Progress in talks with Washington on missile defense does not directly dependon the upcoming U.S. presidential election,said in an interview to" Interfax"Russian Foreign Minister Sergein Lavrov.He said the situation around the American military programwill continue to significantly depend on the domestic politicallandscape in the United States. "At the same time in our opinion theimpact of the ongoing dialogue with Washington on missile defensecannot be directly linked with the outcome of upcoming elections inthis country, because the American position is defined by a wide rangeof factors not limited to the views and attitudes of parties andindividual politicians, " said Lavrov.
Fikret Sadykhov, an Azerbaijani political analyst and professor at the Western University, says that Russian activity, in particular efforts by the Russian president, was quite high this year. 8 trilateral meetings show Russia's commitment to resolving the conflict. But the problem is lack of results, despite resolutions, decisions of international organizations and declarations of state leaders, including Russia, to withdraw Armenian forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
The head of the ‘Caucasus’ Institute, Alexander Iskandaryan, sums up the political developments that took place in Armenia in the passing year in his interview to VK.
Turkey and Azerbaijan will sign a cooperation memorandum for establishment of a consortium to build a pipeline to transport gas from the Shah Deniz Field in Azerbaijan through Turkey on Monday.
The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the only conflict in the post-Soviet space, which can be settled now, believes Russian President Dmitry Medvedev."The only way - to negotiate, because alternative to negotiations do not exist. There's only a bad alternative - war," - said in an interview to AzTV, when asked about the ways and prospects of resolving the conflict. "My answer is that over the past few years there have been done much in order to bring closer the positions of the parties. Prospects for an agreement, of course, exist" - said the head of the Russian state,
Pope Benedict XVI has condemned the commercialization of Christmas as he held Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. “Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God’s humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity,” the 84-year-old pope said in his homily,
Tens of thousands of people have filled Sakharov Avenue in Moscow to protest against the alleged rigging of parliamentary polls, in a new challenge to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin's authority
Today Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev celebrates his 50th birthday
Addressing the Federal Assembly this week, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the country needs political reforms in order to improve democracy and establish civil society. VK asked an expert to comment on the president's initiative.
Iosif Diskin, a political analyst and member of the Public Chamber, commented on the president’s message, noting that the initiative is now in the hands of citizens. The president set a strict limit for the legal sphere. The government is indeed expanding the legal opportunities of civil society, but is not allowing violations in the political system. Otherwise there would be anarchy and instability, Diskin said at discussions of the president’s message.
The Washington Post reported ties between France and Turkey, strategic allies and trading partners, abruptly unraveled Thursday after French legislators passed a bill making it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago constitute genocide. The bill strikes at the heart of national honor in Turkey, which denies the genocide label and insists the 1915 massacres occurred during civil unrest as the Ottoman Empire collapsed, with losses on both sides.
Dunya Miyatovich, OSCE representative for freedom, expressed concern about France passing the bill on prosecution for public misrecognition of the so-called Armenian Genocide.