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US and Azerbaijani militaries to carry out joint training

US military personnel will carry out joint training with Azerbaijani troops in Italy. Courses for sergeants will take place June 21-24 in Baku, a seminar on organizing and governing operational readiness will be held on June 21-25, News Azerbaijan reports.

Dead end for compromises

Russia is trying to preserve the peaceful process of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement despite the sides facing a stalemate

US Secretary of State to tour South Caucasus from Georgia

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Georgia on July7th, Latvian Premier Valdis Dombrovskiy told the Washington Post.He said that the ‘restart’ of relations between the USA and Russia aredue to the change of the US position towards Russia’s neighbors.

New plenary session at economic forum in St. Petersburg

New plenary session at economic forum in St. Petersburg

The world’s leading politicians and businessmen have been meeting atthe International Economic Forum-2010 in St. Petersburg. Theparticipants are discussing the key problems of Russia, developingmarkets and world society and ways to solve the problems, RIA Novostireports.

NATO bets on the young in Armenia

NATO bets on the young in Armenia

NATO has chosen to focus on young people for the long-term prospects of expanding its influence in Armenia

Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to continue work according to Madrid principles

The Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Ilkham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, in their conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to continue dialogue on a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, the press-secretary of the Russian president, Natalya Timakova, said, RIA Novosti reports.

EU approves US sanctions against Iran

The heads of EU countries participated in a summit in Brussels andapproved the new sanctions against Iran, France Press reports.The UN Security Council passed a new resolution on June 9th,introducing new sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop uraniumenrichment. This was the fourth resolution of the Security Council dueto Tehran’s refusal to follow international regulations on its nuclearprogram, RIA Novosti reports.

Russia is disappointed with one-sided sanctions against Iran

Moscow will analyze unwillingness of the EU and US to refrain from one-sided sanctions against Iran, said the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov, ITAR TASS reports.

Turkish Foreign Minister meets ambassadors of US, UK, Germany and France

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu has met with the US, UK, German and French ambasadors in Ankara, TRT Russian reports. At the meeting in the Foreign Ministry Davutoglu expressed the position of Turkey on Israel's attack on the aid flotilla and Iran's nuclear programme.

US imposes new sanctions against Iran

Washington has announced a widening list of sanctions against Iran and expressed concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions.US President Barack Obama stated that these sanctions are "the most serious and comprehensive the Iranian authorities have been faced with", Interfax reports.

Iran is concentrating forces on north-western border

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is concentrating forces onthe north-western border, Iranian TV channel ‘Press TV’ reported onWednesday.The Brigadier General of the IRGC, Mehdi Moini, said that the forceswere mobilized due to the presence of US and Israeli forces on thewestern border.Moini said that western countries are trying to increase interethnicconflict and destabilize the situation in the region, Interfaxreports.

Iran and SCO: strange relations and a strange break-up

Iran and SCO: strange relations and a strange break-up

The results of the Tashkent Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit have become an unpleasant revelation for Tehran.

US to invite investment in Georgian hydro-energy

USAID has started inviting investments in Georgian hydro-energy. Theproject was presented at the Courtyard Marriott hotel, Trend reports.Approximately $9 billion will be invested in the project. The projectis aiming at adding a renewable part of the energy system, namely anecologically clean 400 megawatt system. USAID said that the projectwill make Georgia energy-independent and it will sell energy to thegrowing Turkish and East European markets.

Nuclear detectors installed in Tbilisi airport

Georgia is developing its nuclear security technologies. Following theequipping of checkpoints with nuclear detectors, they have beeninstalled in Tbilisi international airport, Trend reports.According to the head of the US National Nuclear SecurityAdministration, Tom D'Agostino, who is in Georgia on an official visitnow, this technology allows any radioactive substance to be detected.He also noted that Georgia is one of the safest countries in theworld.

No one can threaten Turkey - Erdogan

Turkish Premier Recep Erdogan has commented on the discussion overTurkish assistance to Gaza Strip and rumors of a Turkish foreignpolicy shift, Regnum reports."For some reason, everybody asks what Turkey's business in Gaza is,but one asks about the US in Iraq. Our ancestors saved the Israelipeople from repression in Europe 500 years ago and in the same way wewill help out our brothers and sisters in the Gaza Strip. Turkey willalways help those who need it," the premier said.

