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Turkmen President offers to host a Caspian festival The President of Turkmenistan

Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has come up with the initiative of holding a festival next year in the town of Turkmenbashi, reports Turkmen TV channel Altyn Asyr. According to the Turkmen leader, within the framework of the festival it would be possible to include a scientific conference, concerts and exhibitions of art from the Caspian countries - Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan.

CSTO summit starts in Moscow

An informal summit of the presidents of the member-states of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) in Moscow today will scrutinise the situation in Kyrgyzia and other important international issues, Vesti reports. A high-ranking Kremlin spokesman said "the informal nature of the event doesn't preclude the acceptance of joint statements on the issues discussed during the meeting". The military-political union of the CSTO comprises Armenia, Belorus,

KazTransGaz is not for sale and will not cave in

KazTransGaz is not for sale and will not cave in

The head of the company is negotiating with its Georgian partners onfulfilling their obligations

Kazakh, Georgian foreign ministries to cooperate

Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze signed a document withKazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev on cooperation between thetwo states' foreign ministries during a visit to the Kazakh capital ofAstana, VK reports.The projects the two countries plan to work on include the transit ofoil, gas and grain. There is a route going through the Black Sea portof Batumi, Georgia, to transport Kazakh oil to world markets.

OIC, OSCE should work together to fight Islamophobia - OIC secretary general

Coordinated efforts are needed to battle the rise of Islamophobia,intolerance and discrimination against Muslims, Organization of theIslamic Conference Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told theOSCE Permanent Council in Vienna today, reports Trend."The goals and objectives of the OIC are not much different from thoseof the OSCE, as both our organizations are devoted to the cause ofinternational peace and security," Ihsanoglu said. "It is the exactmoment for the OSCE and OIC to put together tangible and

Armenian servicemen honor the memory of Soviet soldiers

In Moscow, Armenian servicemen have honored the memory of Soviet soldiers who died in World War 2, the press service of the Armenian Defence Ministry reports.A column of Armenian servicemen will participate in the military parade on Red Square on May 9th, dedicated to the Great Victory. They have visited Victory Park, and the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya hill, News Armenia reports.

Afghanistan is grateful for Kazakhstan support

Afghanistan is grateful for the efforts of Kazakhstan as the chairman of the OSCE in attracting resources to solve the Afghanistan problem, Afghani Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasul said in a telephone conversation with Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, VK reports.Zalmay Rasul expressed special gratitude to Nursultan Nazarbayev for his efforts and for the humanitarian aid and education program for Afghan students in Kazakhstan.

Azerbaijani ambassador to Kazakhstan honored

The Azerbaijani ambassador to Kazakhstan, Lytif Gandilov, has been honored with a prestigious national award - The Dostik (Friendship) Medal of II degree on account of the completion of his diplomatic mission in the republic, reports a VK Kazakh correspondent. Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabaev presented the award to the Azerbaijani ambassador. Gandilov has been ambassador to Kazakhstan for more than 6 years.

Kazakhstan acknowledges Iran's right to peaceful nuclear program

The Speaker of the the Kazakh Senate has supported Iran's right to develop its nuclear program within the bounds of international legislation.Each state possesses the right to develop its nuclear program within the bounds of international law and under the oversight of the IAEA, Speaker Kasymzhomart Tokayev said during a meeting with the special aide to the Iranian foreign minister, reports a VK correspondent in Kazakhstan, with reference to the press service of the Kazakh Senate.

Turkey and Kazakhstan to expand economic cooperation

After meeting Kazakh vice-premier Aste Isekeshiyev in Ankara, Turkish State Minister Zafer Chaglayan reported that a "Zone for free Turkish industry" will be created soon in Kazakhstan, TRT reports.

