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Unified Customs Code comes into force in Russia and Kazakhstan

The Customs Code of the Customs Union comes into force on the territories of Russia and Kazakhstan as of today, announced Kazakh Finance Minister Bolat Zhamishev at a briefing in Astana, reports Kazinform. He mentioned media reports that the Belarussian parliament had ratified the Customs Code last night.

Saudabayev supports work of OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh

OSCE chairman Kanat Saudabayev said in Astana that the further work of the OSCE Minsk Group and the will of Armenia and Azerbaijan will lead to a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He added that Kazakhstan has been contributing to the process from the very beginning.

Political transition and post-Soviet countries. National leader factor. Part 2

Political transition and post-Soviet countries. National leader factor. Part 2

Only a few years ago, the post-Soviet transition issue was one of the most urgent ones for the CIS countries. However, attempts to comprehend the issue are not always successful.

Russia not ready to extend Custom Union's tariffs to CIS area

Russia is not ready to extend the Custom Union's tariffs to the area of the CIS member-states, Russian first vice-premier Igor Shuvalov said, RIA Novosti reports."There must be some specific preferences exclusively for the markets of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, which can't be implemented in the states that are not ready for such close integration," Shuvalov said, giving a speech at the conference "Russia-CIS - on the route to globalization".

Foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to hold talks on Karabakh in Kazakhstan

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will hold talks on Karabakh conflict resolution within the framework of an informal summit of CSTO foreign ministers, which will be hosted by Kazakhstan on July 16th-17th, Armenia Today reports.

Kazakhstan ratifies Customs Union treaty

Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbaev has signed a law on "Ratification of the Customs Union Codex and the Customs Union", passed by the parliament on June 10, RIA Novosti reports.The treaty was signed in Minsk on November 27, 2009. Russia ratified the treaty in June, but Minsk has so far not done so. The treaty is aimed at establishing common customs regulations on the territory of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

The portal Vestnik Kavkaza was presented at the International Summer School of RIA Novosti

The portal Vestnik Kavkaza was presented at the International Summer School of RIA Novosti

Over the course of a week, students from various CIS countries were incommon cyberspace.

Azerbaijani a for fishing in Caspian reduced by 7%

Azerbaijani quota for fishing in Caspian reduced by 7%

The catch quota for Azerbaijani fishing in the Caspian has been reduced by 7%, compared with 2008 (in 2009 the issue was not raised) making 6.7%. The decision was made at the session of the Commission on Bioresources of the Caspian Sea in the Iranian capital Tehran, a communique from the Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources says, Trend reports.

CSTO delegation heads to Kyrgyzstan

The temporary operational working group of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) headed by the Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha left Moscow heading to Kyrgyzstan on Friday to analyse the situation in the republic, Interfax reports, citing the CSTO press-service.

OSCE chairman reminds about uncertainty of Caspian legal status

The issue of the Caspian Sea's legal status is expected to be resolvedsoon, chairman of the OSCE Kanat Saudabayev said at the internationalconference on disarmament of Central Asian and Caspian states, Trendreports.There are 5 states on the coasts of the Caspian - Azerbaijan, Russia,Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran. The world’s largest lake hasbiological resources, oil and gas fields. Construction of theTranscaspian pipeline project would give Europe access to thehydrocarbonic potential of Central Asia.

Number of migrants grows in Chechnya

1726 foreigners have been registered in Chechnya during the five months of this year, while in the whole of 2009 there were only 2024. 70% of them come from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the rest are from China, Vietnam, Slovenia, Yuga.ru reports.

Explosion in copper mine in Kazakhstan

In Mine number 67 of the Kazakhmys corporation in Satpayevo (in Karaganda region, central Kazakhstan) three miners have died and one was injured as the result of an explosion, Interfax reports. Workers of the Emergency Situations Department, rescuers of the militarized repair and rescue service Komir, and workers of the Satpayevo public prosecutor's office arrived at the scene to remove the results of the explosion.

Ahmet Davutoglu to visit Kazakhstan

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is arriving in the capital of Kazakhstan on an official visit on June 20th-21st, Trend reports, with reference to the agency Anadolu and the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan.It is expected that Davutoglu will meet with Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev and discuss regional questions, particularly events in Kyrgyzstan.

Kazakhstan to set a moratorium on fishing sturgeon

Kazakhstan is going to set a moratorium on catching sturgeon. This measure was introduced to the government by the Kazakh agriculture ministry more than a month ago, due to a dramatic decrease in the sturgeon population, RIA Novosti reports.According to the minister, Kazakhstan is negotiating with other states of the Caspian region - Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iran - to join this initiative. Russia took this step in 2002, but has not yet rooted out poaching.

Moratorium on sturgeon fishing discussed in Iran

The 31th meeting of the Commission of Water Bioresources of the Caspian Sea is taking place in Tehran, where representatives of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan are taking part. Fishnews reports that national catch quotas from the water bioresources and a moratorium on commercial sturgeon fishing are to be discussed at the meeting.