Iranian parliamentarians prepare response to UN sanctions

Iranian parliamentarians are holding discussions on a response to afourth round of the UN sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council onJune 9, Trend reports."The new round of sanctions confirmed the US's hostility towards theIranian people," parliamentarian Kazem Delhosh said.He also noted that this would strengthen the Iranian strive formodernization and that the Iranian people will fight for their rights.He said the positions of Russia and China rasied a number of issues.

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.

Stratfor center head: US to continue strengthening relations with Azerbaijan

The president of the American think-tank Stratfor, George Friedman,said in a speech to the Azerbaijani Academy of Diplomacy that the USwill continue to strengthen relations with Azerbaijan."The United States has no specific position on Azerbaijan because,given the structure of the region, everything depends on the USA'srelations with Russia, Iran and Turkey," Friedman told the media.

US disappointed with Turkish vote on Iranian sanctions

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressed disappointment with theTurkish vote against UN sanctions against Iran, although Ankara'sdecision will not affect US-Turkish military cooperation, RIA Novostireports.The Turkish foreign ministry called the sanctions "a mistake" and anobstacle to a diplomatic resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.

Iran urges IAEA inspection of Israel nuclear facilities

Iran has called on the IAEA to carry out an inspection of Israelinuclear facilities, Interfax reports, citing the Iranian Press TVchannel ."Without doubt, the nuclear capabilities of Israel are a potentialthreat to the entire world and peace in the Middle East," said AliAshgar Soltani, Iran's permanent representative at the IAEA.In 1969 Israel agreed on a deal with the US according to which TelAviv would not make public its nuclear potential and would not carry

US continue dialogue with Russia on South Ossetia and Abkhazia

The US has disagreements with Russia over South Ossetia and Abkhaziabut will continue to engage in dialogue, the official spokesman of theUS State Department, Philip Crowley, said.He added that this was proven by meetings attended by a StateDepartment official during the 11th round of discussions in Genevatalks under the auspices of the UN, the EU and the OSCE.

'Silk road Azerbaijan' festival to be held in Houston

The 'Silk road Azerbaijan' festival will be held in Houston (USA) nestyear, 1news.az reports, citing the president of the Association of theTwin-cities of Houston, Irada Akhundova.The festival is held in Houston annually. Azerbaijan plans anexhibition in Houston and a program of Azerbaijani opera.

UN resolution does not restrict sale of S-300 missiles to Iran - US State DepartmentDepartment

UN resolution does not restrict sale of S-300 missiles to Iran - US State DepartmentDepartment

The USA has confirmed that a Russian contract to sell S-300 missilesto Iran will not be restricted by new UN sanctions against the IslamicRepublic, a US State Department spokesman said, RIA Novosti reports.Philip Crowley noted that resolution 1929 is aimed at enhancing thenon-proliferation regime and is connected with global concern over theIranian nuclear program.

Diplomacy of transit

Diplomacy of transit

The US has admitted there are "serious problems" in its relations with Azerbaijan.

Clinton: We respect right of Iran to use nuclear energy peacefully

Commenting on the resolution of the UN Security Council on Iran, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that this document will make Iran understand that it is responsible for its activities before the international community and shows the Iranian leaders a clear way to stop sanctions, reports Vesti.Az.

 Medvedev and Obama to discuss problem of Iran

Medvedev and Obama to discuss problem of Iran

The problem of the Iranian nuclear programme is to be included on the agenda of the upcoming meeting of US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the US Under Secretary of State William Burns stated.He underlined that the partnership of Russia and the US on this issue was very constructive, especially last year, RIA Novosti reports

Obama: Diplomatic dialogue with Iran is still possible

The US President Barack Obama called unambiguous message the new sanctions against Iran but he also remarked that diplomatic dialogue is still possible. 

Sukhumi and Tskhinvali accuse participants of Geneva negotiations of ‘misunderstanding’

All Abkhaz and South Ossetian attempts to be understood in theirposition on the most topical issues concerning the vital interests oftheir peoples faced obstacles from Georgia and the US participants inthe Geneva discussions, as well as from the moderators (the UN, theOSCE and the EU), a joint declaration by Sukhumi and Tskhinvali says,News Georgia reports.

UN Security Council introduces Iranian sanctions

The UN Security Council passed a resolution on new sanctions againstIran on Wednesday, due to Iran’s refusal to stop uranium enrichment,Reuters reports.12 Security Council members voted for the resolution, Turkey andBrazil voted against, Lebanon abstained.The document was developed based on a US project. It was amended basedon the opinions of the six mediators in the Iranian nuclear programsettlement (Russia, the USA, China, France, UK and Germany) andnon-permanent Security Council members.

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.