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Iran to launch missile test

On Friday Iran will run tests of four different types of ground-to-sea missiles within the framework of military training exercises in the Arabian Gulf, reports Iranian media, citing General Murtaz Safari. He gave information only on the "Nasr" type missile, which are designed to hit vessel's with a load displacement of 3000 tons. The military exercises under the name "Great Prophet" were launched on April 22nd.

Two laws presented to State Duma at behest of FSB

On Saturday a law was been introduced to the Russian parliament, according to which a person can be charged for disobeying an FSB officer's order or impeding the officer in performing their official duties, reports RIA Novosti. Moreover, the FSB may be granted the power to give official warnings to people whose actions facilitate crime, and to launch investigations into them. The law is aimed to enforce the preventative work of the FSB.

PACE will consider a report of the war between Russia and Georgia of 2008

The Georgian delegation is leaving for Strasbourg to participate in a PACE session which will be opened on April, 26th. Following the words of the president of the parliament euro-intergration commitee David Darchiashvili, the session will start the next week and will end on April, 30th. At the spring session of PACE Heidi Tagliavini is expected to announce a conclusion on the August war between Russia and Georgia.

Garegin II to meet Ilham Aliyev in Baku.

During the summit of religious leaders which will take place in Baku from April 26th to 28th, Azeri president Ilham Aliyev will welcome Armenian Catholicos Garegin II, 1news.az reports the press secretary of the Saint Echmizdzin bishopric, Vagram Melikyan, saying in a phone conversation with journalists. He underlined that a special meetingbetween Aliev and Garegin would take place.

Caspian Sea ports could unite into an association

A united session of administrations of ports of Caspian Sea countries took place in Astrakhan on Friday, with the participation of representatives from Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, CA-News reports. The Governor of the Astrakhan Region, Alexander Zhilkin, welcomed the guests.

'Mets yegern' is being remembered in Armenia, statement from Obama expected

Armenians around the world are commemorating the 95th anniversry of the tragic events in Ottoman Turkey during  WW1, which are regarded in Armenia as the genocide of the Armenian nation.

A parliamentary commission in Georgia has come to a conclusion about the murder of Gamsakhurdia

А special commission of the Georgian parliament has concluded that the former president of Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, was murdered, local media report. Official data maintained that he committed a suicide in 1993. But a year later Russian court experts found two bullet holes in his skull. The Georgian parliament commission came to its conclusion on the basis of this evidence, Georgia online reports.

Turkey resorts to silent diplomacy with Armenia

Turkish president Abdullah Gül has expressed his attitude to the decision of Armenia to stop ratification of the agreements between the two countries. 'A policy of silent diplomacy is needed for some time', he said, although, he does not think that the process has complete halted, ANS reports citing CNN Turk.

Russia will fight terrorism with force and socio-economic methods

Russian president Dmitri Medvedev thinks that terrorism must be fought not only by force but also through improving the economic situation in the North Caucasus, which is why he assigned Alexander Khloponin as his representative in this federal district, RIA-Novosti reports. Medvedev is travelling to Norway at the invitation of King Harald V, and gave an interview to a Norwegian journal. He also said that the traditional islam found in the regions of North Caucasus should be

Armenia does not want to leave occupied territories - Azerbaijani president

Azerbaijani President and commander of the country's armed forces Ilham Aliyev held a meeting at the Defense Ministry devoted to the building up of the armed forces on Friday."This is the main issue for us, as Azerbaijan land has been under occupation for many long years," he said, APA reports, citing AzTV.

Russia does not support Iranian nuclear conference statement

Moscow does not support a document released after an Tehran international conference on disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, reports RIA Novosti citing Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko. The conference was held on April 17-18 under the slogan "Nuclear energy to all countries, nuclear weapons to none." Russian was represented Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Head of North Caucasus anti-terrorism group appointed

The head of Russia's Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, has appointed the chief of an interdepartmental group in the North Caucasus Federal District responsible for investigating terrorism and terrorism-related crime.His name has not been revealed for security reasons, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said, reports RIA Novosti.

Russia hopes for continuation of Armenia-Turkey rapprochement

Russia hopes Armenia and Turkey will overcome their current difficulties and create the conditions for the full-scale normalization or ties, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.Andrei Nesterenko was speaking after Armenia suspended its ratification of protocols to restore diplomatic relations between the two states.He said that the restoration of relations between the "two neighbouring states" would "revitalize the political atmosphere" in the region.The protocols were signed by the Armenian and Turkish foreign ministers in Zurich in 2009.

Turkey hopes for normalization of ties with Armenia

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the decision to suspend protocols signed with Turkey  was "made unilaterally by Armenia".He also said that the process would resume as soon as possible, and this resumption would be beneficial not only for Armenia and Turkey but for all other countries of the region, as well as for the international community, especially the USA, France and Russia.The protocols were signed by the sides in October 2009.

North Ossetia's parliament to decide on new term for republic's head on April 29

The North Ossetian parliament will consider granting Taimuraz Mamsurov a second term as head of the republic on April 29, RIA Novosti reports, citing a parliamentary statement.On April 23, President Dmitry Medvedev suggested that Mamsurov should be appointed head of the republic of North Ossetia-Alania for a second term."This issue will be resolved by a vote in parliament," the statement said.In 2005, Mamsurov became the first head of the republic to be appointed rather than voted into power.

Turkish prime minister to visit Greece

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to pay an official visit to Greece on May 14, reports Ria Novosti, citing the Greek Foreign Ministry.Erdogan will be accompanied by 10 ministers, including the economic, foreign affairs, home affairs, European affairs and energy ministers.

Iran 'agrees' to give IAEA more access

Diplomatic sources said on Friday that Iran has agreed in principle to give the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) greater monitoring rights to a uranium enrichment site.The diplomats say while the agreement is not yet in force, Teheran has agreed to increase the capacity of the IAEA to monitor a site where it has been enriching uranium for two months. Although Iran hasn't agreed to the full set of measures the IAEA aspired to, the Islamic Republichad agreed to a substantially high level of monitoring.

Kazakh President’s Eurasian idea discussed in Astana again

The Eurasian idea of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev became the main subject of discussion today at a meeting of Majilis Parliament Chairman Ural Muhamedjanov and the president of the international social fund “Dialogue Eurasia”, Salikh Akchay, the VK correspondent in Kazakhstan reports. It is the Year of rapprochement of cultures and broadening of dialogue between civilizations. The sides noted Kazakhstan's experience and that the integration initiatives of its leader have been recognized by the UN and the international community.

Turkish Foreign Minister discusses prospects for Erdogan’s visit to Athens

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has met with Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Demetris Droutsas, TRT reports.At a joint press-conference it was emphasized that Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Athens on the 14th and 15th of May. Davutoglu will meet Droutsas in Tallinn, where he will participate in a summit of NATO's foreign ministers.

Iran’s mass training exercises in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran started mass exercises of its armed forces in the Persian Gulf region yesterday. Manoeuvers began despite numerous sanctions against Tehran proposed by US authorities, Georgia Online reports. The training will last three days. It will include marine, air and ground subdivisions. The objective is security in the Persian Gulf region.