Nazarbaev honoured with Leader of the Nation title despite his objections

Nazarbaev honoured with "Leader of the Nation" title despite his objections

In mid-May the Kazakh parliament passed amendments to the constitutional law, conferring on Nazarbayev the status of 'Leader of the Nation', but Nazarbayev himself wouldn't sign this into law, noting that proposed additional measures on defending the honour and dignity of the president and guarantees of his immunity were already provided for in the country's constitution.

Yanukovich proposes Russia, Kazakhstan joint uranium production

Ukraine is ready for close cooperation with Kazakhstan and Russia in sphere of uranium production, Ukrainian president Yanukovich said. According to the newspaper Gazeta.ru Kiev already has started negotiations on this issue.“Kazakhstan holds share in Russian nuclear extraction plant in Angarsk, we are ready to join this project, as this is the main supplier of uranium to the Ukraine,” he said.Yanukovich also added that there plans to build a uranium production plant in Ukraine in cooperation with Kazakhstan and Russia.

Zurab Abashidze: The bigger the state, the bigger its responsibility.Mistakes are proportional to the size of the country.

Zurab Abashidze: "The bigger the state, the bigger its responsibility.Mistakes are proportional to the size of the country."

Zurab Abashidze is a professional diplomat, Ph.D. in political science. Abashidze was an attache in the USSR consulate-general in Bombay in 1978-1980, later in 1984-1988 he was an aide of the Soviet embassy in Madrid, and during the period 1993-2000 he was Georgian ambassador to the Benelux states, NATO and the EU. In 2000 Zarab Abashizde was appointed ambassador to Russia. He is also an author of studies: "NATO and Georgia: From utopia to reality", "The Cold War Past and Present". Currently he is a prominent public figure.- Zarab Iraklievich.

China and Kazakhstan agree on construction of second stage of pipeline

The Chinese National Gas Corporation and the Kazakh company "GazMunayGas" have signed an agreement on the construction of the second part of the China-Kazakhstan pipeline, ITAR-TASS reports.

SCO member states adopt joint declaration

Following the summit the SCO member-states also adopted a joint declaration.

New risks for Eurasian integration

New risks for Eurasian integration

It is necessary to change the principles of political decision making in the terms of integrative structures, to widen the social component of the notion of "security", and to define more clearly the border between the internal problems and external risks

Russian and French premiers discuss Nagorno-Karabakh

The premiers of France and Russia, Francois Fillon and Vladimir Putin,have discussed Russian-Georgian relations and Nagorno-Karabakh inParis, RIA Novosti reports.Fillon said that the mutual trade turnover had increased four-foldsince 2000. They also discussed the Iranian situation and the securityconference organized by the OSCE in Kazakhstan.

Moscow and Astana to sign agreements on space and nuclear energy

Russia and Kazakhstan plan to sign agreements on space and nuclearenergy within the framework of the summit of the Eurasian EconomicCommunity EurAsEC, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at ameeting with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, Interfaxreports.Nazarbayev also proposed a discuss of the situation in Kyrgyzstan.

SCO meeting starts in Tashkent

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO )members started a meeting inTashkent on Friday, ITAR-TASS reports.The participants will discuss issues of security and the situations inAfghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as development of economic andinvestment cooperation. At the end of the meeting the members willapprove a new scheme for accepting new members.

Caspian unification

Caspian unification

The XIV general assembly of Caspian universities, hosted by Dagestani State University, saw discussion of prospects in economic cooperation.

Kazakhstan ratifies Customs code of Customs union

The parliament of Kazakhstan has ratified the Customs code of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia on Thursday. "The aim of the development of the Customs Code is to create a legal basis for customs regulation on the territory of the Customs Union, and also to create substantially and formally modernized direct-acting regulations of the Customs Code", Kazakh Finance Minister Bolat Zhamishev told deputies of the senate (upper chamber) on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports.

Head of ‘Sarmatiya’ resigns

The head of the internationalcompany ‘Sarmatiya’, MarchinYastshembski, has handed in his resignation, Trend reports, citingSergey Skripka.He said that Yastshembski will resign as of June 14th this year,without clarifying the reasons.

Georgia owes over $3 billion to creditors

The total Georgian external debt for state credit guarantees as of May 31st this year reached $3.448 billion, Rosbalt reports, citing the Georgian Ministry of Finance.

Huge Caspian resort planned

Kazakhstan plans to open a resort on the Caspian Sea. The new resortwill be the biggest resort in the region and will meet allinternational standards when it opens in 2015. The constructionagreement was signed by the Kazakh government and Syrian InternationalBusiness Center (SIBC).The resort will be called Kenderli Beach and will occupy 1700hectares. A new airport and a desalination plant, to supply thefacility with fresh water, will be built. The cost of the project isestimated at $5.6 billion.

Conversation on the banks of the Bosphorus

The third session of the CICA began in Istanbul