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EU to strengthen ties with Eastern Partnership states

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania and head of the European Union, said that the EU was planning to strengthen ties with members of the Eastern Partnership (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) to prevent them from integration in Russia.

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Edward Snowden asks for political asylum in Russia

Former CIA officer Edward Snowden has filed a petition for political asylum in Russia,  the attendant consul of the Russian Foreign Ministry's consular office at the airport "Sheremetyevo," Kim Shevchenko, says.

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Iran starts production of anti-cancer drugs

Iran starts production of new modern  anti-cancer drugs, says the deputy head of the Organization for Food and Drug Administration of the Ministry of Health of Iran, Shamsayev Rzazade.

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Georgian foreign minister visits France

 Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze has arrived in France to meet her counterpart Laurent Fabius, presidential advisor Paul Jean-Ortiz and senators, News Georgia cites Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani.They will discuss integration in the NATO and EU, role of the Vilnius summit, occupation of Georgia and relations with Russia.Panjikidze will visit Levil and meet scientists. 

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57% of Georgians call Russia a threat

 57% of Georgians questioned by the IRI consider Russia threat and 30% call it a friend, News Georgia reports.82% of Georgians want to improve ties with Russia, 11% share the idea partly.61% want integration in the NATO, 67% in the EU. 41% consider the US an ally, followed by Azerbaijan and Ukraine.6% call Turkey a threat, 4% call Armenia.The IRI ordered the social polls. The USAID financed the process. 3998 people were questioned. 

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EU approves choice of TAP for Southern Gas Corridor

 President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger have approved the choice of TAP as the route to deliver Shah Deniz gas to Europe via the Southern Gas Corridor. The project was initiated in a joint declaration with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in January 2011 to deliver Caspian gas to the EU.Oettinger emphasized significance of direct gas transfer. He noted that the choice between TANAP and TAP was not essential.

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Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway construction starts

 Turkish and Azerbaijani Ministers for Transportation Binali Yildirim and Ziya Mamedov and Georgian Minister for Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili took part in rail-laying of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway in Turkey’s Kars Province yesterday, Trend reports.Yildirim said that the railway was a project of Central Asia, China and states of the Balkans, Middle East and the EU. Mamedov noted that the railway project will boost business and freighting.

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen is seriously concerned about persecution of officials in Georgia

The NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, at a joint press conference with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has expressed "serious concern" about the prosecutions of high-ranking officials in Georgia. "We stressed that there are questions about this, and it is impossible for there to be the slightest hint of political motivation in courts' decisions," the secretary general of NATO said.

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Georgia has no plans to introduce a visa regime with the EU and NATO

The revision of the visa regime of Georgia will not affect the member states of the EU, NATO and a number of other countries, it was announced today by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maia Pandzhikidze.The statement by the Georgian Foreign Ministry has been made as a comment on reports in the Iranian media about the introduction on July 1 of a visa regime between Georgia and Iran. Pandzhikidze did not specify whether the measure will affect the migration policy of Iran or not.

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 Vyacheslav Kovalenko, Russian ex-Ambassador to Armenia and a Candidate of History, said that public disputes around the Russian language were a matter of concerns, RIA Novosti reports.The majority of the Armenian political elite hopes for integration in the EU, while relations with Russia were a question of national security. Kovalenko noted that the problem of the Russian language was an obstacle to European integration.

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Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia to discuss Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway construction

 Transportation authorities of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia will meet in Kars to discuss the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway construction on June 26.The project includes construction of a 105-km railway line and reconstruction of the Akhalkalaki-Marabda-Tbilisi section in Georgia. The line will have a capacity of 30 million tons of goods a year.The railway will be connected with the EU as soon as construction of the Marmaray Tunnel under the Bosphorus is completed. 

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Nanga Parbat tourists evacuated to Islamabad

 Tourists at Mt. Nanga Parbat and the Azerbaijani expedition of Israfil Ashurly, Ismail Askerov and Rufat Gojayev were evacuated to Islamabad, ITAR-TASS cites Ashurly, head of the Azerbaijani Federation of Alpinism.Azerbaijani alpinists are resting at the Embassy. Georgian athletes Bidzina Gujabidze and Afi Gigani are stationed at the Azerbaijani Embassy as well.A Russian athlete in Gilgite plans to climb the mountains.

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EU to grant Georgia 4 million euro for agriculture

 Georgia will receive 4 million euro within the framework of the European Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (EUPARD), Trend cites Georgian Agriculture Minister Shalva Lipiya.Georgia built agricultural service centers to consult farmers and help form cooperative societies of farmers, EU Ambassador to Georgia Philipp Dimitrov said.The ENPARD was launched in Georgia in 2013. The republic has received 40 million euro for productionof agricultural equipment and to cope with poverty. 

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