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Expert says sanctions against Iran can be eased

A new round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the USA, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) devoted to the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme began in Brussels today. According to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the group is deeply concerned about the situation surrounding Iran's nuclear project and is looking forward to the results of the talks. VK discussed the issue with the head of the news agency's European bureau, Orkhan Sattarov.

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Georgiy Targamadze: "Territorial integrity of Georgia will remain a steadfast and enduring value"

By Georgiy Kalatozishvili Tbilisi, especially for Vestnik KavkazaGeorgian politicians are preparing for the presidential elections to be held on October 27. The leader of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Georgiy Targamadze, one of the candidates for the post of the President of Georgia, talked about his program for the further development of the country in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza. 

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"Six" to decide what to do with Iran on July 16

Michael Mann, the press secretary of the EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton said today that "the Six" negotiators intend to hold a meeting chaired by Ashton herself on the Iranian nuclear program on July 16 in Brussels.According to Mann, the representatives of Russia, China, USA, UK, France, and Germany will discuss "steps to be taken to solve the Iranian problem." "We are dedicated to real progress in the negotiations with (Iran)," RIA Novosti quotes his statement.

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Russia and Armenia form joint security system

 Alexander Iskandaryan, director of the Caucasus Institute, said that Russia and Armenia formed  security system based on common interest. Armenia has no other country to replace Russia in the light of Turkey’s being member of the NATO, unsettled Nagorno-Karabakh and lack of relations with Azerbaijan.

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Georgia to help Russia secure Sochi Olympic Games

 Temir Zholy (Kazakhstan), Transmashdizel (Russia) and General Electric (US) have started construction of a factory to manufacture 300 GEVO engines for locomotives annually. The factory will be launched in December 2014, Reuters reports.The engines will be used on Evolution locomotives. They will also be exported to Mongolia.Each company owns 33% of shares worth $100 million.8% of all train engines will be of national production in 2015. The figure will reach 51% in 2020.

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Kazakhstan to produce own locomotives

 Temir Zholy (Kazakhstan), Transmashdizel (Russia) and General Electric (US) have started construction of a factory to manufacture 300 GEVO engines for locomotives annually. The factory will be launched in December 2014, Reuters reports.The engines will be used on Evolution locomotives. They will also be exported to Mongolia.Each company owns 33% of shares worth $100 million.8% of all train engines will be of national production in 2015. The figure will reach 51% in 2020.

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Georgian speaker of parliament encourages restoration of OSCE mission

 Georgian Speaker of Parliament David Usupashvili said at the OSCE PA in Istanbul that Russia must not be allowed to block restoration of the OSCE mission in Georgia and reminded that the problem had been discussed the issue with president of the OSCE PA, his representatives in South Caucasus, delegations of the UK and Germany.The speaker believes that security could be improved by arrival of peacekeepers under the auspices of the OSCE.The final declaration of the OSCE PA will contain points on restoration of the mission and boost reintegration processes.

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Nalchik collects over million rubles for Syrian Adygs

 Nalchik hosted the World Cherkess Forum for humanitarian aid for compatriots in Syria. 1,350,838 rubles and $10,700 were collected, Interfax-South reports.Khazretali Dzazejev, head of the Kabardino-Balkarian Muslim Administration, reminded about Ramadan and urged Muslims to help Syrian Adygs by donating money to the cathedral mosque in Nalchik.Valentin Bobylev said that Christians collected about 100,000 rubles for the cause.

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 Europe’s Hotbird, Eutelsay, Intelsat and Australia’s Optus have blocked Iran’s Press TV, Spain’s Hispan TV, al-Alam, iFilm today, News Azerbaijan reports.The Iranian Broadcasting Service was informed about the end of broadcasting on June 19, due to implementation of new US sanctions against Iran on July 1. The UK, France, Germany and Spain did the same.Jose Manuel Toscano, Director General of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization asked Intelsat and the US to allow broadcasting of Iranian channels. 

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Alexey Miller: Turkey can become main buyer of Russian gas

Turkey may overtake Germany and buy the largest volume of Russian gas, the head of "Gazprom" Alexey Miller said today."Turkey is interested in increasing purchases of our gas, because of its growing needs and may be, incomplete delivery by other suppliers. According to the forecast, it could be a 20% increase in the near future. Turkey may become in the near future our biggest importer, overtaking Germany, " Interfax quotes Miller.

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Shah Deniz Consortium chooses TAP for Southern Gas Corridor

 The Four Seasons Hotel hosted a meeting of the Shah Deniz Consortium, officials of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and diplomats at 11.00 am where the TAP was chosen as the final route to transfer Shah Deniz-2 gas to Europe through the Southern Gas Corridor.

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 Turkey’s TUBITAK will develop two models of laser weapons to resist warships and drones, Trend reports.Turkish defense industry fulfills 54% of the national demand for weapons.The US is armed with laser weapons. Israel, Russia, Germany and China are developing their own analogues. 

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Chechen delegation visits Germany

 Isa Hajimuradov, head of the delegation of the department for foreign affairs of the Chechen government, and Vladimir Grinin, Russian Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Germany, have met at the Russian Embassy in Berlin, the Chechen government reports.Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov ordered Hajimuradov to meet Chechen compatriots living in Germany.Grinin and Hajimuradov discussed cooperation and migration processes. 5 million citizens of CIS countries lived in Chechnya, Grinin noted.

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Turkish FM meets German counterpart

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met today with His German counterpart Guido Westerwelle at the Friends of Syria conference held in Doha, Qatar.

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