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Turkey is reluctant to solve the problems that are worsening Turkish-Armenian relations, Armenian foreign minister Eduard Nalbandyan says.The Armenian official was reacting to recent remarks by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who said that even though Turkey is grateful to Armenian for humanitarian aid, it won't reconsider its general line on Armenia.

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 Russia plans to send more humanitarian aid to quake-hit Turkey, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday, The Voice of Russia reports. He recalled that in late October, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’ planes delivered 370 tents for residents of Turkey’s affected areas, including the city of Erzurum. “The issue of sending more such tents to Turkey in the near future is on the table,” Lukashevich said. 

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The parliament building in Baku, Azerbaijan, is holding the first session of the commission for international links of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-speaking Countries (TURKPA).

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The Black Sea International Shipowners’ Association (BINSA) has proposed the formation of associations of ports and ship-repairing facilities of the Black Sea, the head of the Azerbaijani State Caspian Sea Company, the president of the association, Aydyn Bashirov, said, Trend reports.

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The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) and Turkish gas monopolist BOTAS are forming a consortium for gas exports from the Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea to the European Union.

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The net income of the Turkish petrochemical holding Petkim, in which the company SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) has equity participation, amounted to 81.7 million dollars in the period from January until September 2011, which is 51 percent more than during the same period last year, SOCAR has reported.The total value of exported goods in the nine months amounted to 634 million dollars, which is 73 per cent more than in January-September 2010.In 2008, the alliance of SOCAR and Turcas purchased a 51 percent stake in the Turkish chemical concern Petkim.

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Greece will pay the debt of about $300 million for Turkish gas by late January 2012, Turkish Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said, Trend reports.Greece was unable to pay the debt due to the economic recession that had started in 2009.

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