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Rahim Chahkiev: Did you ever want to hang up your gloves

Rahim Chahkiev: "Did you ever want to hang up your gloves"

Our VK correspondent had a conversation with the Beijing Olympic Champion in boxing, Rahim Chahkiev, who recently arrived in Ingushetia to have some rest between hard matches.- Rahim, recently you won your fifth prize-fight against professional Slovak boxer Slavomir Selitskii, scoring a knockout in the second minute of the first round. Do you know that Ingushetia roots for you?- Thank you. The support of my compatriots is very important to me.

Brazil, Turkey to participate in Iran Six talks

Brazil, Turkey to participate in Iran Six talks

Brazil and Turkey are willing to participate in Iran Six (the fivepermanent members of UN Security Council plus Germany) on the Iraniannuclear issue, France Press reported on Tuesday, citing the foreignpolicy advisor to the Brazilian president.On Monday, the foreign ministers of Iran, Brazil and Turkey signed anagreement on the exchange of Tehran's low-enriched (3.5%) uranium forhighly-enriched (to 20%) fuel for Tehran's science research reactor.

Turkey considers no need for sanctions against Iran

Turkey considers that there are no reasons for implementing newsanctions against Iran, due to the signing of a uranium-exchangeagreement, reports Reuters."The uranium exchange deal, which was signed this morning,demonstrates the willingness of Teheran for constructive dialogue.There are no grounds for new sanctions," - said Turkish ForeignMinister Ahmet Davutoglu.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on six world powers forfresh talks on Iran's nuclear program."It is time for the 5+1 coun

Iran hails Turkish support for diplomacy

Iran hails Turkish support for diplomacy

Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani has praised Turkey for supporting a diplomatic solution on Iran's nuclear activities, Trend reported.

Russian, Ukrainian and Belarus presidents unveil monoment in honor of WW II hero-cities

Russian, Ukrainian and Belarus presidents unveil monoment in honor of WW II hero-cities

A monument in honor of heroic cities of WW II was unveiled in the Alexander Garden near the Kremlin, launching the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of Victory Day, reports RIA Novosti.

OMV welcomes the agreement between Turkey and Azerbaijan on gas

The Austrian oil and gas company OMV, the operator of the Nabuccopipeline project, believes that the agreement achieved between the two countries will provide the European project with about 10 billion cubic meters of Azeri gas annually, stated OMV general director Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer, Trend reports citing the Energy Intelligence Group. Construction of the pipeline will start in 2011. Construction will cost about 1.9 billion euros. It will be able to transit 31

Resolution project over Iran to be drafted next week

"The Six" international intermediaries on the Iranian nuclear issue (Russia, the US, China, the UK, France and Germany) will introduce aproject of new sanctions against Teheran to the Security Council of the UN, reports RIA Novosti. The US and some other Western countries accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons, hiding this behind a peaceful energy program. The UN Security Council has passed several resolutions and imposed sanctions on Iran, demanding that it stop its uranium enrichment program.

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.

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

Diplomatic relations with Russia can be restored – Irakli Alasania

Restoring diplomatic relations with Russia is possible, the leader ofAlliance in the name of Georgia Irakli Alasania said at a meeting withteaching staff of the Diplomatic Academy, Trend reports.He believes that the main problem for national interests in the regionis Russia. But improving relations will complicate westernintegration, Europe and the USA point out.

Berlin urges Yerevan and Ankara to reconcile

Germany continues to urge Armenia and Turkey to ratify bilateralprotocols on rapprochement, German Ambassador in Armenia Hans-JohanSmidt said, News Armenia reports.Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on 22 April suspending the ratification process of the protocols."Reconciliation and mutual understanding are the key to establishingfriendly relations between neighbours," the ambassador said in astatement, adding that Germany would assist the process.

Georgia’s foreign turnover increases by 15%

Georgian foreign trade turnover increased by 15% from January to March 2010 in comparison with the same period of the previous year, Rosbalt reports. In the first three months of this year the country's foreign turnover reached $1.36 billion, including $339 million of exports, a 55% increase year-on-year. The import rate has also increased by 6%. The trade balance remains negative, athough it was reduced by 9%.

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.

Azerbaijani foreign minister's visit to Germany cancelled

A visit to Germany by Azerbaijani foreign minister Elmar Mamedyarov, scheduled for April 19-21, has been cancelled due to flight disruption caused by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, the ministry said.

