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Syrian opposition to open office in US

Syrian opposition coalition may soon open offices in Washington and New York, Washington Times reports on Thursday.The office in Washington will make preparations for the visit of opposition leader Ahmad Muaz Alkhateeb, the New York office will make contacts with the UNSC.The office in Washington will be supervised by a real estate trader from Texas Ubab Halil, the New York office will be supervised by a teacher of political analysis of the Arkansas University Najib Kadbian.

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Saderat Bank of Iran removed from EU blacklist

 The Saderat Bank of Iran has been removed from the blacklist of the European Union’s financial system.The European Court of Justice had unfrozen assets of the Mellat Bank of Iran earlier. The bank demanded a compensation of its losses. All the bank’s legal fees and losses since June 2010 had been compensated by the EU. 

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The Turkish government’s suggestion that Turkey could consider joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) rather than the European Union is a bad idea, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said

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The EU should control the implementation of the Nabucco West pipeline project, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban

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 Six mediators of the Iranian nuclear program will have a new round of talks in Alma-Ata on February 26, IRIB reports.Ali Bageri, an assistant of Secretary of the Iranian Supreme Council for National Security Sayid Jalili, and Helga Schmidt, an assistant of EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton, agreed to meet.They held the previous talks in Istanbul on July 24, 2012.

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Hurriyet published an article by Mustafa Akyol entitled 'From European Union to club of dictators?' "Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan initiated yet another public discussion last week with an unexpected remark. During a TV interview focusing on foreign policy, he suddenly said: “Recently during my visit to Russia I joked with Putin. I said, ‘You poke fun at us, occasionally asking what business we have in the EU. Then let me poke fun at you. Include us in the Shanghai Five and we will give up on the EU,’” the article reads

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France to help Turkey join EU

The new French authorities will support Turkey's joining the EU, Trend reports.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will discuss the new approach with Turkey at an international security conference in Germany on February 2.

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Turkish fighters violate Greek air space

4 Turkish fighters violated Greek air space north of the Chios Island and 3 east of Rhodes, RIA Novosti reports.The two states have a conflict over their borders in the Aegean Sea. Greece will approve Turkey as a EU member in exchange for settling the conflict.

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Caucasus security to be discuss in Munich

Munich is hosting the 49th conference for international security today. The conference will last 3 days to discuss Euro-Atlantic security, focusing on the situation in Syria and Mali, RIA Novosti cites spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will introduce the Russian approach to problems in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Georgian defense minister stresses on prevention of conflict escalation with Russia

 Georgian Defense Minister Irakly Alasania said that the main goal is to prevent escalation of tensions with Russia by following the pragmatic course of Prime Minister bidzina Ivanishvili, BBC reports.Relations with Russia should begin with trade and cultural cooperation. Russia will change its political view on Georgia’s strive to join NATO and the EU and territorial unity, the minister says. 

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The Greek government confirmed that the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is a key strategic project for the country at a meeting with TAP shareholders

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EU to finance 15 NGOs aimed at protecting human rights in Georgia

EU has chosen 15 Georgian and European non-governmental organizations to carry out their projects in Georgia. The projects are aimed at strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reforms, supporting the rule of law and good governance.

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