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All deposits in Georgia will be converted into national currency

Georgian government is planning to “larilize” and develop the lari money market in the nearest one and a half year. It was decided on a conference in “Courtyard-Marriot” hotel in Tbilisi, the theme of the conference was “Steady growth of credit financing in the countries of Caucasus, Central Asia and bordering coutries of EU”, citing President of Georgian National Bank Georgy Kadagydze.

Azerbaijan is looked upon as the primary supplier of Babucco gas

The European Union hopes, that by the end of the year it will have an agreement on Nabucco pipeline construction, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Industry and Energy Natig Aliyev said on a meeting with European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger today in Baku, Trend reports.According to Oettinger, he primary role in Nabucco pipeline gas supplies should go to Azerbaijan, which can provide the pipeline with a large part of efficiency.

EU positively rated amendments to the Constitution of Turkey

EU positively rated amendments to the Constitution of Turkey

The EU had positive attitude towards a package of amendments to the Constitution of Turkey. According to a declaration of Spain’s Foreign Ministry, current chairman of EU – the Constitutional amendments correspond the results of a report of Turkey’s advancement, regularly made by European Commission.

EU Commissioner for Energy on a visit to Baku

The EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger is arriving to Baku 15th April on a 1-day visit. He will meet President Ilkham Aliyev, the Minister of Energy Natig Aliyev, head of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Elmar Mamedyarov, head of SOCAR and foreign oil companies in Azerbaijan, TURAN reports, citing a message from EU mission in Baku.The primary issue of the meeting is energy security of EU and construction of pipelines.

European Union interested in realizing Nabucco project

The variant of receiving gas from Turkmenistan using the pipeline through the Caspain Sea and Caucasus is very important for the EU, - EU’ Gunther Oettinger Commissioner for Energy said in Ashkhabad on the first International Gas Congress on Wednesday, Trend reports.He said that he is to meet Trukmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymuhhamedov on Wednesday to discuss the issues to achieve this goal.

Germany allocates credit to Georgia for power line construction

An agreement was signed at the Georgian Ministry of Finance todayproviding financing for the construction of a power line in the BlackSea region, the "Georgia Times" reports. According to the Ministry ofFinance, the agreement was formalized by the German Bank forReconstruction (KFV), allowing Georgia credit to implement the projectworth 75 million euros and a grant of 25 million euros.

Georgia mourns for main ally

Georgia mourns for main ally

Kaczynski saved our country’s sovereignty - Saakashvili

Russia mourns for victims of Polish presidential plane crash

Russia mourns for victims of Polish presidential plane crash

Russia is holding a national day of mourning today for the people who died when a plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and representatives of the Polish political and cultural elite crashed in west Russia on Saturday.

Italy supports Turkey EU membership

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said that Italy does not share the attitude of France and Germany towards the "privileged partnership" proposed for Turkey, reports Trend citing the Russian service TRT.In a statement  for the French news channel "24", Franco Frattini emphasized that Italy supports Turkish membership of the EU. "It is necessary to keep the promises given to Turkey," Franco Frattini said.

Azerbaijan to build gas liquefaction terminal in Georgia

An agreement on building a gas liquefaction terminal in Georgia is to be signed in Bucharest on April 13th. According to the Georgian Energy Ministry the agreement will be signed by the energy ministers of Azerbaijan, Romania and Georgia.

EU enlargement commissioner meets with Azerbaijani president

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle today, reports RIA Novosti, citing the president’s press service."In the course of the meeting the sides exchanged views on various areas of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, the Eastern Partnership Program, energy cooperation and other issues," the statement said.

President of France to visit Turkey

French President Nikolas Sarkozy will visit Turkey in November, reports Trend, citing Turkish press. This was announced after the meeting of theFrench President and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Paris. The meeting lasted one hour 45 minutes, after which the head of Turkey left Elysee Palace. One of the main subjects of the negotiations was Turkey's entry into the European Union, reported the Anadolu news agency, citing diplomatic sources.

EU Energy Commissioner to visit Azerbaijan

EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Ottinger will visit Azerbaijan nextweek, reports APA. Ottinger will arrive in Baku on April 14 from the Turkmen capital ofAshgabat. Within the framework of the visit he will discuss the SouthCorridor and Nabucco projects. He will also hold meetings with theAzerbaijan president, foreign minister, energy minister and the SOCARoil and gas company. The visit will end on April 16.

EU supports OSCE Minsk Group’s efforts on Nagorno-Karabakh

The European Union supports the efforts of the OSCE Minks Group to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, EU commissioner for EUenlargement Stefan Fule said while on a visit to the Armenian capital of Yerevan, RIA Novosti reports.“The EU not only supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group on the resolution of the Karabakh conflict, but is carrying out a concreteprogram to build trust in the region, including in Karabakh,” Fule said at a joint news conference with Armenian Foreign Minister EduardNalbandyan.

