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Georgia to receive financial aid from the USA

Six countries, including Georgia, will receive financial aid from the USA for their participation in the Afghan mission. $50 million will be given to Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Estonia and Hungary. The money is earmarked for maintenance of divisions in the territory of Afghanistan. Altogether, these six countries have sent 1300 troops to Afghanistan. The purpose of the financial aid is to provide an incentive to the servicemen participating in the mission.

US to tighten control over passengers on international flights

The USA will further tighten control over passengers on all international flights from outside America's borders. "The head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, announced today that the transport safety division will introduce new improved measures for all airlines providing international flights to the US. These measures are being taken to strengthen passenger security, in addition to the measures taken after the attempted terrorist act of 25th December 2009", reports RIA-Novosti, citing information from the department.

London, Berlin support sanctions against Iran

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown favor the imposition of tougher sanctions against Iran in connection with its nuclear program.After talks in London, both leaders said they completely support sanctions and would continue talks with their allies.French President Nicolas Sarkozy also expressed Paris’s desire to see new sanctions against Iran during talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington earlier this week.Obama earlier said he hoped to see tougher sanctions in place “within weeks.”

Obama urged PRC to press Iran for meeting its engagements together

The U.S. President Barack Obama during the conversation with has Chinese counterpart  Hu Jintao  emphasized necessity of  press Iran for meeting its international engagements together. He also hailed  Hu Jintao’s decision  to come to Washington  for the forthcoming nuclear security summit.

China agreed to start discussion on sanctions against Iran in the UN

China agreed to start discussion on sanctions against Iran in the UN, reports ITAR-TASS. "China greed to start  serious negotiations," Susan Elizabeth Rice said . She also noted that the negotiations hadn’t started yet, but are to start in the nearest future.  According to Susan Rice, the USA have already got certain proposals concerning elements of the future sanction  resolution .

Centre for neurovascular surgery opens in Armenia

The first republican centre for neurovascular surgery has opened in Armenia  Serz Sargsyan attended a the  opening ceremony the Yerevan State Medical University,  reports Armenia Today.There were allocated $4,5 million for this centre . It has been fit out with modern medical  equipment, the staff was trained in the USA. The Yerevan State Medical University Diagnostic Center is to receive its first patients April 1.The Centre will start functioning in full from May 1.

Obama wants new sanctions against Iran 'within weeks'

US President Barack Obama hopes that fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program will be introduced in the next few weeks.Obama was speaking at a joint news conference with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, reports ITAR-TASS."My hope is that we are going to get this done this spring," Obama said, adding that he wanted to see the new sanctions in place "withinweeks.""The time has come to take decisions. Iran cannot continue its mad race," Sarkozy said.

Georgia wants to stop Russia-Abkhazia aviation cooperation

Georgia is to seek international recognition of the "illegal" aviation cooperation between Russia and Abkhazia, reports Interfax."The Georgian Foreign Ministry will take all legal measures to halt the illegal actions of Russia in regards to cooperation with Abkhazia in the sphere of air transport,” the head of the Foreign Ministry’s international relations department said in parliament.

Turkish ambassador returns to Sweden

Turkey has returned its ambassador to Sweden, after recalling him for consultations on March 11th. ITAR-TASS reports that the head of the Turkish diplomatic mission to Sweden stated before his flight to Stockholm that his recall had been a serious protest by Ankara againstthe actions of the Swedish lawmakers.

The Minsk group of the OSCE is satisfied with its meetings on Karabakh

Representatives of the Minsk group of the OSCE on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, speaking of the results of meetings with the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, noted with satisfaction the commitment of the sides …

Memory of Common Victory

Memory of Common Victory

Speech of the VC editor-in-chief at the Memory of Common Victory conference in Astana

Bombs in Moscow metro were set off by female suicide bombers

The Federal and City authorities stated that the bombs which exploded on the Moscow metro during the Monday morning rush hour were set off by two female suicide bombers. The first bomb went off in the second carriage of the train at Lubyanka station at 07:56 hours, and 45 minutes later a bomb ripped through the third carriage of a train at Park Kultury station. It was confirmed that the total number killed in the blasts and the ensuing events was 37, with 65 reported hospitalised.

USA to deploy contingent in Georgia

  USA announced their intention to deploy a military contingent in Georgia.  Spokesmen of the Pentagon said it today in the course of their official to the U.S.Congress, RBC reports. There measures are necessary for “ensuring stability” during the joint preparations with Washington to  hostilities in Afghanistan.

