Instead of fulfilling its obligations Russia has resorted to provocations. Western sanctions will be a reply.
President of the Swiss Confederation and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Didier Burkhalter visited Astana Nov. 20-21 to discuss with Kazakh officials political and economic cooperation with Kazakhstan and the OSCE’s response to the Ukrainian crisis.
Despite Western economic sanctions, Iranian-Turkish relations have been developing in many different directions in recent years. Illustratively, on October 24–25, the Eastern Anatolia Development Agency (DAKA), Iran’s Foreign Ministry Institution for Political and International Studies (IPIS) and the Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM) jointly hosted the Turkey-Iran Van Forum in the Turkish city of Van. The main theme of the Forum, which was inspired by a Turkish-Iranian foreign ministers’ meeting from earlier this year, was “Sectoral and Financial Deepening” (tasam.org, accessed November 14). In this framework, participants discussed topics that included “Public Diplomacy,” “Energy and Petrochemistry,” “Turkey-Iran: Dialogue of Civilizations,” “Logistics, Transportation and Communication” and “Economy and Trade” (Ihlas Anadolu Agency, October 24).
Following discussions with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna has said that the two countries are in agreement over the Ukrainian crisis.
Research and development can open the EU to new ideas and technologies that can help us manage cheaper energy costs, cheaper industry costs, and a cleaner and safer environment for all the EU. If anything we have to increase funding in R&D, not cut it, says Victor Negrescu.
Putin's foreign ambitions don't seem to be limited to Russia's post-Soviet sphere of influence. EU diplomats are concerned that Russia is establishing itself in the Balkans, and rightly so, says DW's Verica Spasovska.
A book fair in Bucharest: hundreds of people queuing up, all wanting to get their copies signed.
Despite 600 kilometers of joint border, trade between Iran and Azerbaijan stood at $210 million in 2013. Both Iran and Azerbaijan are dissatisfied with the current volume of trade.
Economic and political turmoil in Ukraine has already led to a significant reduction in energy consumption in the country. According to Ukraine's State Statistics Committee, from January to September, consumption of electricity fell by 5.8 percent and natural gas by 16.6 percent, compared with the same period last year.
Both the OSCE Minsk Group and the US State Department expressed their attitude to the fact that a helicopter of the Armenian armed forces was downed in the airspace over Nagorno-Karabakh.