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Medvedev okays deal on Russian military base in South Ossetia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered the Defense Ministry to hold discussions with South Ossetia on the signing of a deal on a Russian military base in the South Caucasus republic, RIA Novosti reported.

Medvedev’s representative to North Caucasus forms his team

Medvedev’s representative to North Caucasus forms his team

Deputy Industry Minister Maxim Bystrov will be appointed deputy presidential envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District with responsibility for economic issues, respected business daily Vedomosti reports, citing members of the delegation and the government. The document on his employment has not yet been signed but Bystrov has already begun to carry out his duties, the government official said.

Russian, Armenian foreign ministers talk Nagorno-Karabakh in Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Armenian counterpart Edvard Nalbandian met in Moscow on March 8, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website said.

Georgia signs deal with one more U.S. lobbying firm

This January, the Georgian government signed a six-month contract with one of the most powerful lobbying firms in Washington – the Podesta Group. According to the deal, worth $300,000, the company will support the Georgian authorities in Congress and in relations with the executive powers of the U.S., as well as provide mass-media management services. According to documentation presented to the U.S. Justice Department, Podesta will also organize meetings between the representatives of the Georgian authorities and members of Congress and executive authorities. The Podesta Group was founded in 1988 by the brothers Tony and John Podesta – reports Business Georgia.  

Turkey will not yield to pressure over Armenia ties – foreign minister

Turkey will not give way to pressure from any state over its relations with Armenia, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said, Armenia Today reported on Tuesday.

NATO-Georgia committee to meet March 12 in Brussels

The next meeting of the NATO-Georgia committee will take place on March 12 at the headquarters of the military alliance in Brussels, the Georgia Times reports.  

Armenian president goes to Paris

Armenian President Serge Sargsyan will fly out on Tuesday for a three-day official visit to Paris that will include meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the speaker of the senate and other high-ranking officials, Armenia Today reports.  

Turkish president to visit Kazakhstan in May

Turkish President Abdulla Gul will visit Kazakhstan in May, the former Soviet republic’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev has said, News-Kazakhstan reported on Tuesday.  

Parliamentary election on Iraq started with explosions

From 10 p.m. on Saturday till 5 a. m. on Monday in the Iraqui capital was imposed curfew. In a few hours till the beginning of the election the deserted city was plunged in tense silence.

Chechen President: liquidation of Buriatsky will help in search of Umarov

  Liquidation of ideologist of North-Caucasian militants Said Buriatsky will hasten the process of search of the Leader of bandit underground Doki Umarov – supposes President of Chechen Republic Ramazan Kadyrov. 

Chechen authorities and the leadership of border services of Russian Federation have discussed joint collaboration

Chechen President Ramsan Kadyrov and the first deputy of the Head of border services of Department of the Interior of Russian Federation have discussed during the meeting the perspectives of the cooperation of republican authorities and border forces in the question of order and security on the South of Russia – reports portal Yuga.ru.

China does not approve sanctions against Iran

China thinks that the application of sanctions against Iran will not favour solving the nuclear problem, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the PRC Yan Czechi, reports Interfax."We do not consider sanctions to be a possible way of solving the Iranian nuclear problem", - said the head of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday during the press-conference being a part of session of the National People's Congress (NPC, the superior body of the political authority in China).

Iran started mass production of the new cruise missile

The Iranian minister of Defense general Ahmad Vahidi said, that in the country started being manufactured in production quantities antivessel cruise missiles «Nasr-1", reports Trend referring to the news agency IRNA. According to Vahidi, a "Nasr" missile can destroy the vessel of 3000 displacement tons.The «Nasr-1» missile falls into the category of short-range missiles, it can be launched both from the land and from the vessel, but the missile can not be launched yet from aircraft or submarines.

Ahmadinejad again questioned the events of September, 11

Iranian state mass media have quoted the statement made by the president of the country Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who again questioned the facts, concerning the events in USA of September, 11, 2001 - reports BBC.Particularly, it is reported that, Ahmadinejad declared that the attack then was incited by the intelligence service, as a pretext for invading Afghanistan and start of the war on terrorism.

The Turkish Vice-premier says: the vote in the Committee of the U.S. Congress was a tragicomedy

The vote in the Committee of the U.S. Congress shouldn’t be called a comedy but tragicomedy, the Turkish Vice-premier and Minister of State Bülent Arınç, reports Trend News referring to the news agency Cihan. As the "VC" has previously reported, the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Congress adopted the resolution on recognition of the so called "Armenian genocide".

In Teheran is being held the seminar on the South Caucasus

On March, 7 in Teheran University has started tarted the seminar "Prospect of security and cooperation in the South Caucasus", in the course of which will take place the exchange of opinions between the experts and politicians of the region, reports Georgia Online ("Грузия Online").

Co-chairmen of MG OSCE will meet with the head of Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Co-chairmen of Minsk Group on settlement of Karabakh conflict are going to meet in Paris in March with Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandyan in the run-up to the visit to the region. It was said in declaration by co-chairpersons of MG OSCE Yuri Merzliakov (Russia), Bernard Fassier (France) and Robert Bradtke (USA), which has been placed at the official website of OSCE, reports News-Armenia.

Abdullah Gul made a statement on March 8

Tomorrow on March 8 there is celebrated the International Women’s Day. In connection with the coming holiday the Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that along with development of democracy and growth of standards of human rights, also a substantial progress has been achieved also in struggle for women’s lib, reports Trend referring to TRT Russian.

Azerbaijan looks for new allies

Azerbaijan looks for new allies

The situation in the South Caucasus forces Baku to revise foreign-policy and export priorities.

Azerbaijan sends protest note to U.S. Congress

Azerbaijan's ruling party said on Friday the adoption of the resolution "On the Armenian Genocide" by the U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee was a distortion of historical reality and a gross violation of the principles of justice.