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Iran gives two dates for possible talks

Iran has proposed two dates for fresh talks on its nuclear programme - the 23rd of November and the 5th of December, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said at the opening of a mosque in Kosovo, Trend reports, citing the Wall Street Journal.The talks between Iran and "the six" (USA, China, Russia, France, UK and Germany) will not be held on the 15th of November as previously planned. The new date of the talks has not yet been agreed. Turkey agrees to host the negotiations if it is asked.

Turkish company to construct hydroelectric plants on Texura River

Tbilisi has signed a memorandum between Turkey’s Kolin Constructioncompany and the Georgian Ministry of Energy to construct a cascade ofhydro electric plants on the Texura River (Samergelo Region, WesternGeorgia), Trend reports. The document was signed by the Energy Minister, Alexander Khetaguri,and the head of the company’s board, Nadzhi Kologlu. Four companies expressed interest in the project – Turkey’s Limak andKolin Construction, Germany’s Balgioglu Energy Resources and Canada’sCharthage Energy.

Turkish company to build hydro electric plant cascade in Georgia

The Turkish company Kolin Construction and the Georgian Ministry ofEnergy have prepared a memorandum at the Raddison Hotel to construct acascade of hydroelectric power plants on the Texura River, GeorgiaOnline reports.The Georgian ministry told Trend that the memorandum will be signed byGeorgian minister of energy Alexander Khetaguri and the head of theboard of the Turkish company, Nadji Koroglu.The ministry started expressing interest in constructing thefacilities in February 2010.

Iran does not plan discussing its nuclear program with the six mediators

Iran will not discuss its nuclear program during the meeting with thesix mediators from Russia, the USA, China, Britain, France andGermany, Reuters reports, citing an Iranian spokesman, RaminMehmanparast.Earlier this Tuesday, several foreign media cited the representativesof the Iranian Foreign Ministry, reporting that the negotiations willresume on the 15th of November in Istanbul."Negotiations between Iran and "the six" will not focus on the Iraniannuclear program," Mehmanparast said, Reuters reports.

Iran settles date for talks on nuclear issue

Iran has announced the date for talks on its nuclear programme.According to the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, the 15thof November 2010 is an "anticipated" date for the meeting between therepresentatives of the Islamic Republic with the six internationalmediators in Turkey, RBC reports.Mottaki recently proposed holding talks on the Iranian nuclearprogramme in Turkey with the six international mediators from Russia,US, France, Britain, China and Germany.As reported in late October by the representative of the European

World press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (November 9, 2010)

World press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (November 9, 2010)

The Washington Post has recently published an article headlined "UN can't say Iran's nuke program is peaceful". The author reports that the U.N. nuclear chief has said on Monday that he still can't confirm that all aspects of Iran's nuclear program are peaceful; he has also expressed serious concern at North Korea's refusal to allow the return of nuclear inspectors. Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has called upon Iran to fully implement all resolutions of the IAEA board of governors and the U.N. Security

Kazakhstan to invest $1.5 billion in resorts

Kazakhstan plans to invest $1.5 billion in image projects for itsresorts, RIA Novosti reports, citing the head of the Department ofSport and Tourism of Astana Nurlan Zhanibek.In New York, Astana presented a tourism presentation. Zhanibek saidthat tourism is one of the three key investment projects of Kazakhstanamong raw materials and sports industry. The Winter Asian Games 2011will be one of the main steps.

USA vows to resolve Iranian problem through diplomacy

US Defense Minister Robert Gates said that USA will use diplomaticmeans and continue economic sanctions against Iran, Reuters reports.Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the USA to recognizeeconomic sanctions as non-efficient, declaring that only a militarythreat can force Iran to halt the development of nuclear arms.

Iran awaits proposal on uranium exchange from Vienna Group

The Vienna Group (the IAEA, the US, France and Russia) must make the first move in reviving the negotiations on exchange of nuclear fuel, Iranian foreign minister Manuhehr Mottaki said, Trend reports, citing the Tehran Times and Mehr.

Iran will not make concessions in talks with West

Iran will make no concessions in its nuclear program withinmultilateral negotiations planned in mid November, Iranian PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Bodzhnurd, dpa reports.The High European Representative for Foreign Affairs and SecurityPolicy Catherine Ashton, representative of the 'Six' (UK, China,France, Germany, Russia and USA), proposed negotiations on November 15in Vienna.Tehran did not deny or confirm the date, adding that it needs toclarify the topic of discussions. Iran will not halt its uraniumenrichment program.

World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (November 3, 2010)

World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (November 3, 2010)

The Washington Post published an article today headlined "Israel: Iran can build 1 bomb, soon can build 2". The author cites Israel's military intelligence chief, who has said that Iran possesses enough enriched uranium to build one nuclear bomb and soon will have enough to produce a second. Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin's statement coincides with previous assessments from both the CIA and the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog.

Russia expects Iran to resume nuclear talks in mid-November

Russia expects Iran to resume talks with the group of six international mediators over its controversial nuclear program in mid-November, RIA Novosti quotes Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian arms exports to exceed $10 billion in 2010

Russia's arms exports are expected to hit an all-time high of over $10billion in 2010, the head of Russia's state-run arms exporterRosoboronexport said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports.In 2009 Russian arms sales were worth $8.5 billion, including $7.4billion worth via Rosobornexport."Rosobornexport currently exports several thousand military products,expanding arms sales by $500-$600 million each year," Anatoly Isaykintold a news conference on the 10th anniversary of the company.

