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Suggestion to create society of experts from Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan at conference in Moscow

At the international conference "Social and economic development of the South Caucasus' countries: problems and perspectives" in Moscow there was a suggestion to create a society of experts from Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. It was suggested by representatives of the civil community.

International conference "Social and economic development of the South Caucasus' countries: problems and perspectives" in Moscow

The international scientific and practical conference "Social and economic development of the South Caucasus' countries: problems and perspectives" took place in the President hotel in Moscow. The organizers of the event were the Faculty of History of Moscow State University, the information and analytical agency "Vestnik Kavkaza", the Russian State University of the Humanities, the Centre for topical research "Alternative" (Kazakhstan) and the Centre of Strategic Research for the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Kazakhstan loses oil-processing refinery construction contract in Ceyhan

Kazakhstan loses oil-processing refinery construction contract in Ceyhan

Kazakhstan has missed out on constructing an oil-processing refinery in Ceyhan, an anonymous source of VK reports.

Putin calls for Customs Union expansion

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has urged an expansion of the CustomsUnion by allowing other members of EurAsEC (Eurasian EconomicCommunity) to join. He made the declaration in St. Petersburg onFriday, RIA Novosti reports.The Customs Union consists of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are also members of EurAsEC. Armenia,Moldavia and Ukraine are observer countries.

Azerbaijan is still open for dialogue with Armenia

Azerbaijan is still open for dialogue with Armenia, despite thecomplicated situation in the South Caucasus, the head of thedepartment of political analysis and information of the Azerbaijanipresidential administration, Elnur Aslanov, told an internationalpractical science conference, ITAR-TASS reports.

Kazakh doubts the expediency of building Georgian grain port

The expensive supply of Kazakh grain to Georgia by rail is creatingdoubts about the construction of a grain terminal in one of thecountry’s ports, managing director on external economic activities ofProdkorporatsiya, Daulet Uvashov, told VK.He said that the expense of exporting grain through Georgia comes fromhigh railroad tariffs in Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia itself.

Kazakh oil companies discuss waste utilization issues

Kazakhstan can create its own market to utilize manufacturing waste,the chairman of the Association of Oil Companies KAZENERGY, TimurKulibayev, said in his opening speech at a forum in Atyrau today, theassociation’s press-service told VK.They will find out about the best technologies to utilize waste usedby companies and draw on the experience of small Kazakh companies.This shows that small and medium business is becoming familiar withthe market, Kulibayev said.

Community of the South Caucasus - 1

How to create conditions for new models of cooperation in the Caucasus unlike the ones of the past?

Armenia in 52nd position in world growth index

Armenia is in 52nd place out of 125 other countries according to acomparative analysis of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on stimulationof world commerce for 2010.

Nazarbayev orders opening of Kazakh-Kyrgyz border on May 20th

Kazakhstan will open its border to Kyrgyzstan on May 20th, accordingto state TV channel Khabar, Interfax reports.They lifted the border-ban on the crossing points of Korday, SapatayBatyr and Aysha-bibi.Kazakhstan implemented border limitations on the border withKyrgyzstan after the events of April 7-8, ending with the change ofpower in Bishkek and president Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s escape from thecountry.

All-Russia practical science conference in Grozny

The All-Russia practical science conference in Chechnya's StateUniversity, dedicated to the 65th anniversary of victory over Nazism,started today Grozny-Inform reports.The forum organizers were the government of Chechnya and the ChechenAcademy of Science. Among the participants are scientists, historians,spokesmen from ministries and agencies, Higher Education teachers andstaff from science-research institutes, as well as museums of Moscow,St. Petersburg and the North Caucasus republics.

Kazakh oil and gas equipment makers are ready to cooperate with near abroad

The creation of joint-ventures or alliances, primarily with well-knownmanufacturers from former Soviet republics is important for thedevelopment of Kazakh oil and gas equipment production, a KazMunayGazspokesman told VK.He believes that joint ventures will allow nearby republics to enterthe Kazakh market. Azerbaijan, Tatarstan, and Bashkiria specialized inthe production of oil and gas equipment and engineering, even theSoviet times, Bolat Tashmetov said.

The president of Turkey visiting Kazakhstan

Trend reports that the Turkish president will pay an official visit to Kazakhstan, citing the words of Askar Abdrahmanov, an official representative of the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan.The visit of Abdullah Gül is planned for May 23rd-26th. He will meet the president of the republic, Nursultan Nayarbazev, and the speaker of the Kazakh Mejlis, Ural Muhamedjanov. Some agreements will be signed. 