Black Sea power line to be put into operation in 2012

The first stage of the Black Sea power line construction project which will interconnect power supply systems of Georgia and Turkey is to be finish in two months; The power line construction will be completed and put into operation in 2012, reports "Georgia online”. The power line construction conducted  by the " State Georgian power system” and its subsidiary “Energotrans”  started in September 2009.

Europe covered in ashes of Icelandic volcano

Kaliningrad’s Khabrovo airport has temporarily stopped flights due to volcanic eruptions in Iceland, ITAR-TASS reports, citing an airport spokesperson.   According to the spokesperson, the cloud of volcanic dust is dangerous for airplanes. She also said that both Lithuania and Latvia have closed their airspaces.

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.

Kyrgyzstan dismisses ambassadors to Russia, US, Turkey

The interim government of Kyrgyzstan has dismissed its ambassadors to Russia, Turkey, and the United States. It has also relived of duties Marat Bakiev, the Kyrgyz envoy to Germany and Norway, and the brother of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiev, reports radio "Mayak".Provisional premier Rosa Otunbayeva has issued an order for the arrest of the president, who has refused to reign. An investigation of the activities of the president and his family will also be launched.

Poland assures its friendliness to Russia and Transcaucasian countries

Now Polish people are not afraid of the Germans any more' - he pointed out and added that a collaboration with this country may be elevated to the level of strategical partnership. 'We also seek to improve our economical, cultural and scientific partnership with Russia' - he underlined. He says that the recently changed attitude to the Katyn crime of the both countries witnesses the normalization of the international relations.

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.

Azerbaijanis in Estonia

Azerbaijanis in Estonia

The head of the Azerbaijani Cultural Centre in Estonia Niyazi Gadjiev telling about Azerbaijanis' life in Tallin.

Construction of Nord Stream is officially opened

Construction of Nord Stream is officially opened

Today the Russian company 'Gazprom' officially opened the construction of the pipeline Nord Stream. The pipe will be placed on the bottom of tha Baltic sea. It will start from Vyborg and lead to Greifswald in Germany. Its length will be about 1200 km.

The six powers talks on Iran did not come to agreement in the question of sanctions

The first round of talks of six powers on Iran in New York about the project of a possible resolution on the questions of additional sanctions against Teheran has not brought accordance to this group of the countries exactly as it had been expected. The only obvious result has been  the agreement to continue talks. This was communicated by the diplomats of the six countries (Russia, USA, China, Uk, France and Germany) after the six hours meeting in the permanent mission of Great Britain in the UN.

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.

London, Berlin support sanctions against Iran

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown favor the imposition of tougher sanctions against Iran in connection with its nuclear program.After talks in London, both leaders said they completely support sanctions and would continue talks with their allies.French President Nicolas Sarkozy also expressed Paris’s desire to see new sanctions against Iran during talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington earlier this week.Obama earlier said he hoped to see tougher sanctions in place “within weeks.”

Nalchik honoured for World War Two role

Nalchik honoured for World War Two role

Five more Russian cities have been honoured for their part in theSoviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, RussianPresident Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.Medvedev was speaking at a meeting of the organizing committee forcelebrations for the 65th anniversary of the capitulation of Naziforces.The new “cities of military glory” are Nalchik, Vyborg, Volokolamsk,Bryansk, and the Volgograd Region town of Kalach-Na-Donu.

CIS summit to be held in Moscow on Victory Day

The informal summit of CIS countries will be held in Moscow on May 8, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said. It is expected that the CIS countries will issue a declaration to veterans of the battlefront and workers on the home front in connection with the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Shmatko: Russia won’t combine South Stream, Nabucco

Shmatko: Russia won’t combine South Stream, Nabucco

Russia is not looking at the question integrating the projects to build the Nabucco and South Stream gas pipelines, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko told journalists.  

Preparation for Victory Day celebrations underway in Makhachkala

Preparation for Victory Day celebrations underway in Makhachkala

There left only about 1,900 veterans of the Great Patriotic War still alive in Dagestan.

The former special representative of U.N.O on Abkhazia disproved the negotiations in Sukhumi.

The former special representative of secretary general of U.N.O. on the settlement of Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, now the professor of Potsdam University Diter Boden who have come to Tbilisi on Saturday and before that had been in Abkhazia has disproved the suppositions of Georgian politicians that he had considered there his document about the division of authority between Tbilisi and Sukhumi.