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Georgian, Polish prime ministers discuss bilateral relations

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who arrived in Tbilisi on Thursday for an official visit, held his first meeting with his Georgian counterpart, Nikolai Gilauri, Georgia Online reports.According to the press service of the Georgian prime minister, issues of economic and political relations and prospects for their deepening were discussed at the meeting. The sides also discussed the start of direct flights between Tbilisi and Warsaw and the holding of a joint business forum.

Levon Sargsyan becomes Armenian ambassador at large

Armenian President Serge Sargsyan has signed a decree relieving Levon Sargsyan from the post of Armenian ambassador to Tunisia, and, as a second job, in Algeria, Novosti Armenia reports, citing the presidential press service communication.Another decree named Levon Sargsyan as an ambassador-at-large.

Azerbaijan’s president receives Iranian envoy on Caspian issues

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received on Thursday the special representative of the Iranian president on Caspian Sea issues, Mehdi Safari, Trend reports referring to the state news agency AzerTAj.During the meeting there was an exchange of opinions on bilateral relations between the countries, cooperation in energy sphere and a number other issues.

Karabakh conflict should be resolved this year - OSCE representative

"The Karabakh conflict should be resolved this year," said rapporteur on Nagorno-Karabakh problems and the ambassador at large of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on Georgian issues Goran Lennmarker during a meeting on Thursday with students at Yerevan State University, Novosti Armenia reports."We should give a quick solution to this problem later this year, because in the course of the conflict people are continually being killed," Lenтmarker said, emphasizing that the solution could only be of purely peaceful nature.

Minsk Group co-chairmen to arrive in Caucasus in late March

"Work with the co-chairmen is going ahead, they’ve met with the foreign minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mamedyarov, and next week they will meet in Moscow with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said on Thursday during a briefing in Moscow, Vesti TV channel reports.

Azerbaijan is Georgia’s 2nd-largest trading partner

 Georgia’s state statistics service reported that Azerbaijan was the country’s second-largest trading partners in January 2010, Business Georgia reports.During the stated period, trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Georgia amounted to $43.1 million (11.2% of total turnover). Georgian exports to Azerbaijan were worth $15 million (14.1% of total exports).The main exports from Georgia to Azerbaijan were motor cars (56%), cement (8.8%) and cattle (7.2%), with other products making up the remaining 28%.

Chinese businessmen come to make investments in Dagestan

Chinese businessmen come to make investments in Dagestan

Dagestan’s president, Magomedsalam Magomedov, met in Makhachkala on Thursday with representatives of business circles of China, headed by the president of Norinko International Cooperation, Wang Jinping, RIA Dagestan reports referring to the press service of the head of the republic.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc stops sales to Iran

The English-Dutch concern Royal Dutch Shell Plc has stopped supplying gasoline to Iran, but a company representative did not explain the reasons for it, reports the Associated Press. "We do not currently sell any gasoline to Iran," said Rayiner Winzenried, a Shell spokesman in The Hague.He declined to say when shipments were halted, and if the move was connected to the possible toughening of sanctions against Iran.

Azerbaijan prepares Caspian Sea draft agreement

Azerbaijan has prepared a draft of an agreement taking into account the approaches of the Caspian countries and presented it during a Baku meeting of deputy ministers of foreign affairs of Caspian states, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said, Trend reports.

Council of Europe rules on Azerbaijani human rights

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has published its rulings on the implementation by Azerbaijan and other European states of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, Trend reports.The decisions taken on 25 cases or categories of cases concerning Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Britain, Turkey and Ukraine were published.

Turkey to give Russia draft of agreement on nuclear power plant construction

Turkey will give Russia a draft of an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant, ITAR-TASS reports.In late February, the Russian side handed over its draft of the intergovernmental agreement to Ankara for examination.

Militant detained in Chechnya’s Grozny

Police have detained a suspected militant in the Chechen capital of Grozny, a law enforcement spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Thursday.The statement said the militant had fought under notorious Chechen separatist commander Ruslan Gelayev from March 1999 until November 1999.Gelayev was known as the Black Angel by Russian forces, and died in 2004 of injuries sustained while attempting to cross into Georgia.

Sarkozy: Armenia and Azerbaijan should come to a compromise

Yerevan and Baku should come to a compromise to resume the “dynamics of peace” in Nagorno-Karabakh, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.The French leader was speaking during the talks with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan. The meeting took place on Wednesday evening at the Élysée Palace, ITAR-TASS reports."Each of the sides should make efforts to find a compromise for the resumption of the peaceful dynamics of the resolution of the conflict [in Nagorno-Karabakh]," Sarkozy said.

U.S. President Barack Obama has prolonged unilateral economic sanctions against Iran for another year

U.S. President Barack Obama has prolonged unilateral economic sanctions against Iran for another year, ITAR-TASS reports. In a letter to Congress, Obama said the authorities in Tehran “pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”

New pipeline will provide Sochi with gas

The construction of the new gas pipeline " Dzhubga -Layarevskoye-Sochi" will be finished in the second quarter this year, and its annual pumping capacity will be 3.8 billion cubic meters of gas.The project is included in the federal program of the construction of Olympic objects and the development of Sochi. Gas will also go through this pipeline to supply the Adler thermal power plant, which a Gazprom subsidiaries have started building in the Imeretin Valley

Russia supports strengthening of OSCE role in conflict resolution

Russia supports strengthening of OSCE role in conflict resolution

Russia is in favor of the strengthening of the role of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in conflict resolution, Russia’s OSCE envoy Anvar Azimov said on Wednesday.

Azerbaijani president meets Polish premier in Baku

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev met Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Baku on Wednesday, state news agency AzerTadg said.

French, Armenian presidents hold Paris talks

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy discussed in Paris on Wednesday the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, regional security, Armenian-Turkish reconciliation and other bilateral issues, News.am reported.

Germany hands over to Russia suspect in Dagestani MP attack

Germany has extradited to Russia a man accused of taking part in an attempt on the life of the Dagestani MP Magomed-Rasul Omarov, a Prosecutor General's Office spokesperson said, as reported by ITAR-TASS.

Georgian air force unites with ground forces

The Georgian air forces will cease to exist as an independent element of the country’s armed forces and will be merged with the ground forces under an amendment to defence laws, Georgia Online reported on Wednesday.