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Russia regards Azerbaijan as important strategic partner in South Caucasus

Russia regards Azerbaijan as important strategic partner in South Caucasus

Russian Foreign Minister gives interview to Azerbaijani news agency Trend on the run-up to the Russian President’s visit to Baku this autumn.- What issues are on the agenda of the upcoming visit? What is on the list of priorities in the development of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan?

Hillary Clinton congratulates Kazakh people on anniversary of Constitution

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated the people of Kazakhstan on the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the country, Xinhua reports."In the name of President Obama and the US people I congratulate the people of Kazakhstan on the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the country. Mutual respect and interests of our countries are a firm basis for long-term partnership," said the Secretary of State.

Russia and Azerbaijan to become main importers of Kazakh grain

Russia and Azerbaijan to become main importers of Kazakh grain

Kazakh grain will be exported mainly to Russia and Azerbaijan, with grain supplies to Iran declining.

Georgia looks for new wheat importers

Georgian Minister of Agriculture Bakur Kvezereli said that the government is searching for new wheat importers for Georgia to minimize price rises for bread products, News Georgia reports. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili visited a supermarket last evening, together with Premier Nika Gilauri and Minister Kvezereli, and ordered the government to diversify wheat supplies to Georgia.

Kazakhstan calls for creation of Universal Declaration of nuclear-free world

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has pointed out the importance of creating a Universal Declaration of a nuclear-free world, showing the commitment of all countries to developing the idea of a world free of nuclear weapons. Kazakhstan, on the territory of which 490 nuclear tests were conducted over the course of 40 years during military trainings, resulting in 1.5 million casualities, can lead the world anti-nuclear movement, he added.

Ukraine continues exporting grain to Georgia

The ambassador of Ukraine to Georgia has stated that Ukraine will continue exporting grain to Georgia, reports Business Georgia .In the last few years Georgia has been producing only 15% of the grain it?requires. Most of the grain imports have come from Russia and Kazakhstan. Russia's supplied over 60% of Georgia's imports but, after the decision of the Russian government to stop exporting grain this year, the main partners will be Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA.

Russia takes responsibility for the Southern Caucasus.

Russia takes responsibility for the Southern Caucasus.

The official visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Armenia and the informal summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which has ended in Yerevan, have definitively flagged up Russia's priorities in the South Caucasus.

Azersun Holding plans to enter Kazakhstan market

Azerbaijan's Azersun Holding intends to cooperate with Kazakhstan, the company's president Abdolbari Gezel claimed today, during a meeting with Askar Kulibaev, president of the company “Silk Way – Kazakhstan” . The decision will bring bilateral relations into focus between the two countries.

CSTO members to expand cooperation

Participants of the informal CSTO summit in Yerevan see clear steps towards further expansion of cooperation within the organization, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said, News Armenia reports.The two-day informal summit started in Yerevan on August 20th, participated in by Armenia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Sargsyan said at a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that realization of the plans will move the organization on to a new level.

Informal CSTO summit opens in Yerevan

Informal CSTO summit opens in Yerevan

Yerevan is hosting an informal summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) members, participated in by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon and the head of the CSTO Nikolai Bordyuzha.

Olympic student groups complete work

The summer labor period for student groups, working at Olympic facilities under the ‘RZhD’ title, will finish work on Friday, RIA Novosti reports, citing the PR agency of the Russian Railroads company.Realization of the state youth policy of ‘RZHD’ involves systemic work on developing the movement of student construction groups. Over 1000 students from all over the country, as well as special groups from Armenia and Kazakhstan, were participating. Such an initiative is unique. The best students will be rewarded on Friday.

Georgia searches for alternative to Russian wheat

Due to the halting of Russian grain exports, Georgia has started searching for a new supplier, said the president of the company Agrocom, Ketevan Kublashvili, reports Business Georgia. The leading importer says that it is possible to buy grain from Canada or the USA, but it will be much more expensive.Kublashvili said that the situation will affect the cost of bread. The price of Russian grain was 250 dollars a ton and imports from over countries will cost 350-380 dollars a ton.

OSCE to make maximum efforts to solve South Caucasian conflicts

It is important to take the fullest measures towards dialogue in solving conflicts in the South Caucasus and there is need for compromise between the opposing sides, the chairman-in-office of the OSCE, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, said in an interview to Kazakh media

‘White Stream’ consortium speaks of sufficient resource base in Caspian

The consortium of the pipeline project ‘White Stream’ believes that the Caspian region has enough gas resources for realization of several projects within the European ‘South Corridor’ project, which involves diversification of sources and routes of energy supplies to EU countries, Trend reports, citing the chairman of the British 'White Stream Pipeline Company, Robert Pirani.

