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Iran expects positive reaction from Russia on uranium agreement

Tehran is counting on an effective and positive reaction from Moscow on the realization of the Tehran trilateral agreement on the exchange of low-enriched uranium (up to 3,5%) for highly-enriched (up to 20%) on the territory of Turkey, the Iranian news agency Fars reports, with reference to the Foreign Ministry.

Georgia and the USA will stand up to today’s and future challenges together

The US President Barack Obama sent a letter to Georgian PresidentMikhail Saakashvili on the occasion of the Independence Daycelebration on May 26th. In the letter he noted that Washington andTbilisi remain strategic partners, Georgian Presidential Vice-SpeakerManana Mandjagaladze said on Thursday, Interfax reports.

Baseball to be played in Georgia

Baseball to be played in Georgia

Georgia may soon see a new sports boom.

Sapsan may be launched in Sochi

According to the president of Siemens in Russia, Dietrich Meller,Siemens and Russian Railroads (RZD) are discussing a variant of Sapsanwith sleeping carriages, with one possible route being theMoscow-Sochi line, PRIME-TASS reports.

Azerbaijani telecommunication satellite construction deal signed

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and InformationTechnologies (MCIT) has signed a general contract on the constructionof the first Azerbaijani telecommunication satellite, AzerSpace. Thecontract was signed by the director of the Center of InternationalConnections and Calculations of Jalil Jafarov and the vice-presidentof Orbital Sciences Corporation (USA) Michale Larkin, Turan reports.

Urban communism

Urban communism

Mayoral elections are to be held on May 30th in Tbilisi.

Turkey refuses to give US lists of transit passengers

Turkey has rejected a US request for lists of transit passengers travelling through Turkey, reports Trend, citing the Turkish publication Hurriyet.

Russia has independent position on Iran

The position of Russia on Tehran’s nuclear program is neitherpro-American, nor pro-Iranian, Russian Presidential Assistant SergeyPrikhodko said today, commenting on the critical declaration made byMahmudinejad on the possibility of supporting UN SC sanctions byRussia, Iran News reports.Prikhodko noted that any unpredictability, political extremism,non-transparency and inconsistency in making decisions concerning theinternational community are unacceptable to Russia.

Kadyrov makes speech for school leavers

The Farewell Bell sounded in Chechnya for over 30 thousand school students, the republic’s President Ramzan Kadyrov told the school leavers about the professions in demand, RIA Novosti reports.He said that the country has a surplus of lawyers and economists, the country needs teachers, doctors, tractor drivers, construction and housing and community specialists. He noted the importance of humanism, patriotism and honesty.

Iran calls on Obama, Medvedev to support uranium swap deal

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged the leaders of Russiaand the USA to support an agreement signed on May 17 in Tehran betweenIran, Brazil and Turkey on uranium exchange, reports ITAR-TASS.

US appoints new ambassador to Azerbaijan

US President Barack Obama has appointed Mathew Braise as newambassador to Azerbaijan, press service of the White House said,reports ITAR-TASS.Braise still has to be approved by the US Congress. Until now he hasbeen a deputy aide of the US State Secretary on issues of Europe andEurasia and supervised relations with Transcaucasus republics in thepost-Soviet space.

Saakashvili wants to hold back from rapprochement with Russia

 Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is sceptical of thepossibility of a Russian-Georgian rapprochement, but remainsoptimistic regarding the future, reports Interfax."We have to maintain our path - this is development, economics, and astrengthening of nationhood and democracy - and we have to wait forthe time when modernized Georgia will become a desirable partner formodernized Russia," Saakashvili said on Wednesday.According to Saakashvili, Russia will start modernization quicker than

Azerbaijan signs contract on renting orbit for national satellite

Azerbaijan signs contract on renting orbit for national satellite

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and InformationTechnologies and Malaysian satellite operator MEASAT signed along-term contract in Istanbul today on renting an orbital positionfor the Azerbaijani satellite Azerspace, Trend reports citing theministry.

USA and Armenia discuss nuclear security issues

The head of the US delegation to Armenia, special envoy of the US State Department Michael Stafford, appreciated the participation of Armenia in the program of joint efforts against the trafficking of nuclear and radioactive material, the press-service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry told New Armenia.The US delegation and heads of various Armenian agencies and departments discussed the process of program implementation in Yerevan. The program was signed by Armenia and the USA on 14th July 2008.

Russia supports the dialogue of the ‘Six’ and Iran

Russia calls for a dialogue of the ‘Six’ international mediators(Russia, the USA, China, France, UK and Germany) on the Iraniannuclear program settlement with Tehran, the official spokesman ofRussian Foreign Ministry Andrey Nesterenko said in his commentspublished on the ministry’s website on Tuesday.

