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The Avaz tourism zone of Turkmenistan will host an inter-department conference today to discuss ecology of the Caspian Sea, control over pollution and monitoring of water, preservation of biological resources according to the national action plan.The conference will be attended by officials of the State Enterprise for Issues of the Caspian Sea, State Presidential Agency for Management and Utilization of Hydrocarbon Resources, State Service for Maritime and River Transportation, State Committee for Fishin Economy, UN DP, European Union, WHO, diplomats.

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Turkish President Abdullah Gül has recently given a message of unity, presenting the long-neglected European Union full membership goal as one of the main targets requiring nationwide solidarity,

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Armenia abolishes visa regime for Croatians and considers Iraq

At today's cabinet meeting, Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan instructed the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Economy to consider the potential of facilitating the visa regime with Iraq. The ministries should submit a draft for discussion at the ministerial committee within a week.

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Armenia to decide whether to join Eurasian Union

Vyacheslav Kovalenko, Russian Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Georgia (2006-2008) and Armenia (2009-2013), has commented on Armenia’s choice of the EU or the Eurasian Union as the course of its further development. The ex-ambassador said that the association agreement of Armenia and the EU was a large document for trade-economic relations and excluded points on visa-free regime.

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Armenia has to choose between the European Union and the Eurasian Union

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Georgia (2006-2008) and Armenia (2009-2013), director of regional programs of the Institute of Caspian Cooperation Vyacheslav Kovalenko commented on the situation regarding the choice of Armenia between the European and Eurasian Union. Armenia and the European Union have successfully concluded negotiations on an agreement on a deep and comprehensive free trade area, which is part of the Association Agreement with the EU. But it could affect relations between Armenia and the Eurasian community.

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RIA Novosti hosts talks on Five-Day War of South Ossetia

RIA Novosti is hosting a round-table conference in Moscow today to discuss five years that have passed since the Five-Day War in South Ossetia. Experts will discuss the past events and prospects of relations between Georgia, a state that will have presidential polls in October, Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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EU hopes to force negotiations between "the six" and Iran

The EU looks forward to "six" of international mediators engaging with Iran to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, the representative of the EU External Action Service Michael Mann said today."We hope that the new Iranian government will be prepared to make rapid progress towards addressing international concerns about its nuclear programme and engage constructively on the (P5+1) proposal for confidence-building," Mann said.

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The Turkish foreign trade deficit in June 2013 increased by 18.9%, compared with June 2013, and totaled $8.5 billion, Trend reports.Turkish export dropped by 6% in June 2013 and totaled $12.4 billion. Imports totaled $21.8 billion in the year, increasing by 2.8%.Import from the EU in June 2013 totaled 41.6% of all imports, compared with June 2012. Exports to the EU increased by 5.3% to $5.1 billion.Germany is the biggest importer of Turkish products, increasing imports 3.5-fold in June to $1.1 billion, followed by Iraq with $925 million, UK $605 million.

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The Jerusalem Post published an article headlined "Rouhani takes office as Iran's president after Khamenei's endorsement."  "Iranian supreme leader hands reins to Ahmadinejad's successor; experts say the economic problems Rouhani is inheriting are "staggering," unlikely he can fix economy without easing of sanctions," the author writes. "Rouhani's resounding election win in June raised hopes of a negotiated end to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program That would avert a possible new war in the Middle East," the article reads. 

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Alexey Vlasov, Editor-in-Chief of Vestnik Kavkaza, said, commenting on the talks about formation of a free trade zone of the EU and Armenia concluded last week, that such deal was part of the association agreements of the EU and the Eastern Partnership. Such zone would simplify traffic of Armenian products to the EU market, he noted.

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EU ban for gun exports to Syria expires

The EU embargo on sales of weapons to Syria imposed on May 10, 2011, has expired today.The embargo was extended by 3 months on February 18, 2013. EU foreign ministers had a meeting on May 27 and failed to find common grounds for the embargo, which expired on May 31. They agreed to make no exports of weapons to Syria until August 1.

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PKK leader Ocalan demands Turkey to fulfill promises

Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) sentenced to life at Imrali, has urged Turkey to fulfill its promises, RIA Novosti cites his brother Mehmet Ocalan.The health condition of 64-year-old Abdullah Ocalan got worse. His family demands independent doctors to be allowed to examine the convict.

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