Turkey closes straits due to fog

The Turkish straits have been closed for navigation due to heavy fog, AS reports, adding that visibility has dropped to 200 meters. The Bosporus was closed for navigation at both directions at 4:00 p.m. Istanbul Time. The straits will be opened as soon as fog clears, the Turkish transport department said. The Bosporus is a crucial transit point for Russian oil and grain exports. Its closure could lead to oil-delivery interruptions from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Georgian foreign minister to visit Syria and Kazakhstan

Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze will visit Syria on May 1-2.Vashadze will meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Foreign MinisterValid al-Mualim and other officials, Trend reports.They will sign cooperation protocols. Vashadze will sign a cooperationagreement in the sphere of tourism with Syrian Minister of TourismSaadalakh aga al-Kal. He also plans to visit Kazakhstan on May 6.

Kazakhstan and Russia sign an agreement on parallel work of energy systems

Russian and Kazakh energy companies signed an agreement on Friday on parallel work of the energy systems of the two countries, RIA Novosti reports citing the press-service of Kazakh national electricity management company KEGOC.

Rescue training centre opened in Kazakhstan

A training centre "Semser" for rescue specialists in oil-and-gas industry facilities has been opened in Kazakhstan. "The 'Semser' centre is aimed at training high-skilled fire-fighting specialists to carry out rescue works at oil-and-gas extraction facilities, where risks of fire and environmental pollution are dramatically high," - reported a spokesman for the "KazmunaiGaz" company, which has financed the opening of the training centre. It is expected that more than 300 rescue specialists will pass training courses in the next three months.

Armenia to join Customs Union despite lack of common borders

Armenia is going to join Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in a Customs Union, even though it has no common borders with them, the RBK-Daily newspaper reports. Armenia is going to create a special economic zone, with transit and customs procedures similar to those in Kaliningrad region of Russia, the paper said. The issues of Armenia's entry into the Customs Union were discussed at the Yerevan meeting of the Armenian Premier Tigran Sargsyan and Russian First Deputy Premier Igor Shuvalov.

Armenia and Belarus may hold next CIS educational conference

Armenia and Belarus propose hosting the second conference of CISteachers and education workers, Kazakh Minister of Education andScience Zhanseit Tuymebayev said, VK reports.The minister also noted that Kazakhstan had begun creating newschoolbooks, which will meet international standards for the 12 yeareducation program.

Dzamila Stehlikova: “Kazakhstan#039s role is to prevent conflicts in the South Caucasus”

Dzamila Stehlikova: “Kazakhstan's role is to prevent conflicts in the South Caucasus”

Dzamila Stehlikova: “Kazakhstan's role is to prevent conflicts in theSouth Caucasus”Dzamila Stehlikova chairs the Council for equal opportunities in theCzech Republic government. She is an ethnic Kazakh, born in Alma-Ata.She graduated from Moscow medical university of Moscow, continuing herpostgraduate studies in the Czech Republic, where she married. Shebegan her political career in 1998. She worked for two electoral termsin the mayor’s office of Khomut city in the Czech Republic. FromJanuary 2007 to January 2009 she was the Minister for Human Rights andMinorities in the second cabinet of Mirek Topolanek. At the moment sheis working in Kazakhstan.

Chechen-born citizen detained in Kazakhstan at request of Interpol

A 33 year-old Chechen and Russian citizen, Surkho Dautov, has been detained in the village of Belgash in the Telgar district of therepublic, VK's reporter in Kazakhstan reports, citing a source in theKhazak Interior Ministry. He is suspected of banditry and has beensearched for by Interpol for arrest and extradition. Interpol has beeninformed of the development.

Astana holds first education Congress

Kazakhstan is holding its first Congress of educational workers,reports a VK reporter in the country’s capital, Astana.Representatives of the education spheres of CIS state-members aretaking part in the 26th-27th congress."The forum will give serious impetus to closer cooperation in thesphere of education within the framework of the CIS," the speaker ofthe Kazakh parliament, Kasim-Zhomart, said in his address toparticipants.