Baku-Tbilisi-Jeikhan pipeline begins transporting Turkmenian oil

According to BP-Azerbaijan, Turkmenian oil has started to be transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Jeikhan pipeline, day.az reports. An agreement on oil supplies was signed in July, but the oil volume is not large. Kazakhstani oil from the “Tengiz” field will be transported by the Baku-Tbilisi-Jeikhan (BTC) pipeline. The capacity of the pipeline is 1.2 million barrels daily.

Azerbaijani rescue helicopters extinguish fires in Ryazan

Mi-17 and Ka-32 helicopters of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergencies are helping extinguish fires in the Ryazan region, RIA Novosti reports.They started helping on August 5th near populated localities of the Sasov region. The helicopter groups consist of 19 people. They have been helping contain several fires near the villages of Lopukhi and Deulino.

Peace Fire relay arrives in Dagestan

The international Peace Fire relay ‘World Harmony Run’, that started in April in a park in Hiroshima, passing the border of Azerbaijan, has arrived in Dagestan, RIA Novosti reports.

Summit of Turkic-language states in Istanbul

Istanbul will host the 10th summit of the leaders of Turkic-language states on 15-16 September, Trend reports, citing the press-service of the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Last week the foreign ministers of Turkic-language states discussed the summit in Istanbul, expressing hope that it will form a permanent office of the council of the Turkic world.The previous summit was held on 2-3 October 2009 in Nakhchyvan.

Turkey expresses condolences to Russia for fires and offers help

Turkey expresses condolences to Russia for fires and offers help

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences for the victims of fires to Russian Premier Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation.

OSCE summit to be held in Astana in December

The council of ministers of the OSCE have decided to hold a summit on December 1st and 2nd, APA reports, citing the press-service of the organization.Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that the summit will determine the strategic goals and the ‘road map’ for developing the OSCE. Kazakhstan is the current chairman-in-office of the OSCE.

FAO doesn't forecast grain deficit in Russia

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) does not forecast a reduction in wheat production, despite the droughts that have hit Russia, but considers the world stockpiles of grain sufficient, RIA Novosti reports, citing an FAO spokesman. The FAO said that world wheat production this year dropped from 676 million tons to 651 million tons. The droughts have affected grain production in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Canada. There are fears about a deficit of world grain supplies in 2010-2011.

Azerbaijani, Turkish and Kazakhstan foreign ministers to meet

A trilateral meeting of the Azerbaijani, Turkish and Kazakhstan foreign ministers is to take place in the Turkish town of Bodrum, reports Trend. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov will take part in the informal summit, initiated by Turkey.

Session of Russian-Kazakh border demarcation commission to be held in Moscow

The next session of the Russian-Kazakh border demarcation commission will be held in September 2010 in Moscow, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Department of Information and Press of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The previous session was held in late July in Alma-Ata. The sessions are held according to the agreement signed between Russia and Kazakhstan in January 2005.

Russia loses $158 million over entry into Customs Union

The Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation said in the first half-year of 2010, Russia lost $158 million due to its entering the Custom Union, RIA Dagestan reports.The sum reflects the amount of money Russia has lost in duties due to the agreement with Belarus and Kazakhstan.

First ECO Drug Enforcement meeting held in Iran

Today the first conference of ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) drug enforcement administrations’ chiefs opened in Tehran,

Into Europe instead of Russia or with Russia?

Into Europe instead of Russia or with Russia?

The first East European Youth Forum is to take place in Moscow in spring 2011. Vestnik Kavkaza is an information sponsor of the project.

35th anniversary of Helsinki Final Act

35th anniversary of Helsinki Final Act

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, signed by representatives from 33 European states, as well as the USA, Canada and the USSR. The Conference was assembled on the initiative of socialist states - participants in the Warsaw Pact - in an attempt to improve relations between the Communist bloc and the West.

35th anniversary of Helsinki Final Act marked

August the 1st is the date on which the Helsinki Final Act was signed 35 years ago.

Armenian prices grow fast

Armenia has the second highest growth in prices for consumer goods in January-June 2010 among former Soviet republics. The prices have risen by 4.5% since last year in Armenia, news.am reports. The first place belongs to Moldova, where the prices rose by 5.4%. Next are Kazakhstan and Russia (4.4% each), then Belarus and Kyrgyzstan (4.1% each).

Turkmenistan establishes state service of sea and river transport

The president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, has approved the statute of state service of sea and river transport and the structure of its central administrative office, Trend reports. Like Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Iran, Turkmenistan has access to the Caspian Sea. Its territory has many rivers, the largest of which is Amu-Darya.