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Shevarnadze: Yanukovich was brought up by Georgians

"Whatever happens and whoever the presidents may be, relations between Ukraine and Georgia will be good" - 82 year-old ex-president of Georgia Eduard Shevarnadze said in an interview to the "Izvestiya v Ukraine" newspaper.

Armenia will continue to rely on foreign support in 2010 - UN

The world GDP after reducing by 2% in 2009 will rise by 3% this yearand by 3.1% in 2011. According to the new UN report on the worldeconomic state and prospects for 2010, the revival of the worldeconomy will be unstable and rapid and will not lead to the recoveryof the employment market.The head of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Robert Vos,noted that current forecasts on the world economic development arebetter than six months ago. However, the unemployment level is stillrising around the world.

Ukraine to develop relations with Iran

Iranian ambassador to Kiev Akbar Kasemi delivered credential letters toUkrainian President Victor Yanukovich in the presence of UkrainianForeign Minister Constantine Grishenko.Yanukovich expressed his desire to Kasemi to develop relations andcooperation between the two countries, Interfax-Ukraine reports.Yanukovich noted that Iran is one of Ukraine’s leading partners in thesphere of commerce in the region.

EU membership for Ukraine, Georgia 'science fiction' - EU mission in Russia

The chances of Georgia and Ukraine joining the European Union are so remote as to be akin to "science fiction," the head of the EU mission in Russia said in an interview with Russia's Nezavisimaya paper published today.

Putin calls for Customs Union expansion

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has urged an expansion of the CustomsUnion by allowing other members of EurAsEC (Eurasian EconomicCommunity) to join. He made the declaration in St. Petersburg onFriday, RIA Novosti reports.The Customs Union consists of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are also members of EurAsEC. Armenia,Moldavia and Ukraine are observer countries.

Kazakh doubts the expediency of building Georgian grain port

The expensive supply of Kazakh grain to Georgia by rail is creatingdoubts about the construction of a grain terminal in one of thecountry’s ports, managing director on external economic activities ofProdkorporatsiya, Daulet Uvashov, told VK.He said that the expense of exporting grain through Georgia comes fromhigh railroad tariffs in Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia itself.

Armenia in 52nd position in world growth index

Armenia is in 52nd place out of 125 other countries according to acomparative analysis of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on stimulationof world commerce for 2010.

Azerbaijani ambassador to visit Abkhazia

The Azerbaijani ambassador to Georgia, professor Namik Aliyev, willvisit the Abkhazian capital on May 20. In Sukhumi he plans to meet thehead of the local university, professor Joni Apakidze, as well asmembers of the academic council and students, Rosbalt reports.

Interview with editor-of-chief of Vestnik Kavkaz Alexei Vlasov for analytical publication Euro-Asia

Interview with editor-of-chief of Vestnik Kavkaz Alexei Vlasov for analytical publication "Euro-Asia"

Alexei Vlasov, in a recent exclusive interview, the famous American analyst Thomas Ambrosio said that the USA accepted that the South Caucasus is a sphere of influence for Russia. Do you think this statement is correct?

EIB to provide Georgia with EURO 80 mln to unite electric networks with Turkey

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will give an EURO 80 million loan toGeorgia for the extension and modernization of a high-voltage networkand uniting it with the electric network of Turkey, Trend reports,citing the bank's press-service.

Russia and Ukraine call for peaceful solution of the problem of Transdniestria

Dmitri Medvedev and Viktor Yanukovich have signed a range of statements at their meeting in Kiev, RIA Novosti reports. Amongst them, Russia and Ukraine will cooperate more in naval affairs. Also, they believe that the conflict in the republic of Transdniestria can only be resolved peacefully. The question of abolishing the visa regime between Russia, Ukraine and the EU was also discussed.

Paata Kalandadze: Kazakhstan has no desire to reclaim its investments back from Georgia

Paata Kalandadze: "Kazakhstan has no desire to reclaim its investments back from Georgia"

Kazakhstan and Georgia intend to increase relations, not reduce them.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development estimates Armenia's GDP growth at 3% in 2011

 According to the prognosis of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the GDP of Armenia will grow about 3% in 2011 and 10% in 2010. RIA Novosti writes that the GDP growth of Russia …

Armenia accused of violating WTO rules

Ukraine has accused Armenia and Mongolia of being in violation ofWorld Trade Organisation rules: the Ukrainian Ministry for the Economyhas disclosed discriminatory taxation on Ukrainian tobacco goods inthese countries, reports "Kommersant-Ukraine".The conflict should be resolved by means of the protective mechanismof the WTO, which recently helped Ukraine defend its interests inGeorgia.The Ukrainian association "UkrTabak" has already started unofficialconsultations with the Armenian side on the is

Kiev does not acknowledge sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Ukraine will not acknowledge the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Constantine Grisheno said in an interview to Kommersant-Ukraine newspaper.He added that Ukraine is planning sectoral agreements on cooperation with Russia and will participate more actively in the work of CIS, but will not become a member of CIS.