Caspian Sea ports could unite into an association

A united session of administrations of ports of Caspian Sea countries took place in Astrakhan on Friday, with the participation of representatives from Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, CA-News reports. The Governor of the Astrakhan Region, Alexander Zhilkin, welcomed the guests.

Kazakh President’s Eurasian idea discussed in Astana again

The Eurasian idea of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev became the main subject of discussion today at a meeting of Majilis Parliament Chairman Ural Muhamedjanov and the president of the international social fund “Dialogue Eurasia”, Salikh Akchay, the VK correspondent in Kazakhstan reports. It is the Year of rapprochement of cultures and broadening of dialogue between civilizations. The sides noted Kazakhstan's experience and that the integration initiatives of its leader have been recognized by the UN and the international community.

Kazakhstan’s shipping in the Caspian lacks specialists

Kazakhstan’s shipping in the Caspian Sea lacks skilled laborers, parliamentary member Amangos Utegenov told Premier Karim Masimov in deputy question time, VK reports. “Due to current tendencies in shipping developments, Kazakhstan suffers from a deficiency of skilled naval specialists – residents of Kazakhstan,” says Utegenov said. “By 2015, we will need 3000 qualified specialists,” he told journalists.

Kyrgyz authorities confirm arrest of UK citizen

The Kyrgyz authorities have officially confirmed the arrest of ex-BBC journalist and head of the PR agency Flexi Communications, Vugar Halilov, a UK citizen of Azerbaijani origin . The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry has sent confirmation to the UK embassies in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The UK Foreign Ministry expressed hope for a dialogue with the Kyrgyz side over the arrest of Halilov, reports Kommersant. Halilov was arrested on April 12 and charged with money-laundering. His lawyer has dismissed the charges as "absurd."

VC chief editor answering readers’ questions

VC chief editor answering readers’ questions

Alexei Vlasov on the interpretation of Eurasianism in Turkey and Azerbaijan and the plausibility of the "color revolutions" in the South Caucasus.

Turkmen governmental delegation going to Iran

Today President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has discussed topical issues of international and regional politics, with President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reports Trend citing the press service of the Turkmen government. 

Turkey and Eurasianism

Turkey and Eurasianism

 Moscow and Ankara gradually forming a common ideology of interaction

Bakiev signed resignation from the president’s post

President of Kirgizstan Kurmanbek Bakiev, removed from the post by the interim government, left the country today. He signed the resignation document, RIA Novosti reports, citing a source in the interim government. “Yes, Bakiev resigned before leaving the country”, - the interviewee said.

Fiber-optic system “Georgia-Russia” to be modernized

OJSC “Rostelecom” and other participants of International Telecomunication Consortium “Georgia-Russia” signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent company modernizing and expanding the underwater fiber-optic cable system “Georgia-Russia”, Business Georgia reports.The contract was signed by Director General of “Rostelecom” Kolpakov, Managing Director of DanTelco (Denmark) Harm Spliedt, Director General of FORTNET (Georgia) Ilya Injiya, Vice President of Alcatel-Lucent in Russia and CIS Alexander Tikhonov.

Russia grants financial aid to Kyrgyzstan

Russia will provide Kyrgyzstan with humanitarian aid. As announced Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin $20 million will be granted to Kyrgyzstan and this country will also receive for $30 million credit on faorable terms, reports Prime-TASS.He added that Kazakhstan desperately needs financial aid, due to the decrease of custom and tax proceeds. Russian Finance Ministry also is ready to provide Kyrgyzstan with credits on a mid-term basis. Particularly, central banks of both countries should estimate the the balance of payments.

Turkey offers Kazakhstan chance to export wheat through Turkish ports

Turkey has proposed to Kazakhstan the establishment of new routes for wheat export through Turkish ports, the Turkish foreign minister said, reports KazTAG. "Kazakhstan is the biggest producer of wheat,” he said.“Turkey is one of the biggest wheat importers. And we would like to propose that the Kazakh authorities establish the delivery of Kazakh wheat to other markets through the Turkish ports." The minister gave no other details.