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Russian-Azerbaijani military cooperation discussed in Baku

Russian-Azerbaijani military technical cooperation was discussed at a meeting of the countries' defence ministers in Baku, reports Trend, citing the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry. The meeting also saw a discussion of the situation in the region, as well as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.The efforts of the OSCE Minsk group in the process of Armenian-Azerbaijani rapprochement are unsuccessful, and we should intensify work in this sphere, said Azerbaijani Defence Minister Safir Abiyev at the meeting.

Turkey urges Greece to save on defence spending

Turkish State Secretary and the head of his country's delegation at Turkish-EU negotiations Egemen Bagis has advised Greece to reduce its spending on arms."Our defence expenditures should be equal to those of our partners. That is why we should move towards mutual arms reduction," Bagis said. He also said he considered Greek spending on arms to be one of the reasons for the economic crisis in Greece.Speaking about negotiations with the EU, Bagis noted that sides should show patience in this issue. "Turkey won't join the EU before the end of the talks.

Iran to let in mothers of detained US citizens

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has announced that the mothers of three US citizens detained and charged with spying in July can visit their children. According to the head of the Foreign Ministry Manucher Mottaki, the Iranian government has already issued them with visas, reports Radio Svobodi.The US citizens deny the charges.

Azerbaijani president praises Victory Day parade in Moscow

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said he was impressed with the May 9 military parade in Moscow in honor of the 65th anniversary of victory in World War Two, reports Interfax."We enjoyed the Moscow parade," he said at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov in Baku."We are very pleased that our officers were invited to take part in this parade. It symbolizes our unity," the Azerbaijani leader added.

Russian defence minister arrives in Baku

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdukov will arrive in Azerbaijan for a two-day working trip on Tuesday, reports RIA Novosti, citing a Defense Ministry spokesperson.Meetings with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Defense Minister Safar Abiyev are scheduled during the visit.

Iran hails Turkish support for diplomacy

Iran hails Turkish support for diplomacy

Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani has praised Turkey for supporting a diplomatic solution on Iran's nuclear activities, Trend reported.

Medvedev to visit Turkey

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Turkey on May 11th -12th to discuss economic cooperation and mutual investments, reports ITAR-TASS."Relations between Turkey and Russia are moving to a new level of development," presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said. Turnover between Turkey and Russia reached $19.6 billion in 2009.

"The Alliance for Georgia" protests act of vandalism

Representatives of "The Alliance for Georgia" have again protested against the bombing of the memorial in Kutaissi. Oppositionists laid flowers at the site where the former war memorial stood, "GeorgiaToday" reports citing "InterpressNews". This act of vandalism, which resulted in the deaths of two victims, was a clear sign of disrespect towards the veterans, said Mamuka Mgvdeladze, the leader of the Kuatisi organization 'New Rights', part of the 'Alliance' movement.

Victory parade in Tskhinvali

A parade in honor of the 65th anniversary of Victory Day has taken place in Tskhinvali, "Res" news agency reports. The Supreme Commander-in-Chief was not present, as he had been invited to the parade in Moscow, so the parade was led by deputy defence minister Ibrahim Gasseyev. He said that the heroic deeds of his compatriots is "eternal and sacred". "Over 100 thousand Ossetians fought in WW2. One in two did not return. More than 20 thousand people volunteered for the front, that is every

Domestic gas explosion Nalchik shop

An explosion occurred today in a shop on the central street ofNalchik, RIA Novosti reports, referring to a source in theKabardino-Balkariya law-enforcement apparatus.The incident happened at 09:35 hours in the shop 'Odezhda' at 24 LeninProspect, which was closed for the holidays. According to preliminarydata, there are no casualties as a result of the domestic gasexplosion, said a representative of the Investigative Committee of thePublic Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation inKabardino-Balkariya.

Field engineer dies in Dagestan

A field engineer has died while attempting to defuse an explosivedevice near a building occupied by military servicemen in theDagestani town of Kaspiysk at 07:05 hours, RIA Novosti reports,referring to an Interior Ministry representative in the republic.“After a suspicious object was noticed, the building's inhabitantswere informed and evacuated. When field engineer sergeant FataliGabibov started working on the device, an explosion occurred. Thesapper died tragically”, the press service’s representative said.

An attempt has been made to derail a freight train in Dagestan

An explosion occurred on a freight rail line, there are no casualties orinjured persons, a representative of the directorate of the InteriorMinistry on transport in Makhachkala told RIA Novosti.“The incident happened at 23.05 near Kaspiysk. According to initialdata the train was comprised of an electric locomotive and fourwagons”, he said.At the moment a task group is investigating the scene, and amaintenance crew is working there.

Informal meeting of CIS begins in Gorki

An informal summit of the CIS was opened on Saturday evening in Gorki,a town situated near Moscow.  The summit followed an informal summitof the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which also tookplace in Gorki, RIA Novosti reports.Opening the summit, President of the Russian Federation DmitryMedvedev greeted President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, a newparticipant in the council of heads of CIS member states.As a source in the Kremlin reported before the summit, there is no

Post-Soviet security bloc urges further disarmament efforts

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) on Saturday called on all 'nuclear club' members to join the Russian-U.S. efforts and contribute to the disarmament process, reports RIA Novosti. The post-Soviet security bloc, which held an informal summit near Moscow, adopted a joint statement welcoming the signing of the Russian-U.S. strategic arms reduction treaty.

Russia is looking for contacts with Georgian political elite

Russia wants to restore contacts with all constructive political forces in Georgia, said Russian Premier Vladimir Putin at the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone of the Kutaisi Monument of Honor to Fallen Soldiers of WW II, reports RIA Novosti.

Moscow region holds informal summit of CSTO

An informal summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization is taking place today at the presidential residence "Gorki" near Moscow. The leaders of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan and the Uzbeck premier, as well as the Secretary General of the CSTO, Nikolai Borduzha, are participating in the meeting, reports RIA Novosti.

Dmitri Medvedev congratulates CIS leaders and the peoples of Georgia and Moldova on Victory Day.

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has congratulated leaders of the CIS states, the Abkhaz and Ossetian presidents and the peoples of Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova on the 65th anniversary of Victory Day, reports the Kremlin's press-service.

Russian, Ukrainian and Belarus presidents unveil monoment in honor of WW II hero-cities

Russian, Ukrainian and Belarus presidents unveil monoment in honor of WW II hero-cities

A monument in honor of heroic cities of WW II was unveiled in the Alexander Garden near the Kremlin, launching the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of Victory Day, reports RIA Novosti.

New head of Interior Ministry of North Caucasus Federal District appointed

Sergei Chenchik, lieutenant-general of the police, has been appointed new head of the Interior Ministry in the North Caucasus Federal District under the deputy Interior Minister of Russia, reports RIA Novosti, citing a high-ranking official in the law-enforcement agencies of the region. He will be presented to the staff on May 12th, reports the agency. He previously occupied the position of deputy head of the federal department for the prevention of organized crime.

Turkmen President offers to host a Caspian festival The President of Turkmenistan

Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has come up with the initiative of holding a festival next year in the town of Turkmenbashi, reports Turkmen TV channel Altyn Asyr. According to the Turkmen leader, within the framework of the festival it would be possible to include a scientific conference, concerts and exhibitions of art from the Caspian countries - Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan.