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Georgia’s foreign turnover increases by 15%

Georgian foreign trade turnover increased by 15% from January to March 2010 in comparison with the same period of the previous year, Rosbalt reports. In the first three months of this year the country's foreign turnover reached $1.36 billion, including $339 million of exports, a 55% increase year-on-year. The import rate has also increased by 6%. The trade balance remains negative, athough it was reduced by 9%.

An event entitled 'The Georgiev Ribbon' begins in Krasnodar

An event entitled 'The Georgiev Ribbon' began at 2pm on Sunday in the capital of the Krasnodar region. Volunteers are distributing the first set of awards to anyone who wants them on Zhukov Square in the city centre, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the assistant to the regional head of the youth wing of 'United Russia', Dmitri Kovalenko.

Russia and Ukraine to discuss Russia’s Black Sea Fleet

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wants the State Duma to ratify the agreement between Russia and Ukraine prolonging the Russian fleet's presence in the Black Sea in Crimea for 25 years after 2017, RIA Novosti reports. Information on the document was placed in the State Duma’s database. President Medvedev and Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich signed the agreement on April 21st in Sevastopol. The document says that the agreement may be prolonged by 5 years.

Trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Ukraine increased 4-fold

Trade turnover between Ukraine and Azerbaijan for January-February this year totals $261.6 million, 4 times greater than figures for the same period last year, former Ukrainian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Boris Klimchuk stated at a press-conference in Baku on April 22nd, AzerTAc reports.

Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament calls for Ukrainian-Georgian rapprochement

The speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Vladimir Litvin, said Georgia and Ukraine should develop good relations, reports RIA Novosti. He noted that during the presidential polls in Ukraine "there were many unpleasant moments connected with unauthorised Georgian electioneers". He also added that he adores the Georgian people, their culture and traditions, but unfortunately there is little information shown about it and the current situation in Georgia on Ukrainian TV.

Georgia wants to take out a patent for 'khachapuri'

"Khachapuri à-là Georgienne"! Tbilisi is going to take out a patent for the famous flatcake with cheese. In this way, the authorities of the country hope to expand their food market abroad. //

Ukraine no longer interested in GUAM partnership

Ukraine is no longer interested in future cooperation within theframework of GUAM, the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, VladimirLitvin, said at a news conference. "It seems that nowadays most of the member-states are no longerinterested in this project," he said. He also added that EU Easternpartnership is more attractive for Ukraine.

Ukraine approves agreements over Russian gas costs

The governments of Russia and Ukraine have approved the agreements reached between Gazprom and its Ukrainian partners over cooperation in gas sphere, including those concerning costs, reports ITAR-TASS citing the Russian government press service.

Vnesheconombank to work with Abkhazia

Vnesheconombank to work with Abkhazia

Bank to finance Abkhazia with chip stone for construction of Olympicfacilities in Sochi

CIS defence ministers discuss future military cooperation

CIS defence ministers discuss future military cooperation

The Defense Ministers Council (DMC) of the CIS member-states has discussed a number of issues regarding celebrations for the 65th anniversary of victory in World War Two, as well as more than 25 other matters of mutual military cooperation, reports Interfax.

The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine have discussed the situation in the CIS

The presidents of Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan - Dmitry Medvedev,Victor Yanukovych and Nursultan Nazarbayev - held a meeting today,discussing the situation in Kirgizia, RIA Novosti reports, citingSergey Lavrov, Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The meeting ofthe three presidents took place within the summit on nuclear safety inWashington.

Azerbaijani becomes European Champion in the 55 to 65 kg free-style wrestling weight category

Azerbaijania national Zhabrail Khasanov became a European Champion infree-style wrestling, RIA Novosti reports. Magomedmurad Gadzhiev, aRussian wrestler from Dagestan, received the silver medal.Earlier, Mahmud Magomedov, an Azerbaijani, earned the gold medal inthe weight category below 55 kg, beating Bulgarian Radoslav Veliky inthe final. Russian Victor Lebedev beat Yuri Ledeniov from Ukraine,earning him bronze.

Azerbaijan - NATO: Partnership, but nothing more

Azerbaijan - NATO: Partnership, but nothing more

Baku is considered to be a geostrategic link between Europe, South Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Georgia mourns for main ally

Georgia mourns for main ally

Kaczynski saved our country’s sovereignty - Saakashvili

Turkish premier to meet Obama, Sargsyan

Turkish Prime-Minister Recep Erdogan will meet U.S. President Barack Obama and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Washington on Wednesday.

Events in Kyrgyzstan do not affect TRACECA transport corridor

According to today’s information received by Trend from the TRACECA permanent secretariat in Azerbaijan, the events in Kyrgyzstan do not affect the transport of freight in the network of the TRACECA transport corridor (Europe-Caucasus-Asia), because the transportation route “does not pass through Kyrgyzstan ".The TRACECA program currently includes Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Iran.

Yanukovych annuls commission on preparing Ukraine to join NATO

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has annulled the interdepartmental commission on preparing Ukraine to join NATO. This was announced in a Presidential decree of April 2, published today on the presidential website, ITAR-TASS reports.In another decree, Yanukovych annulled the National Center for Euro-Atlantic integration and dismissed Vladimor Gorbulin from his duties as chairman. The new Ukrainian government has repeatedly stated that the issue of joining NATO is not on the agenda.

Moscow to hold meeting of CIS member-states defense ministers

Scheduled 48 of CIS member-states defense ministers’ council will take place in Moscow in April 14. It is expected that delegations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan will take part in the meeting, reports Armenia Today.More than 20 questions of defense interstate cooperation are at agenda. A plan of joint activity in military-memorial sphere by 2015 year will be discussed and probably passed.

Ukraine bans Russian pork imports

Ukraine banned on Monday the import of pigs and pork from the South, Central and Volga regions of Russia, reported UNIAN, quoting a source in the Ukrainian State Committee of Veterinary Medicine.The ban was imposed after international veterinary authorities reported several swine plague cases registered in the Volgograd, Saratov and Voronezh administrative territories of Russia.

The Factor of Common Victory

The Factor of Common Victory

May 9 will become not only a festive date, but also an ideological performance of great importance.

In the Israeli Knesset face-off between the Arab and Russian deputies takes shape

The Arab members of the Israeli legislature (Knesset) blame their "Russian" counterparts for the creation of the "Russian camp”. Deputy from the Arab party, Ahmad Tibi, who traditionally oppose immigrants from the CIS countries, is irritated the presence of Russian deputies in the Knesset. At least 10 of the 120 members of the Israeli Knesset, came from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Central Asia states and other CIS countries.

Caucasian passage widening

Caucasian passage widening

The president of Kazakhstan suggested creating a new oil pipeline in the network of the TRACECA program.

Patriarch Kirill arrived in Armenia

Patriarch Kirill arrived in Armenia

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill arrived with a three-day visit to Armenia, where he will meet with the public authorities of Armenia, countrymen, teachers and students of the Yerevan State University, and will underbuild a new Russian Orthodox churches, RIA Novosti reported.

GUAM will consider the experience of the Visegrád Group

 GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) will consider the experience of the Visegrád Group(Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) in matters of international trade, investment and energy policy , said Georgian Deputy …

Sky Georgia to start daily Tbilisi-Batumi flights

Sky Georgia airlines will begin daily flights between Tbilisi and Batumi at the end of March, Business Georgia reports.With this aim, the company will lease a new 44-seat plane from Ukraine.The price of a return ticket will be $120, or $200 for business class.

GUAM head sure organization not threatened with disintegration

GUAM Secretary General Valery Chechelashvili is sure the organization is not threatened with disintegration and that it has a future. As he declared in Tbilisi on Friday during conversations with journalists, GUAM has to activate concrete projects, Trend reports.“We cannot boast that all eight groups existing within the organization are actively realizing projects. That is why it is necessary to use all the potential that the organization has,” Chechelashvili said.

Azarov becomes Ukrainian prime minister

The Supreme Rada of Ukraine on Thursday appointed Nikolai Azarov to the post of prime minister of Ukraine, UNIAN reports. The appointment was approved by 242 of 343 deputies registered in the session hall.Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych congratulated Azarov and gave him a bouquet of flowers.

Council of Europe rules on Azerbaijani human rights

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has published its rulings on the implementation by Azerbaijan and other European states of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, Trend reports.The decisions taken on 25 cases or categories of cases concerning Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Britain, Turkey and Ukraine were published.

Turk attacked Ukraine’s consulate in Istanbul because of quarrel with Ukrainian wife

A citizen of Turkey who was shot and wounded by a guard at the Ukrainian Consulate in Istanbul during an attempt to penetrate the building, staged the attack due to a quarrel with his Ukrainian wife, reports.

Armenian, Ukrainian presidents may meet this year

A meeting between the Armenian and Ukrainian presidents may take place this year, the Ukrainian ambassador in Yerevan, Aleksandr Bogko, said, according to Armenia Today.Bogko expressed the hope that the meeting would take place this very year. During the meeting, the two heads of state would discuss questions of bilateral economic relations. The diplomat said Armenia and Ukraine have traditionally had friendly relations, which must be increased first of all through economic cooperation.