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EU wants to cooperate with Russia in post-Soviet space

The European Union does not want to compete with Russia in post-Soviet space, said the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighboring Policy, Stefan Fule, RIA Novosti reports.Fule recalled that the EU had offered to cooperate with Russia in the 'Eastern Partnership' program, which covers the political and economic integration of the EU with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldavia and Belarus, but that the Russian authorities refused.

Iran ready to cooperate with EU

Tehran is ready to negotiate on nuclear issues with the EU’s HighRepresentative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy CatherineAshton, said a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, RaminMekhimanparast, Vzgliad reports.He spoke about the possibility of a meeting of Ashton with Iran's mainnuclear negotiator, the secretary of the High Council for NationalSecurity, Said Jalili.

European Commission receives mandate for association of Baku, Yerevan and Tbilisi

European Commission receives mandate for association of Baku, Yerevan and Tbilisi

The 27-member EU council of foreign ministers has issued a mandate for negotiations on bilateral agreements between the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, RIA Novosti reports, citing a spokesman from the council.The agreement on the association, which does not provide for EU membership, replaces bilateral agreements on partnership and cooperation.The decision was made by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, Catherine Ashton.

Co-chairs of Geneva talks to visit South Ossetia

The co-chairmen of the discussions in Geneva on security in the Transcaucasia are to visit South Ossetia, Yuga.ru reports.According to the presidential envoy of South Ossetia on post-conflict settlement Boris Chochiyev, the co-chairs from the EU, the OSCE and the UN will arrive for preparatory works on May 13th.

Expert commission on migration, trafficking and money laundering to be

The European Union will establish an expert commission on issues of migration, drug trafficking, organized crime, and money laundering in Armenia, said the head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Raul de Luzenberger, reports Novosti Armenia.

Iran ready for talks with EU officials

Iranian Chief Nuclear Negotiator Saeуd Jalili is ready to meet with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, reports Trend.Ramin Mehmanparast added that the details of the meeting were yet to be agreed on, and noted that while Iran would only discuss its nuclear program with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it was "also ready for talks with Ashton." A new procedure of uranium exchange has been proposed to Iran by Turkey and Brazil, although the details are under discussion, he

Turkey urges Greece to save on defence spending

Turkish State Secretary and the head of his country's delegation at Turkish-EU negotiations Egemen Bagis has advised Greece to reduce its spending on arms."Our defence expenditures should be equal to those of our partners. That is why we should move towards mutual arms reduction," Bagis said. He also said he considered Greek spending on arms to be one of the reasons for the economic crisis in Greece.Speaking about negotiations with the EU, Bagis noted that sides should show patience in this issue. "Turkey won't join the EU before the end of the talks.

Nabucco construction will start on time

Construction of the Nabucco gas pipeline for the transport of naturalgas from the Caspian to Europe, bypassing Russia, will start on timein 2011, official Nabucco spokesman Christian Dolezal said, theTurkish business channel CNBC said.According to Dolezal, 70% of expenses will be compensated by thefinancial institutions and 30% - by consortium members."The EU has already provided us with a 200 million euro loan," -Dolezal said as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Georgia releases two Russian border guards

Georgia has released two Russian border guards detained for illegally crossing the border "near the Galsky region, controlled by Georgian forces," a Georgian official said on Wednesday. The head of the analytic department of the Ministry for Home Affairs of Georgia, Shota Utiashvili, made the announcement just before the start of meeting on the prevention of incidents in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone. The representatives of Georgia, Abkhazia, Russia, EU and the UN will take part in the meeting, which will be hosted by Utiashvili.

Iran ready to accept Brazil's proposal on uranium exchange

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed his willingness to accept Brazil's proposal on the exchange of low-enriched uranium fornuclear fuel during a telephone conversation with his Venezuelan Counterpart Hugo Chavez,  Trend reported.Ahmadinejad said the details of the uranium swap will be discussed during Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's forthcoming Tehran visit, scheduled for next week.Earlier, Ahmadinejad stated that Iran agrees to the IAEA proposal on the exchange of low-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel produce

Georgia launched war against South Ossetia in 2008 - EU commission

Georgia attacked South Ossetia in August 2008, beginning a five-day war with Russia, the head of the EU mission that investigated the conflict told the US Congress today, reports ITAR-TASS. "From our point of view it was Georgia that began hostilities against South Ossetia. We have not received any explanations of Georgia's actions. Before the outbreak of the conflict, Russia's armed forced were inactive," Haidi Tatiavini said. She has called Georgia's aggression an "isolated act and a climax of tension".

Turkmenistan in no hurry to join Nabucco project

Turkmenistan in no hurry to join Nabucco project

The German energy group RWE, as part of the Nabucco projectshareholders, declared today that signing of an agreement withTurkmenistan on gas supplies has been postponed, Trend reports, citingdirector of RWE Supply & Trading Stephan Yudish.

EC president to visit Azerbaijan in July

The President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso willvisit Azerbaijan in June with the framework of a South Caucasus tour,1news.az reports, citing APA.He plans to discuss cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU,Azerbaijani participation in Eastern Partnership program, democraticand economic reforms, the process of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement andAzerbaijani parliamentary elections set for the autumn.

China ready to discuss Iran sanctions - Catherine Ashton

China is ready to discuss sanctions against Iran but insists that theyshould focus on restraining Tehran's nuclear program, ITAR-TASSreports, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton after negotiationswith Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.The issue discussed was not the imposition of sanctions, but what kindof sanctions there should be, she said.

Tbilisi welcomes EU decision on easing visa regime

he Georgian Foreign Ministry welcomes the decision signed by the European Commission on April 27th to ease visa restrictions with the country. The European Commission has also called on the European Parliament and European Council to pass all the procedures to put the decision into legal force as soon as possible, reports Rosbalt.