TurkPA and OSCE PA to establish closer cooperation

The Turkic-speaking countries' Parliamentary Assembly (TurkPA)Secretary-General, Ramil Hasanov, noted that the organization intendsto cooperate with the influential international organisation during ameeting with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe'sParliamentary Assembly (PA) Secretary-General Spencer Oliver, reportsTrend.Spencer Oliver pointed out possible directions of cooperation with theOSCE PA and projects that may be implemented jointly with the TurkPA.A decision was made to

Paata Kalandadze: Kazakhstan has no desire to reclaim its investments back from Georgia

Paata Kalandadze: "Kazakhstan has no desire to reclaim its investments back from Georgia"

Kazakhstan and Georgia intend to increase relations, not reduce them.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development estimates Armenia's GDP growth at 3% in 2011

 According to the prognosis of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the GDP of Armenia will grow about 3% in 2011 and 10% in 2010. RIA Novosti writes that the GDP growth of Russia …

Two Azeri poacher ships detained in the Kazakh sector of the Caspian sea

 Two Azeri ships have been detained in the Caspian,  …

Russian government ratifies documents on Customs Union

The Presidium of the Russian Government on Friday ratified documentsrequired for implementation of the joint economic area of Russia,Belarus and Kazakhstan starting from July 1st 2010, reports RIANovosti, citing the government's press service.Several agreements with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan were on theagenda, regarding establishment of the Customs Union, reports RIANovosti.Among the most important documents was an agreement on distribution ofcustom duties, which came to 4.7% for Belarus, 7.33% for Ka

Russian State Duma ratifies protocol on CIS border control

The Russian State Duma ratified the protocol on organizing cooperation between border control services in regulating crisis situations on external frontiers with the CIS today.According to Rosbalt, the protocol was signed on 5th October 2007 in Dushanbe by the heads of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The document is aimed at implementing the agreement on cooperation of border troops of CIS countries in case of crisis situations on their external frontiers.

CSTO leaders to meet in Armenia

A regular summit of leaders of Collective Security Treaty organization (CSTO) will be held in Armenia in August, the Secretary-General of CSTO Nikolay Boryuzha said on a press-conference on Friday, RIA Novosti reports.He said that it is still unknown whether the summit will be formal or not.Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are members of CSTO.

Kazakhstan: Oil extraction in Caspian region could lead to extinction of sturgeons.

The functioning of oil fields in the Caspian coastal zone and offshore stripscould lead to the extinction of unique sturgeons and all living organisms inthe area, says parliamentarian of the Kazakh Mazhilis (lower house ofParliament) Erzhan Isakulov, the VK correspondent in Kazakhstan reports.According to the parliamentarian, sturgeon numbers in theUrals-Caspian basin decreased dramatically.Official data shows that as a result of mass poaching, the number ofsturgeons has decreased by several times, he added.

Heydar Aliyev Auditorium-Museum opens in Astana

The grand opening of the Heydar Aliyev Auditorium-Museum has takenplace in the Eurasian National University of Lev Gumilyov in Astanatoday, on the initiative of Azerbaijani ambassy in Kazakhstan, VKreports.“This event is dedicated to the anniversary of the birth of thenational leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, and is part of theframework of Baku State University Day at the Eurasian NationalUniversity”, the rector of the Eurasian University, BakhytjanAbdraimov, said at the opening.

Victory Day parade begins in Moscow

More than 11,000 military personnel are taking part in the Victory Dayparade in the capital of Russia. For the first time the militaryforces of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Moldova will march withRussian military units on Red Square. Also military personnel of theUSA, the UK, France and Poland will participate in the parade, RIANovosti reports.

Informal meeting of CIS begins in Gorki

An informal summit of the CIS was opened on Saturday evening in Gorki,a town situated near Moscow.  The summit followed an informal summitof the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which also tookplace in Gorki, RIA Novosti reports.Opening the summit, President of the Russian Federation DmitryMedvedev greeted President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, a newparticipant in the council of heads of CIS member states.As a source in the Kremlin reported before the summit, there is no

Moscow region holds informal summit of CSTO

An informal summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization is taking place today at the presidential residence "Gorki" near Moscow. The leaders of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan and the Uzbeck premier, as well as the Secretary General of the CSTO, Nikolai Borduzha, are participating in the meeting, reports RIA Novosti.

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