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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has met the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, Robert Bradtke (U.S), Bernard Fassier (France), Igor Popov (Russia) and the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, AzerTag reports.The sides shared their views on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh at the meeting.

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Azerbaijan desires cooperation with the EN and NATO, but is not planning to join either of them, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, ITAR-TASS reports.Mamedyarov noted that "integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures is a top priority of Azerbaijani foreign policy, but one should clearly understand that integration doesn't mean membership". "Our cooperation will continue within the frames of reforms, which our country needs", the minister said.

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Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov pointed out the need to further strengthen the country's Caspian Sea at a recent Turkmen Security Council meeting, a government statement said. At the meeting, Berdimuhammedov also signed a decree ordering the construction of a shipyard at the State Border Service, Trend reports."The Turkmen military doctrine is purely defensive in nature," Berdimuhamedov said. He added that Turkmenistan has chosen the status of a permanently neutral state.

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US state secretary Hillary Clinton arrived in Tbilisi on Monday, Novosti Georgia reports, citing the Georgian Foreign Ministry. A meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is scheduled.While Clinton will also meet with leaders of the Georgian opposition, she will not meet with the head of the "Democratic movement -United Georgia." Nino Burdzhanidze has said she did not wish to meet Clinton, adding that she would give her reasons for the decsion at a later date.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that Ankara does not exclude the possibility of cutting relations with Israel. He said that while the measure was a last resort, Turkey would break diplomatic ties with Israel if Tel Aviv continues to refuse to apologize for a recent deadly attack on Gaza-bound aid vessels and refuses to participate in an international investigation into the incident, ITAR-TASS reports.

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Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement bringing the Customs Union code came into force, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday, Interfax reports.He also noted that the code will come into trilateral force on July 6, while for Kazakhstan and Russia it is has been in effect since July 1.

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US state secretary Hillary Clinton will finish her tour of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region in Georgia on Monday. Clinton will meet with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Interfax reports.The two will discuss bilateral ties and issues within the framework of the United States-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership.

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The Turkish Defense Ministry has officially informed Israel of its decision not to participate in joint search-and-rescue drills in the Mediterranean Sea scheduled for August, Interfax reports. The drills will now see the participation of the USA and Israel.

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Turkey will allocate Kyrgyzstan $21 million to support its budget and finance the construction of housing in the southern regions of the country. The news was announced following a meeting between the Kyrgyz interim government's deputy chairman Almazbek Atambaev and Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, which took place in Bishkek, the news agency 24kg reports.

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A summit of the Eurasian economic community under the chairmanship of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev opened today in Astana, KazTag reports.Leaders of all EurAsEC member-states will participate in the summit, and Serzh Sargsyan, the president of observer state Armenia will also take part. It is expected that EurAsEC's 2011 budget will be passed at the meeting and the establishment of the organization's court will be completed.

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Russo-Iranian "alert partnership" (Part 1)

Russo-Iranian "alert partnership" (Part 1)Many different events have taken place in the history of Russo-Iranian relations, both positive and negative. However, the parties have always sensed and been aware of each other's significance.Historical facts

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Turkish oil-squeezer

Turkey plans to make the most of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. After the BP drilling rig explosion and subsequent oil spill, Turkish authorities brought up the problem of replacing tanker oil transportation with the trans-Anatolian Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline.

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The countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are developing a program of innovative co-operation that will run up to the year 2020. Large-scale projects will be implemented in the framework of this program, said the head of the Russian Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and InternationalHumanitarian Cooperation, Farit Mukhametshin, RIA Novosti reports.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Yerevan, News.am reports. Her airplane landed in the evening of July 4th at Yerevan's "Zvartnots" International Airport and Clinton headed for a meeting with the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, after which she held a press-conference together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Eduard Nalbandyan.

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