The 31st European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships opened at the Minsk Arena today at 10:00 local time. 25 teams will compete for the right to be called champions of the continental championship, among them - teams from Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Armenia. The opening ceremony of the Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships will be held at 18:15 at the Minsk Arena.
The Georgian Minister for Youth and Sports Levan Kipiani said that his ministry had an urgent meeting with the Football Federation yesterday. He noted that the problem that occurred at the first match between the football clubs Chikhura (Sachkhere) and Neftchi (Baku) will not happen again, Georgia Online reports.
"When President Abdullah Gül decided in 2008 to watch the match between the national football teams of Turkey and Armenia for the European Cup, together with Armenian President Serzh Sargsian in Yerevan, it was a big deal," an article by Murat Yetkin published by Hürriyet Daily News reads. "There was hope on the horizon for trying to leave behind the deep conflict between the two nations over the mass killing of Armenians during the First World War, in the last years of the six-century-long Ottoman Empire," the author writes.
The Turkish authorities have decided to demine border areas in the east.Three-quarters of the cost of demining is to be covered by the European Union, the Turkish newspaper Aksam reports.Clearing border territories is already held jointly by the Interior Ministry and the Turkish General Staff. A territory of 11 million 665 thousand 641 square meters will be cleared. The mine fence will be replacedby a modern warning system, and any cases of illegal border crossings willbe cut short by 26 observation cars, Turan reports.