Turkish premier to discuss EU cooperation, membership in France

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts on Tuesday atwo-day visit to France. The main topics of his talks with FrenchPresident Nicolas Sarkozy will be economic and security cooperation,as well as France’s opposition to Turkey joining the EU, ITAR-TASSreports.France and, of late, Germany, have expressed fears about acceptingTurkey, with a population of some 70 million Muslims, into theEuropean Union. Erdogan slammed Sarkozy’s position in an interviewwith Euronews on January 30.

Kazakhstan focused on Russia’s plan for new European security deal

Kazakhstan will cooperate in the working out of a proposal for a new European security treaty proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and supports its position on the necessity to develop a system for the prevention and resolution of conflicts, current OSCE chairman and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev told RIA Novosti. Russia has proposed concluding a new deal on European security to member states of NATO, the EU, the CSTO, CIS and the OSCE. Moscow’s proposal is based around the creation of a mechanism that would

Paris takes active role in Nagorno-Karabakh

Paris takes active role in Nagorno-Karabakh

The beginning of 2010 was marked by the growing interest of the European Union in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.

The Turkish government has announced the amendments to the Constitution

The Turkish government has announced a set of constitutional amendments aimed at further democratization of the country and acceleration of the process of its integration into the European Union, RIA Novosti reports. Constitutional reform includes changes in 23 articles of the Turkish constitution, adopted after a military coup in 1980 and the possibility of impleading its organizers.

Mideast Quartet urges Israel to freeze settlement construction

Mideast Quartet urges Israel to freeze settlement construction

The Middle East Quartet of international mediators met in Moscow on Friday and called on Israel to cease settlement construction in east Jerusalem.

Georgia to present state strategy on South Ossetia and Abkhazia in OSCE

Georgian Minister of State for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili will present a state Georgian strategy towards South Ossetia and Abkhazia on Friday in Vienna at the headquarters of the OSCE."We will hold a presentation of our strategy, which has already had a successful test run in the UN, US, EU", - said Yakobashvili, Azeri Trend international news agency reports. He stressed that the strategy is accepted by both politicians and academic circles, who consider this document to be a good basis for resolving conflicts.

Hillary Clinton in Moscow for Mideast, arms talks

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Moscow on Thursday to discuss a new nuclear arms reduction deal and participate in a meeting of the Middle East Quartet of international mediators, RIA Novosti said.During her March 18-19 visit, Clinton will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks on the final stages of a deal to replace the START 1 arms control treaty.

Georgia to start talks on EU associate membership this summer

Talks on EU associate membership for Georgia will begin this summer, Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze told journalists in Tbilisi on Wednesday, Georgia Online reports.

Hillary Clinton heads to Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in Moscow on a two-day visit on Thursday, a White House official said. 

Georgian Prime Minister discussed in Brussels air communication with the EU

During the working visit Prime Minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri held in Brussels on a series of meetings on making of some agreements on air communication. He met with his Belgian colleague Yves Leterme, with the European Commissioner for Transport Affairs Sim Calas and the European Commissioner for Enlargement of EU and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule - reports "Georgia online".

Prime Minister Erdogan goes to the UK

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the invitation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, will go to London tomorrow, said TRT Russian. The two-day visit of Prime Minister Erdogan will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Cemil Cicek, government ministers and Zafer Chaglayan Egemen Bagysh, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and MPs.

Kokoity: EU must assess Georgian "information provocation"

The situation with the demonstration of the Georgian TV Company "Imedi" TV report about the supposed invasion of Russian forces in Georgia and the murder of President Mikheil Saakashvili and the ensuing movement of the Georgian forces to the border of South Ossetia should be discussed at the next round of Geneva consultations on security issues in the Caucasus, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity considers, RIA Novosti reported.

EU considers sanctions against Iran

In the European Union has been achieved assent to imposition of sanctions against Iran - in connection with  enrichment of uranium conducted by Tehran. This statement was made by Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb, Radio Liberty reports. Speaking in Saariselka during the meeting of EU foreign ministers, the Minister expressed  hope that he manage to convince China and Russia in necessity to vote for UN resolution,  imposing new sanctions against Iran.

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Alexei Vlasov talking about the visit of Armenian President Serge Sargsyan to France, the work of Alexander Khloponin as permanent presidential envoy to the North Caucasian Federal District and Moscow State University South Caucasus study courses.  

Armenian President called the Security Council.

Today Armenian President Serge Sargsyan called a conference of Security Councile. On the agenda of Security Council were the question concerning the forthcoming spring conscription, the changes in the structure of police and also were presented the details of the last visit of Serge Sargasyan to France.

Iran is ready to sign a non-aggression pact with the countries of the region.

Iran is ready to sign a non-aggression pact with the countries of the region.

Iran isn’t an enemy of Saudi Abaria and  “the existing on the Middle East crisis is created by USA for achievement of it’s own aims including the usage of Middle Eastern petroleum reserves” – said the adviser of speaker of Iranian Parliament on the Foreign Policy Hussein Sheikhulislam – reports the information agency ISNA quoting the TV channel Al-Alem.