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Turkey Pledges to Work for Syria Cease-Fire in Mediator Role

Turkey Pledges to Work for Syria Cease-Fire in Mediator Role

Ankara to facilitate contacts between Syria’s government and opposition groups

Iran finds European buyers of its heavy water

Iran finds European buyers of its heavy water

Iran found potential buyers of its heavy water, spokesman for Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said. "We have made significant progress and sold 70 tonnes of heavy water in seven …

EU#039s gas dependence on Russia hits new record

EU's gas dependence on Russia hits new record

The share of Gazprom's gas in the balance of non-CIS countries receiving Russian gas in 2016 reached 33.5%, after 31% in 2015. Gazprom Export's December corporate bulletin Blue Fuel notes a steady increase in the company's …

U.S.#039s foreign policy fantasy landed Turkey with a massive bill

U.S.'s foreign policy fantasy landed Turkey with a massive bill

Turkey has been conducting foreign policy by basing it on its own national interests and the new regional situation

EU citizens want more social equality, but not more Europe

EU citizens want more social equality, but not more Europe

Europeans are more concerned about the consequences of the economic crisis than anything else

Juncker opposes change in EU migration policy

Juncker opposes change in EU migration policy

The President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker does not support a change in the migration policy of the European Union after the attack in Berlin. In an interview for the …

The U.S. Is Now a Country That Can Be Ignored

The U.S. Is Now a Country That Can Be Ignored

Washington shouldn't pretend to project liberal democratic principles internationally

Common ground on Syria unites Russia and Turkey

Common ground on Syria unites Russia and Turkey

Moacow plans with Turkey and Iran to prepare its own Syrian peace roadmap

Baku Port expects growth in freight transportation

Baku Port expects growth in freight transportation

Drop in the volumes was recorded last year due to global economic crisis

The European Union and future with the South Caucasus

The European Union and future with the South Caucasus

Brussels believes that it has a responsibility to play a role in the political and economic development of the region

Agreement on Georgia#039s visa liberalisation confirmed

Agreement on Georgia's visa liberalisation confirmed

On December 20, 2016, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) confirmed, on behalf of the Council, the agreement reached on December 13 with the European Parliament on visa liberalisation for Georgia. The agreement provides …

EU formally extends Russia sanctions

EU formally extends Russia sanctions

The European Union extended economic sanctions against Russia by six months on Monday after completing the legislative process for a decision endorsed last week by national leaders at an EU summit. Sanctions introduced in July 2014 will …

Turkey#039s economic turn to the East

Turkey's economic turn to the East

Growing economic pressures are pushing Turkey towards China and Russia

EU foreign policy chief condemns terror attack in Turkey’s Kayseri

EU foreign policy chief condemns terror attack in Turkey’s Kayseri

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini condemned the car bomb blast which hit Turkey's central city of Kayseri and expressed condolences in a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut …

Merkel: EU decides to extend sanctions against Russia

Merkel: EU decides to extend sanctions against Russia

The sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis will be extended for an additional six months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said following the EU summit. Merkel explained …

EU agrees to extend Russia sanctions until mid-2017

EU agrees to extend Russia sanctions until mid-2017

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to extend the bloc's main economic sanctions against Russia over Ukraine for six months until mid-2017, diplomats said, Reuters reported. The decision was expected and the formal process to …

EU Parliament approves cancellation of visa regime for Ukrainian, Georgian nationals

EU Parliament approves cancellation of visa regime for Ukrainian, Georgian nationals

The European Parliament on Thursday approved the completion of the legislative process to cancel the visa regime with the EU for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia. The decision was made by the majority of MEPs, Sputnik reports. …

Kosachev says current EU is caravan moving with speed of  slowest camel

Kosachev says current EU is caravan moving with speed of slowest camel

By speaking in favor of extending anti-Russian sanctions at the EU summit, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel demonstrated the loss of leading positions in the European Union, …

EU fails to reach compromise on Turkish ascension

EU fails to reach compromise on Turkish ascension

Austria votes against ‘Freezing of Turkey’s accession process’ omitted in final declaration

Mogherini: Russia and EU can be on same side against US

Mogherini: Russia and EU can be on same side against US

Moscow and Brussels can be on the same side against Washington in certain cases, European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini …

EU sanctions on Russia to be extended for six months

EU sanctions on Russia to be extended for six months

The European Union will prolong sanctions against Russia for six more months by the end of 2016, a high-ranking EU official said ahead of the bloc’s summit. "Not one of EU countries has voiced concern over a possible …

Will Georgia receive visa-free regime with EU in January?

Will Georgia receive visa-free regime with EU in January?

The European Parliament may vote for the visa-free regime for the citizens of Georgia in January, following the adoption of the agreement by the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament said in a statement. "The deal …

The effectiveness and future of Western sanctions on Russia

The effectiveness and future of Western sanctions on Russia

Will the US and EU renew these sanctions before they expire early next year?

Mogherini: no EU member state asked for anti-Russian sanctions over Syria

Mogherini: no EU member state asked for anti-Russian sanctions over Syria

No member state of the European Union asked for sanctions against Russia over the situation in Syria at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said, Sputnik reports. …

German FM believes ceasing talks with Turkey on EU entry impractical

German FM believes ceasing talks with Turkey on EU entry impractical

Halting negotiations with Turkey on its accession to the European Union would be inexpedient at the moment, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday, Sputnik reports. "I would …

EU Commission head speaks out against suspending accession talks with Turkey

EU Commission head speaks out against suspending accession talks with Turkey

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke out on Sunday against suspending negotiations with Turkey on its accession to the European Union. “In contrast to the European …

Is Europe#039s frosty relations with Russia thawing amid growth of populism?

Is Europe's frosty relations with Russia thawing amid growth of populism?

Signs are growing relations between former Cold War enemies appear to be thawing following votes suggesting a new wave of politics sweeping across Europe.

EU to extend economic sanctions on Russia

EU to extend economic sanctions on Russia

The European Union will extend by six months its main economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine after the bloc's leaders meet in Brussels on Dec. 15, diplomatic sources and officials said, Reuters reported. The …

No documents signed by Russia, Ukraine, EU during gas talks

No documents signed by Russia, Ukraine, EU during gas talks

No documents were signed by Russia, Ukraine and the European Union during trilateral gas talks, chief executive of Ukraine’s Naftogaz Andrei Kobolev said after meeting. "We did not sign. No agreements were managed to …

 Mard: dialogue significant for Karabakh conflict settlement

Mard: dialogue significant for Karabakh conflict settlement

The European Union supports a comprehensive peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the EU ambassador to Azerbaijan, Malena Mard, said while commenting on the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in …