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LUKOIL president describes company’s plans

 LUKOIL President Vagit Alekperov said that oil extraction at the Imilorsky Field may start in 2015 and extraction at the West Qurna-2 Field (Iraq) in 2014, ITAR-TASS reports.He reminded that the company had successful talks with the Iraqi authorities in 2012 to start the West Qurna-2 development. The inner norm of its income exceeded 15%. The field will produce 60 million tons of oil at the peak of extraction in 2019. Alekperov said that he was expecting synergy effect of Block 10 nearby. Its development started in 2012.

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Armenia and Georgia form holiday trend among Russians

Armenia and Georgia form the main trend in 2013 among the CIS countries for Russian tourists, the Executive Director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), Maya Lomidze, said."If we talk about the CIS countries, most of all Russians like to go to Ukraine, namely, to the Crimea. This is followed by Belarus, which enjoys great success as a spa resort. Completing the top five countries are Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and then Armenia, but not so far behind the first two," ITAR-TASS quotes Lomidze. 

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Turkey to build bridges in Turkmenistan

 The Turkmen Ministry for Railway Transportation will sign a contract with Nata Inşaat Turizm Taşimacilik Ticaret ve Sanayi Anonim Şirketi (Turkey) to build 13 railway bridges along the Bereket-Etrek section of the Gyzylgaya-Bereket-Etrek Railway, Trend reports.Their construction should start by the end of June and end in August 2014.A similar contract was signed with Pars Energy (Iran) in January 2010. The bridges were supposed to be ready in December 2012, so the contract was nullified.

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Russia and Kazakhstan's contribution to inter-religious dialogue

The round table headlined "Kazakhstan and Russia's contribution to inter-religious dialogue" was organized by the embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Russia. The event was devoted to the 10th anniversary of the First Summit of World and Traditional Religions in Astana.Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan became a traditional dialogue platform for representatives of the world religions on acute questions of supporting and providing peace based on tolerance, mutual understanding, and cooperation.

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Evkurov: After the arrest of "Magas" many giving themselves up

The head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, speaking today as a victim in Rostov city court in the case of Ali "Magas" Taziev, stressed that the detention and trial of Taziev had radically changed the criminal situation in the republic, with many criminals now surrendering."Those who are now entering the adjustment committee are people who have stopped illegal activity around the time he was arrested," ITAR-TASS quotes him.

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Turkic Council to establish foundation for protection of Turkic cultural heritage in Azerbaijan

Halil Akinci, the Secretary General of the Council for Cooperation of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), said today a foundation for the protection of Turkic cultural heritage will be established in Azerbaijan.Akinci explained that a document on establishing the fund has already been signed. The project will be implemented with state funding from the member-states of the Council (Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan).

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Kazakhstan hosts business attended by Azerbaijan

 Azerbaijani businessmen headed by Minister for Economic Development Shakhin Mustafayev met in Aktau (Kazakhstan) to discuss formation of logistical centers, invitation of investors and partners for joint projects, exchange of ideas and experience, Trend reports.Mustafayev met Kazakh Minister for Economy and Budget Planning Yerbolat Dosayev and discussed expansion of cooperation and formation of logistical centers in western regions of Kazakhstan.

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Georgian energy minister wants Trans-Caucasus Corridor to become strategic

 Georgian Minister for Energy said at a presentation of a plan developed by the Georgian Railway that the country should make the Trans-Caucasus Corridor project a strategic initiative of the region.The plan includes economic and social measures. Energy and railways are strategic fields.Kaladze noted that Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan had interest in the project. More countries should be encouraged to join it, he added. 

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 British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit Kazakhstan on June 30 to discuss petroleum developments, Trend cites Altay Abibullayev, spokesman of the Kazakh presidential communication service.It will be the first visit of a British prime minister to Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The PM was invited by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev at a meeting within the framework of the Olympic Games in London in 2012.

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Kazakh managers to return to KazTransGaz-Tbilisi

 Georgian Minister for Energy Kakha Kaladze is on a visit to Kazakhstan and said that a deal was signed to have Kazakh managers return to KazTransGaz-Tbilisi.He added that Georgia and Kazakhstan agreed in Astana to cooperate more actively. They will encourage Kazakh investments in Georgia. 

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Kazakhstan-Russia friendship treaty will be extended automatically

 The Kazakh parliament has ratified amendments to the treaty on friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding of Kazakhstan and Russia. A protocol extends the spheres of cooperation in preventing illegal migration, human trafficking and improves cooperation in information security, News Azerbaijan.Amendments to article 40 of the document allows the treaty to be prolonged for the next decades, unless its signers change their mind.Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will sign the amendments. 

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The contest of young readers "Living Classics"

On June 6, the Moscow theatre Et Cetera held the final of the Contest of young readers “Living Classics” which started  six months ago. 11-12-year old pupils from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey took part in the contest. The number of participants was 3 million people this year.

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The head of Kazakhstan's Ministry of Labor is dismissed for "clumsy" outreach

Serik Abdenov, the head of Kazakhstan's Ministry of Labor, famous on the Internet for his remark "because," has been fired today, in fact, for this same remark , after criticism from President Nursultan Nazarbayev."By the Decree of the state leader, Serik Sakbaldievich Abdenov is dismissed from the position of Minister of Labor and Social Protection. The Decree of Nursultan Nazarbayev assigns temporary performance of the duties of the Minister of Labor and Social Protection to the Vice-Minister  T. Duisenova," RIA Novosti reports, referring to the press service of Ak-Orda.

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