START to be signed April 8

Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev arranded for signing a new START treaty  on April 8 in Prague, according to the White House communication, received by RIA Novosti."During the phone conversation Obama and Medvedev arranged  to  Prague(the Czech Republic), on April 8 in order to sign the treaty between Russia and the USA concerning the measures aimed at strategic arms reduction”- the White House reports.

Circassian question has been put in Tbilisi

Circassian question has been put in Tbilisi

It remains unclear who may and should be considered a compatriot

 Circassian question put in Tbilisi

Circassian question put in Tbilisi

      Georgian and American scholars press for the recognition of genocide of Adygs

Nalchik honoured for World War Two role

Nalchik honoured for World War Two role

Five more Russian cities have been honoured for their part in theSoviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, RussianPresident Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.Medvedev was speaking at a meeting of the organizing committee forcelebrations for the 65th anniversary of the capitulation of Naziforces.The new “cities of military glory” are Nalchik, Vyborg, Volokolamsk,Bryansk, and the Volgograd Region town of Kalach-Na-Donu.

Paris takes active role in Nagorno-Karabakh

Paris takes active role in Nagorno-Karabakh

The beginning of 2010 was marked by the growing interest of the European Union in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.

Say a word for a pure textbook – 2

Say a word for a pure textbook – 2

The idea of creating a common history textbook is a beautiful utopia

Historical myths in the post-Soviet space and real politics.

Historical myths in the post-Soviet space and real politics.

Report by Aleksey Vlasov at the conference of the same name.

Russia and US promote talks on Iran issue and START treaty

Russia and US promote talks on Iran issue and START treaty

Russia believes there still remains a possibility of resolving Iranian nuclear program by political and diplomatic means, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the statement, made by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a joint press conference following talks with U.S. Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton.

Georgia to present state strategy on South Ossetia and Abkhazia in OSCE

Georgian Minister of State for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili will present a state Georgian strategy towards South Ossetia and Abkhazia on Friday in Vienna at the headquarters of the OSCE."We will hold a presentation of our strategy, which has already had a successful test run in the UN, US, EU", - said Yakobashvili, Azeri Trend international news agency reports. He stressed that the strategy is accepted by both politicians and academic circles, who consider this document to be a good basis for resolving conflicts.

Armenian Foreign Minister meets OSCE Minsk Group chairmen in Paris

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan met the co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh during his visit to Paris, RIA Novosti said, citing an Armenian Foreign Ministry statement. Nalbandyan met Yury Merzlyakov (Russia), Bernard Fassier (France), and Robert Bradtke (US) on Tuesday morning. He also met the personal representative of OSCE head Andzhei Kasprshik. 

Azerbaijani musicians will perform in Israel

Within the bounds of project "Music of the Silk Road" in Israel will be held the evenings of Azerbaijani music. 

Iran is ready to sign a non-aggression pact with the countries of the region.

Iran is ready to sign a non-aggression pact with the countries of the region.

Iran isn’t an enemy of Saudi Abaria and  “the existing on the Middle East crisis is created by USA for achievement of it’s own aims including the usage of Middle Eastern petroleum reserves” – said the adviser of speaker of Iranian Parliament on the Foreign Policy Hussein Sheikhulislam – reports the information agency ISNA quoting the TV channel Al-Alem.

Ahmadinejad again questioned the events of September, 11

Iranian state mass media have quoted the statement made by the president of the country Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who again questioned the facts, concerning the events in USA of September, 11, 2001 - reports BBC.Particularly, it is reported that, Ahmadinejad declared that the attack then was incited by the intelligence service, as a pretext for invading Afghanistan and start of the war on terrorism.

Co-chairmen of MG OSCE will meet with the head of Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Co-chairmen of Minsk Group on settlement of Karabakh conflict are going to meet in Paris in March with Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandyan in the run-up to the visit to the region. It was said in declaration by co-chairpersons of MG OSCE Yuri Merzliakov (Russia), Bernard Fassier (France) and Robert Bradtke (USA), which has been placed at the official website of OSCE, reports News-Armenia.

 Recognition is impossible to reject

Recognition is impossible to reject

The U.S. Congress’s public resolution on the “Armenian genocide” may provoke Ankara to abandon the normalization of relations with Yerevan.

In Kiev, a meeting of coordinators of the GUAM

In Kiev, a meeting of coordinators of the GUAM

In the GUAM Secretariat in Kyiv took place on 18 th Meeting of the Council of National Coordinators (CNC) organization in order to prepare for the next meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of Members of the organization and its meetings with partner countries in Athens in the 17 th meeting of the Board OSCE Ministerial on 1-2 December 2009, the organization said in a statement, reports Trend.