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Turkish PM urges supporters to start demonstration

 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged supporters to start demonstrations against protesters in Ankara on Saturday and Istanbul on Sunday. Protesters plan to rally 1 million people at the Taksim Square. Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said on Twitter that he will join them.

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 US ex-Ambassador Matthew Bryza said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the Armenian-Turkish relations cannot be separated into different processes and the EU and US had made a big mistake in 2009 by separating them, APA reports.Bryza emphasized that settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would help Armenia normalize relations with Turkey. 

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 Baku will host a conference to discuss security integration of the EU and Azerbaijan, organized by the Azerbaijani Presidential Center for Strategic Studies and the European Center for Politics. Farhad Mamedov, director of the presidential center, noted that the EU was activating in South Caucasus, Trend reports.Hans Martens, executive director of the European center, emphasized that economic growth in European countries had started increasing two years after the crisis.

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Europe to give 400 million euros to Syria

The European Union will send another 400 million euros ($523 million) of aid to Syria and its neighbors, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Thursday, calling Syria "a stain on the world's conscience", Reuters reported. Barroso said the EU was already the biggest humanitarian donor in response to the crisis, committing more than 840 million euros to alleviate what he called "the most dramatic humanitarian situation in the last decade".

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Baku to bring together youth leaders from 10 countries

In September this year an event of the international project "Youth in Action" will be held in Azerbaijan. The event will bring together 30 young people from 10 countries, the press service of the public association "Ireli" said.In future, this social organization intends to expand international cooperation and to increase the number of projects, the chairman of "Ireli", Rauf Mardiev, says.

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EU-Russia summit opens in Yekaterinburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Yekaterinburg to take part in the EU-Russia summit, which begins today with an informal dinner. Besides Putin the dinner will be attended by the heads of the EU delegation, the European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, and the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso. The summit will continue on Tuesday, June 4.

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NATO criticizes Russia for barbed wire in South Ossetia

 Special envoy of NATO secretary general to South Caucasus James Appathurai criticized Russian barbed wire laid in South Ossetia, Trend cites the official in Tbilisi today.The NATO and EU demand respect for territorial integrity and thanked the country for contribution to international security.Appathurai expressed condolences over the death of three Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan. 

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SOCAR Turkey to build refinery on Aegean coast

SOCAR Turkey, a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), will build a refinery called Star at the Aliaga Port on the Aegean Sea. The project will be financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other commercial banks with $5.1 billion.The EBRD plans to grant a loan worth $150 million for the refinery construction. SOCAR Turkey owns 41.5% of the shares in the project, the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) owns 40% and TURCAS Petrol A.S owns 18.5%.

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Azerbaijan to host European Championship of Free Calisthenics in 2014

 The European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) in Vienna ha ended the European Championship of Free Calisthenics. The UEG flag was passed to Vice President of the Azerbaijani National Gymnastics Federation Altay Gasanov to host the championship at the Olympic Complex of Gymnastics in Baku on June 13-15, 2014.Azerbaijan expects to see 240 gymnasts. It will be the third forum for free calisthenics of Europe hosted by Baku. Azerbaijan won silvers in four finals this year. Marina Durunda had the best results (fifth). 

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Georgia can influence Russia using foreign partners

 Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze said at the governmental session today, commenting on the barbed wire in South Ossetia, that Georgia could only influence Russia using foreign partners.The problem was discussed in Strasburg and Brussels with ministers of the EU.Panjikidze emphasized that the need of Moscow to take western opinion into account and expressed hope that Russia would fulfill agreements signed on August 12, 2008, and withdraw from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 

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Germany will not send weapons to Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany will not send weapons to the revolution-struck Syria, regardless of other countries’ attitude towards the embargo.Merkel expressed hope that the international conference on Syria will help find a solution to the crisis.EU states failed to reach a consensus on further fate of the embargo. The embargo on sales of weapons to Syria expires on June 1. The UK was the first state to announce that it will not send weapons to Syria.

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 The EU monitoring mission in Georgia calls barbed wire in the Tskhinvali Region unacceptable and believes that it may destabilize the region, head of the monitoring mission Andzej Tiskevic says.He arrived at the administrative border yesterday and plans to present his observations in a report on May 31. He noted that barbed wire was an obstacle for freedom of movement for the local population.

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Azerbaijan and Georgia to protect water resources of River Kura

 Azerbaijan and Georgia will sign an interstate agreements supported by the EU to protect water resources of the Kura River that flows between the two states, Georgia Online reports.The agreements reflects the basic principles of the Helsinki Accords. It will be the first agreement on water resources signed by Azerbaijan since becoming independent. 

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EU may trade weapons in Syria

 EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton said after a meeting with 27 foreign ministers in Brussels today that they had found no common grounds on lifting the embargo against Syria and may decide for themselves whether to sell weapons to Syria or not. The only decision they made is that they will not start selling military equipment immediately.

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