Silk Way and Lufthansa to build new hangar in Baku airport

Silk Way Technics (SWT), a branch of Silk Way Airlines, plans to build a new hangar to service planes at Baku's Heydar Aliyev international airport. SWT signed a contract with Germany's Lufthansa Consulting, Trend reports, citing a message on the website of Lufthansa. SWT will provide technical services for planes such as Boeing, Airbus and ATR.

Largest South Caucasian construction exhibition opens in Baku

Largest South Caucasian construction exhibition opens in Baku

Baku Expo-Center is opening BakuBuild construction exhibition, the largest construction exhibition in the South Caucasus. Regional head of British ITE Group, organizer of the exhibition, Stroon, said that they hold 18 similar exhibitions worldwide and BakuBuild is one of the top five largest ones.

Armenian Prosecutor-General meets Turkish and German counterparts

The Armenian Prosecutor-General, Agvan Ovsepyan, has met the public prosecutors of the Turkish Appellate Court Ahmed Tasurt and Omar Yanar, Armenia Today reports, citing the Armenian Prosecutor-General's office. The sides noted the importance of cooperating against crime and establishing good-neighbourly ties.Ovsepyan met the German Prosecutor-General of Zelli, Harold Range.

Heads of Russia, France and Germany meet in Deauville

Heads of Russia, France and Germany meet in Deauville

The French town of Deauville hosted a trilateral summit of the heads of Russia, Germany and France. During the meeting they discussed issues of abolishing the visa regime between Russia and EU countries, a treaty on European security and energy, as well as development of the relations between Russia and NATO, Russia and EU, and the Iranian nuclear issue.

Russian President to attend the NATO summit in Lisbon

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will participate at the NATO summit in Lisbon in November, RIA-Novsoti reports.The summit is due to unveil a new strategic plan for the 28-country alliance on November 19-20 in Lisbon. The decision was taken after the meeting of the heads of Russia, Germany and France in the French town of Deauville.

Heads of Russia, Germany and France hold talks in Deauville

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany, Dmitry Medvedev, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel, are holding talks on Tuesday in the French town of Deauville. They are expected to discuss simplification of the visa regimes with EU countries, the conclusion of the treaty on European security, energy, development of relations between Russia and NATO as well as the nuclear issues involving Russia, the EU and Iran, RIA Novosti reports.

BP and Rosneft discuss offshore oil deposit projects

Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and Eduard Khudainatov, the CEO of Russia's largest producer Rosneft  held a meeting with Total's Christophe de Margerie and another one with BP's Robert Dudley to discuss potential cooperation in offshore oil deposit projects usually closed to foreigners, a Rosneft spokesman said.

Shakh Deniz not for Nabucco

Shakh Deniz not for Nabucco

In spite of predicted failure, the European gas pipeline project Nabucco, with the consistency of its historical prototype, continues producing new events which develop its lobbying.

International investment forum opens in Ashkhabad

Atwo-day international investment forum is opening today in Ashkhabad, organized by the Turkmen Chamber of Trade and Industry and the British company IC ENERGY Limited.The President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov, said in a speech that the main goal of the forum is to invite investment into the oil and gas and textile industries, construction and the construction materials industry, construction of tourism facilities, roads and airports, agriculture, healthcare and the medical industry.

Russia and Venezuela sign energy and assets exchange agreements

The Russian and Venezuelan ministries of energy have signed a memorandum of mutual understanding, concerning the purchase of shares by Russian-British company THK-BP from BP in Venezuela. The document was signed in Moscow by the presidents of Russia and Venezuela, Dmitry Medvedev and Hugo Chavez, RIA Novosti reports. Russia and Venezuela signed an agreement during the visit of Russian Premier Vladimir Putin to Karakas on construction of the first nuclear power plant in Venezuela in April 2010.

Romanian-Hungarian section of Nabucco pipeline opens

Hungary and Romania have opened the 47-kilometer Arad-Szeged branch section of the Nabucco gas pipeline, connecting Hungarian and Romanian gas distribution systems, the oil and gas company MOL (a participant in the gas pipeline project) said in a message, RIA Novosti reports. The section passes through Hungary. A 60-kilometer section in Romania, constructed by Transgaz, opened earlier.

Russians top Euro 2012 qualifying group

Russians top Euro 2012 qualifying group

Russia's win in Macedonia 1:0 puts them top of Group B

Russian president honors forest fire rescuers

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has decorated rescuers from 15 countries who this summer helped Russia put out forest fires, ITAR-TASS reports.46 people from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, France and Estonia have been honored. The president said that fire extinguishing requires personal courage from everyone. 

Head of Azerbaijani state social protection urges private pension funds

Azerbaijan needs private pension funds, Trend reports, citing the head of the Azerbaijani state fund of social protection Salim Muslimov, at the pension financing presentation held by the fund and German pension insurance experts. The new pension insurance system will consist of three stages: obligatory pension insurance carried out by the government, investment stage of the insurance and private pension fund establishment.

Abkhazia to allow Russians to purchase housing

Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh expects the republic's authorities to allow Russians to buy primary housing in Abkhazia in early 2011. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in February 2010 that received it had complaints from Russians who had seen their property expropriated in Abkhazia. Bagapsh promised that Russians will be allowed to purchase housing on the primary market in Abkhazia, the Kommersant paper reports.

Iran ready for nuclear talks

Iran is ready to hold talks with six major powers over its nuclear program "in late October or early November," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday, Reuters reports.He gave no details about the venue of the talks. Western officials say they could take place in Vienna or Geneva.Talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N.

IMF predicts annual Turkish GDP of $1 trillion in 2015

IMF predicts annual Turkish GDP of $1 trillion in 2015.