EU wants to cooperate with Russia in post-Soviet space

The European Union does not want to compete with Russia in post-Soviet space, said the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighboring Policy, Stefan Fule, RIA Novosti reports.Fule recalled that the EU had offered to cooperate with Russia in the 'Eastern Partnership' program, which covers the political and economic integration of the EU with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldavia and Belarus, but that the Russian authorities refused.

Victory Day parade begins in Moscow

More than 11,000 military personnel are taking part in the Victory Dayparade in the capital of Russia. For the first time the militaryforces of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Moldova will march withRussian military units on Red Square. Also military personnel of theUSA, the UK, France and Poland will participate in the parade, RIANovosti reports.

Informal meeting of CIS begins in Gorki

An informal summit of the CIS was opened on Saturday evening in Gorki,a town situated near Moscow.  The summit followed an informal summitof the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which also tookplace in Gorki, RIA Novosti reports.Opening the summit, President of the Russian Federation DmitryMedvedev greeted President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, a newparticipant in the council of heads of CIS member states.As a source in the Kremlin reported before the summit, there is no

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The race has begun in Georgia to become mayor of Tbilisi in the May 30th election.

SOCAR opens first three gas stations under its own brand

The State Oil Company of Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) has opened thefirst three gas stations under its brand in Baku, on the highwayleading to Baku international airport and on Zykh Highway and inBibi-Eybate, Trend reports.Nine more gas stations under the SOCAR brand will be opened by the endof the year. So far SOCAR has built 30 gas stations in Georgia.The company also plans a retail business in Ukraine. So far it hascarried out the rebranding of 20 gas stations. Oil product marketingwill start in May.

Adygeya and Lugansk Territory in Ukraine sign cooperation agreement

Within the visit of the Adygeya delegation to Ukraine, the sidessigned an agreement on friendship and cooperation between theAntratsitov region and the Lugansk Territory, reports, citingthe president of the Republic of Adygeya, Aslan Tkhakushinov.

Russian Black Sea fleet is no threat to Turkey - Davutoglu

Turkey does not consider the agreement between Ukraine and Russia toprolong the lease on Russia's Black Sea Fleet in the Crimea to 2042 athreat, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, RIANovosti reports.Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on April 21 prolonging thefleet's presence in the Black Sea by 25 years with the possibility ofa further prolongation. Ukraine received a 30% discount on Russian gasin exchange.

Armenian servicemen honor the memory of Soviet soldiers

In Moscow, Armenian servicemen have honored the memory of Soviet soldiers who died in World War 2, the press service of the Armenian Defence Ministry reports.A column of Armenian servicemen will participate in the military parade on Red Square on May 9th, dedicated to the Great Victory. They have visited Victory Park, and the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya hill, News Armenia reports.

Crimea and Caucasus may be joined by Kerch Strait bridge

A bridge over the Strait of Kerch, separating Russia and Ukraine, willmake Crimea and the Russian part of the Black Sea coast of theCaucasus a unique resort region, Russian ambassador to Ukraine MikhailZurabov said, RIA Novosti reports.The construction of the Crimea-Caucasus bridge was restarted afterVictor Yanukovych became the president of Ukraine. Russia expects tofinish the bridge before the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

Davutoglu in Ukraine visit

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu starts an official visit to Ukraine today,, reports, citing the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's press-office. During the visit, Davutoglu will hold meetings with his counterpart Konstantin Grischenko and the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. He will also visit the Crimea. It is expected that during the visit a "road map" of Ukrainian-Turkish relations for 2010-2011 will be signed.

Russia proposes merging Gazprom and Ukrainian Naftogaz

Russia proposes merging Gazprom and Ukrainian Naftogaz

On April 30, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in compliance with the results of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations proposed to merge Gazprom and Naftogaz of Ukraine , thus creating the same integration as in the nuclear sphere, reports Interfax.

Armenia to join Customs Union despite lack of common borders

Armenia is going to join Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in a Customs Union, even though it has no common borders with them, the RBK-Daily newspaper reports. Armenia is going to create a special economic zone, with transit and customs procedures similar to those in Kaliningrad region of Russia, the paper said. The issues of Armenia's entry into the Customs Union were discussed at the Yerevan meeting of the Armenian Premier Tigran Sargsyan and Russian First Deputy Premier Igor Shuvalov.

Armenia appoints new ambassadors

On April 26 President Serzh Sargsyan has signed a decree to Andranik Manukyan as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Ukraine. Armen Khachatryan was released from the duties of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Ukraine and appointed as Armenian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Belarus, reports Armenia Today.

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.