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Ukraine considers joining Customs Union

Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych told Komsomolskaya Pravda that Kiev should consider adaption of laws to the norms of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan).The president noted that ideas on the adaptation were to be ready on December 18, 2012, but experts had failed to agree on all aspects of signing agreements with Russia, thus the visit of Yanukovych had been cancelled.

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ECE ordered Russia and Kazakhstan to comply to the rules of agriculture support

  The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) has expressed dissatisfaction with the failure of the Customs Union (CU) agreement on common rules for state support of agriculture. Thus, according to the press release of ECE, Kazakhstan does not fulfill, and Russia only partly fulfills paragraph 1 of Article 7 of the agreement. This paragraph states that the parties shall notify each other in writing of the planned program for the support of agriculture.  

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Azerbaijan welcomes Kazakhstan's transition to the Latin alphabet

 The Latin alphabet will help Kazakhstan to improve understandingwith other Turkic peoples, Azerbaijani ambassador Zakir Hashimovsaid today. "Among the CIS countries Azerbaijan was one of the first to changefrom the Cyrillic alphabet to the Latin. Naturally, at first it wasdifficult. At the present time, all citizens can freely write and readin Latin characters," Gashimov described the situation in Azerbaijan. The Ambassador expressed his hope for a more rapid transition from the

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Eurasian G-8

An expert platform was established for intellectual support for Eurasian integration

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Turkmenistan ratifies protocol on Caspian protection

 The Turkmen parliament has ratified the protocol on reaction and cooperation during incidents causing oil pollution in the Caspian Sea, the parliamentary website reports.The protocol was signed by Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan in Aktau (Kazakhstan) in August 2011.

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Azerbaijani president marks 51st birthday

 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (born in Baku on December 24, 1961) is marking the 51st birthday, APA reports.Ilham Aliyev left school in 1977 and entered the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He graduated in 1982, became a PhD in History in 1985 and was a teacher at his institute for 5 years.

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Alma-Atinskaya Subway Station opens in Moscow

 The Moscow Subway has opened the 187th station called Alma-Atinskaya at the Brateyevo District on the Zamoskvorechnaya Line.The new station has exits to the Brateyevskaya and klyuchevaya Streets. The station was built with granite and marble stone. The station was named after the divisions formed in Kazakhstan to protect Moscow during the Great Patriotic War. They include the Division of Panfilov.According to an agreement with Kazakhstan, a station in Alma-Ata will be named Moscow. Its construction started in October 2012 and will be completed in 2013.

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Swiss Ostchem Gas Trading examines Turkmen gas supplies to Ukraine

Ostchem Gas Trading AG, registered in Switzerland, began negotiating on transit with suppliers, including those from Turkmenistan, as well as Russian Gazprom to provide Ukraine with natural gas. The company was registered by businessman Dmitry Firtash.The cost of gas, to be supplied by Ostchem Gas, is unknown. But now the price on fuel, delivered by Ostchem Holding, is less than that of Naftogaz, the State Customs Committee reported earlier.

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Turkmenistan wants Caspian problem to be solved via international law

 Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said at a governmental council in Ashkhabad that he wanted to solve the Caspian Sea problem via the international law.The president believes that ecological protection of biological diversity and rational use of the sea’s resources are a priority goal. He emphasized devotion to finding an optimal version of the convention on status of the sea as a basic document to regulate its exploitation.

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The Safe Six

 Collective security is interesting to six countries of the former USSR

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Russia and Kazakhstan to settle Baikonur lease in Q1 2013

 Russia and Kazakhstan will discuss the Baikonur space port and its city by an interstate commission in Q1 2013, spokesman of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Sabit Kozhametov, said.The Baikonur lease deal was signed in 1994. Leasing was extended to 2050. Kazakhstan cannot finance the territories leased by Russia and wants to sign an agreement to realize the Bayterek project.Baikonur will have a special status because Kazakhstan will host Expo-2017. Guests will visit the city. It needs to improve infrastructure using modern technologies with Russian aid.

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Moscow to host EurAsEC summit

 Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will attend the EurAsEC summit in Moscow today to discuss reorganization of the community and financial problems, including fulfillment of the budget of 2011 and budget of 2013.

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Ukrainian president postpones visit to Russia

 Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych has postponed his visit to Moscow today to give experts more time for work on documents, Russian presidential assistant Yuri Ushakov said.One of the documents is the cooperation project of Kiev and the Customs Union. Russian and Ukrainian presidents will discuss cooperation in energy, trade and economics, cooperation within the framework of the Customs Union Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. 

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 Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will visit Moscow for the CSTO Council today. Presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are expected to arrive as well.The CSTO was by the Collective Security treaty signed by CIS members on May 15, 1992. Uzbekistan suspended its membership. 

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