Russia will invest about over $1 billion in Kyrgyzstan and $200 million in Tajikistan for modernization of the Armed Forces, Kommersant reports.The finances will be provided according to the Collective Security Treaty with account of US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.Kyrgyzstan will receive weapons, vehicles, helicopters, hospitals, mortars, satellite equipment. Kyrgyz military will undergo training in Russia.Tajikistan will modernize air defenses, repair military equipment. It will have benefits in purchasing Russian petroleum.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev noted the need for dialogue and diplomatic means for nuclear problems at the ASEM forum. He said that it concerns both the Iranian and North Korean nuclear problems.Medvedev said that the North Korean problem required restoration of the six-sided talks. He described the responsibility of Russia and the US in reducing nuclear weapons. Countries with nuclear projects that had not joined the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty should be taken into account.
Georgian PM Bidzina Ivanishvili got back GEL 80 miillion (about USD 49million), which he transferred to the state budget before theelections as a fine."As far as I know, Bidzina Ivanishvili’s money has not been used tohelp the affected people in Kakheti (region). This amount was on theaccount of the National Bureau of Execution and was returned toBidzina Ivanishvili, as long as it was an illegally-paid penalty," theMinister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia David
Armenia is to establish three new embassies — specifically, in Mexico,Indonesia, and Vietnam — in the coming year, First Deputy Minister ofFinance Pavel Safaryan announced on Monday during budget discussionsat the National Assembly.A total of AMD 7.6 billion will be spent in 2012 to operate Armenia’sembassies and diplomatic missions, and this amount exceeds that of thepast year by AMD 915 million. To note, in line with the currentexchange rate, US $1 is equivalent to approximately AMD 406.
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Georgian former Defense Minister Dmitry Shashkin has given his first interview after moving to the US on October 1, Vzglyad reports.He said that he was simply on vacation and was planning to return to Georgia. The former minister explained that the sudden departure was provoked by physical abuse of his 8-year old daughter.Shashkin reminded that activists of the Georgian Dream coalition were holding a picket at his house when he returned back with his daughter. One of the activists hit his daughter, witnesses said. He left the country after the incident.
Spokesman of the US State Department Patrick Ventrella said that the US was disappointed with the Syrian National Council and planned to replace opposition leaders in Syria. The problem will be discussed at a conference organized by the Friends of Syria Group in Doha (Qatar).The official did not give names but he said that they will engage in organizational and practical work. This means that the talks in Doha may concern formation of a transitional government if Bashar al-Assad’s regime falls.
Millionaire Christopher Tappin has admitted attempts to sell batteries for surface-to-air systems to Iran in 2005-2007 at the court of Texas, RIA Novosti reports.Such actions were a threat to the national security of the US and its allies.Tappin may be fined with $11,000 and jailed for 33 months.
Less than a week is left ahead of the presidential elections in the US. At the moment, none of candidates has a significant advantage. According to the last data by YouGov, Barack Obama is supported by 48% registered American voters, Mitt Romney – 46%. The member of the Public Chamber of Russia, the political analyst, Sergey Markov, told Vestnik Kavkazaa about the upcoming elections in the US, the American-Iranian crisis, and influence on the parliamentary elections in Georgia caused by Obama.
The Azerbaijani military industry and Defense Ministry will present weapons and equipment at Indo Defense 2012 on November 7-10, 1news reports.Over 500 companies from 50 countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, France and Turkey, will attend the exhibition.Azerbaijani Defense Minister Yaver Jamalov will represent his country.Azerbaijan will present own night vision equipment, armor, transparent ammo clips for the first time.
Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Ramin Mehmanparast said that the country was ready for talks with the six mediators (Russia, UK, China, USA, France and Germany) and was expecting a reply to initiatives filed in June.The goal of Iranian proposals is recognition of Iran’s right for nuclear energy based on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The six mediators called the proposals constructive and requested time to give a response.