Bagapsh: Abkhazia won’t let international observers in

Abkhazia's authorities will not let any international observers into the territory of the republic, because Abkhazia sees no need to do this, reports RIA Novosti citing Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh.

US, EU ready to impose unilateral sanctions against Iran.

The European Union and the US are ready to impose unilateral sanctions against Teheran, announced Finnish Foreign Minister Alexandre Stubb. "The sanctions have been drawn up, now it is about what sanctions will be imposed. The EU wants the UN to impose sanctions against Iran. In case this does not happen, the EU and the US are ready to impose unilateral sanctions", - he said in an interview to radio station "Echo of Moscow".

Georgia launched war against South Ossecia in 2008 - EU commision

Georgia was the country that has launched aggression against South Ossecia in August 2008. This was announced today in PACE the head of the EU mission, which has investigated the circumstances of the war outbreak in South Caucasus Haidi Tatiavini, reports ITAR-TASS. "From our point of view it was Georgia, who has launched hostility against South Ossecia. We have not received any explanations the Georgia's actions from its side. Before the outbreak of the conflicts Russia's armed forced were inactive," - Tatiavini said.

News from Greece sees slump on European stock exchange

The leading European stock indexes declined sharply on Tuesday due toa sharp crisis of sovereign debts in European countries, resulting ina falling credit rating of Greece, RIA Novosti reports.The indicators of British FTSE 100 fell by 2.61% by the closing – to6159.51 points. German DAX dropped by 2.73% - to 6159.51 points. TheFrench indicator of CAC lost 3.82% - to 3844.60 points. The last largefall on stock markets happened at the end of 2009 due to theprolongation of a debt payout of Dubai World.

EU troubled by halt in negotiations between Turkey and Armenia

 Catherine Ashton, the head EU representative for international affairsand security policy, has expressed her anxiety about the pause in theprocess of ratifying the protocols on normalization of relationsbetween Armenia and …

PACE spring session to consider Georgia issues

The consequences of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict and the fight against sea piracy are on the agenda of PACE's spring session, which will start today. The ITAR-TASS source said that Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych will address the European Parliament to speak about perspectives ofEU-Ukrainian cooperation. He also added that the Russian foreign minister will participate in the session of April 27 as a special guest.

SOCAR ready to provide 12 billion cubic meters of gas for Nabucco

The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) confirmed its readiness to provide 12 billion cubic meters of gas for the Nabucco pipeline, the Bavarian state minister for federal and European issues Emilia Mueller said on Friday, after a meeting with SOCAR Vice-President Elshad Nasirov, Trend reports. “However, the pipeline will need 31 billion cubic meters of gas. That is why we are negotiating with other countries for their participation in the project”, Mueller said.

Eastern Partnership countries to receive 9 million euros for cultural development

The tender for participation in the competition within the EasternPartnership cultural program was declared at the end of 2010. Theprogram is financed by the European Neighborhood and PartnershipInstrument (ENPI), and is worth 9 million euros, says the annualreport published by ENPI on the EuropeAid website.

Armenian foreign minister informs EU about Armenian-Turkish ties

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian has informed theambassadors of the EU countries and the head of the EU delegationabout Armenian-Turkish relations, RIA Novosti reports, citing thepress-service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry.Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan halted the procedure of ratifyingArmenian-Turkish protocols in parliament earlier today.

EU observer vehicle kills a child

 A car of EU observers in the city of Zugdidi in Georgia has hit a7-year-old child. He died in hospital from his injuries. Witnesses saythat the boy broke away from his mother's hands as they were goinghome from school and …

Ukraine no longer interested in GUAM partnership

Ukraine is no longer interested in future cooperation within theframework of GUAM, the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, VladimirLitvin, said at a news conference. "It seems that nowadays most of the member-states are no longerinterested in this project," he said. He also added that EU Easternpartnership is more attractive for Ukraine.

Bavarian official to discuss energy projects and Eastern Partnership in Baku

Bavarian Minster for Federal and European Affairs Emilia Mueller will discuss the Nabucco pipeline project designed to transport gas from the Caspian Sea and Central Asia to Europe during the visit to Baku. "Recently, I had talks in Austria at the other end of this pipeline. Now, I would like to discuss the Nabucco project at its starting point in Azerbaijan," Mueller said in an interview with Trend in the run up to her Baku visit scheduled for April 21-22.

Azerbaijan postpones work at Shahdeniz-2 until 2017

Azerbaijan postpones work at "Shahdeniz-2" until 2017

Azerbaijan is postponing works at "Shahdeniz-2" until 2017,  Reutersreports. The reasons for the delay are disagreements with Turkey over gas prices and the absence of any decision on construction of the "Nabucco" pipeline.

Eroglu wins presidential polls in Northern Cyprus

The former premier of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Dervish Eroglu, has defeated the incumbent, Mehmet Ali Talat, in presidential polls, winning 50.3% of the vote, according to preliminary figures, reports Turkish media. Eroglu favors a tough stance in talks on Cyprus’s conflict settlement, while Talat stands for the reunion of the Greek and Turkish parts of the island. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish armed forces occupied the northern part of the island after a failed coup.

Estonia supports Turkey’s efforts aimed at joining the EU

Estonia will render Turkey support in its rapprochement with the European Union and in implementation of reforms necessary for it, said Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, currently paying an official visit to Ankara, in the course of his meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul , RIA Novosti reports. The Presidents also discussed the Cyprus problem,  Nagorno Karabakh settlement and developments in Afghanistan. Some Turkish and Estonian servicemen participate in the NATO troops in Afghanistan.