Moldova is not going to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the post-Soviet republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Natalya German says on Friday.
The Turkmenistan-China pipeline may be connected with Kyrgyzstan, the country's Energy Minister Osmonbek Artykbayev says on Friday.
Defense of Mukhtar Ablyazov, the former head of the Board of Directors of BTA Bank, announced today that the bank intends to secure his release pending extradition from France.
Today the director of the Center for Post-Soviet Studies, Ph.D in History, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy of the second class Stanislav Cherniavskiy met with reporters and appealed to parliamentarians to recreate the "Caucasian Four'', in which the speakers of the parliaments could discuss various pressing issues.''Moreover, it makes sense to promote the role of the Interparliamentary Assembly, especially in regards to the problems with Georgia,'' the newspaper Parlamentskaya Gazeta quotes Cherniavskiy.
On Wednesday, the Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi announced that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani will meet for the first time in September at the SCO summit. Thus, the Iranian diplomat put an end to the specualtions around Putin's visit to Iran in August. Vestinik Kavkaza asked the senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, political scientist Vladimir Sazhin to comment on the situation.
The French bureau of Interpol informed Kazakhstan about detention of Mukhtar Ablyazov, ex-shareholder and head of the board of directors of the BTA Bank, in France, RIA Novosti reports.The official was detained near Cannes. Kazakhstan suspects him of financial violations worth over $6 billion.
Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic states Ramil Gasanov says the establishment of a free trade area will be discussed during the summit of the Turkic countries' presidents scheduled for August 15-16.
Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan), Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov (Turkmenistan), Serzh Sargsyan (Armenia) and 11 other presidents, prime ministers of Swaziland and Syria, Speakers of Parliament Kim Yong-nam, Oktay Asadov (Azerbaijan) and speakers of Algeria, Congo and Oman will arrive for inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
At a meeting today with reporters in the framework of the project "The Government of Georgia for open government", the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, Shalva Pipia, reported on the achievements of his department.According to him, exports of Georgian wine rose nearly 25%, with the top five importing countries being Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Russia and Poland.
Thanks to a grant worth €1.7 million from the Government of Kazakhstan to Italy, the restoration of the ancient chapel of San Giuseppe dei Minimi, which was destroyed in 2009 during the earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, has been completed.Restoration works of the chapel, laid in 1646, lasted for 15 months, Lenta.ru reports with reference to The Art Newspaper.The interior of San Giuseppe dei Minimi, which is a part of the complex that also includes the Basilica of San Giuseppe Artidzhano, is made in the Baroque style.
The UN Secretariat has approved the concept of the 'Strategy of sustainable energy of future Kazakhstan till 2050', the press service of the Astana Economic Forum organizing committee reported on Monday, Trend reports."The developers of the 'Strategy of sustainable energy of future Kazakhstan till 2050' held a series of meetings with the employees of UN Secretariat and the UN Secretary General's office, which resulted in approval of Kazakhstan's decision on developing a national energy strategy," press service said.
The family of Mukhtar Ablyazov, chairman of the board of BTA Bank of Kazakhstan suspected of violations worth over $6 billion, may gain permission to return to Italy, RIA Novosti cites Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov.Ablyazov’s wife Alma Shalabayeva is currently in Alma Ata and has no permission to leave the city.
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