Ingush president congratulates school-leavers

Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov visited a school in Magas onTuesday to congratulate school-leavers, the presidential press servicesaid.He also attended a meeting on the Unified State Examination (USE). Thepresident warned that any official trying to intercede for any studentin the exams would be dismissed.

Anti-terrorist operation held in Turkey

An operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), recognized asterrorist organization by the US and the UN, was held in Turkey'sTunceli province, Trend reports. As a result, nine members of the PKKwere arrested.

Iran cuts oil production

Sanctions and underinvestment have cut Iran's oil production capacity by at least 300,000 barrels per day, depriving the country of billions of dollars of revenues, reports Financial Times.The slow development of new oilfields and the poor condition of many existing wells have caused the fall, according to Iranian and western experts."Oil production capacity has dropped by probably about 300,000-400,000 bpd," said a former senior official in Iran's government. His figures were consistent with those of a western oil official.

Karabakh: Elections without alternative

Karabakh: Elections without alternative

Parliamentary elections in the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh have once again attracted the attention of the international observers in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict area.

Russia confirms territorial integrity of Azerbaijan

Moscow considers that the status of Nagorno-Karabakh can not be determined by means of elections in the region, reports Interfax, citing an official representative of the Foreign Ministry .

Parliementary elections held in unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh

Elections for parliament were held today in the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. They were the fifth in the history of the republic, over 60% took part in the elections. The overall number of voters was 95303.

Obama revises unipolarity: USA stops taking action alone

US president Barack Obama stated that the US cannot act alone in the world arena and must take a complex approach in its foreign policy, BBC reports. Before next week's publication of the national security strategy he stated that US success was obvious when the country was a part of some alliance, as it was during World War II or the Cold War. At the same time, Obama noted that cutting itself off from the world community had not been fruitful for the US.

Obama revises unipolarity: USA stops taking action alone

US president Barack Obama stated that the US cannot act alone in the world arena and must take a complex approach in its foreign policy, BBC reports.Before next week's publication of the national security strategy he stated that US success was obvious when the country was a part of some alliance, as it was during World War II or the Cold War. At the same time, Obama noted that cutting itself off from the world community had not been fruitful for the US.

Matthew Bryza to be American ambassador to Azerbaijan

According to the US media, the White House has confirmed the appointment of ex-co-chair of the OSCE Minsk group, Matthew Bryza, as US ambassador to Azerbaijan, reports 1news.az with a reference to EurasiaNet.

USA lifts sanctions from Russian organizations accused of helping Iran

The presidential administration of the United States has lifted the sanctions against three Russian organizations, earlier accused of cooperating with the Iranian nuclear weapons project. Sanctions against one ot herorganization, suspected of weapons trade with Syria, have also been lifted, RBK reports quoting Associated Press. But the US state department is making no comment on this. Some experts think that this decision was made to persuade Russia to support the UN Security Council resolution on Iran.

Clinton threatens Iran with isolation

Iran should meet the international community halfway over its nuclearprogram or the country risks falling into international isolation, USsecretary of state Hillary Clinton told a joint press conference withJapanese Foreign Minister Kazuya Okada on Friday.She said Tehran should fulfil its obligations, otherwise it will faceisolation. Clinton also noted that the project of the UN resolutionagainst Iran, announced this week, is an explicit message to theIranian authorities, reports ITAR-TASS.

Washington does not consider Tehran uranium agreement exhaustive

The US welcomes Turkish and Brazilian efforts on the Iranian nuclearprogram, but the agreement on uranium exchange does not eliminate allthreats, the Turkish TV channel TPT reports.The White House said that the Tehran agreement is weaker than earliersimilar agreement with Iran.Brazilian President Lula da Silva said that the agreement demonstratesIran's readiness to negotiate on its nuclear program and urged theworld to follow up.The new sanctions project prepared by the USA will be voted on next month.

Sanctions against Iran will not affect Russian interests

Possible sanctions against Iran "would not affect existingRussian-Iranian economic contacts", the chairman of the Russian upperhouse's committee on international affairs said.The UN SC resolution project for Iran is well-balanced and wasconcerned by Russia, the USA and China, Mikhail Margelov said.

Cherkessians mourn

Cherkessians mourn

Cherkessians living in Adygeya, Karachay-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria and all over the world celebrate the Memorial Day of Adygeis on May 21st.

Rahim Chahkiev: Did you ever want to hang up your gloves

Rahim Chahkiev: "Did you ever want to hang up your gloves"

Our VK correspondent had a conversation with the Beijing Olympic Champion in boxing, Rahim Chahkiev, who recently arrived in Ingushetia to have some rest between hard matches.- Rahim, recently you won your fifth prize-fight against professional Slovak boxer Slavomir Selitskii, scoring a knockout in the second minute of the first round. Do you know that Ingushetia roots for you?- Thank you. The support of my compatriots is very important to me.