The situation around the South Stream project remains to be controversial. After declarative freezing of the project by Bulgaria the gas pipeline construction was supported by Austria, and soon by Hungary. As Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated, “the one who said that we shouldn’t construct the South Stream should offer us an alternative way of our living without energy”, reports Freedom Radio. Simultaneously quite unclear was the idea of the Ambassador of Italy to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini. And it is the line of Italy, which is undertaking Chairmanship in the EU, to influence the situation greatly.
Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday told the Bundesbank to butt out of Italian politics while stressing that he had "excellent" relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Eduard Shevardnadze, the last foreign minister of the Soviet Union and onetime president of Georgia, died Monday. Shevardnadze had not been active in politics since his ouster as president during the Rose Revolution in 2003. However, his time in politics marks two critical periods of transition in geopolitics and the world: the end of the Cold War and the restart of the U.S.-Russian struggle.
The NATO Liaison Officer in Central Asia works directly with Central Asian government authorities to maximise their use of NATO’s partnership instruments in support of the goals set out in their respective cooperation programmes with the Alliance.
Fugitive oligarch and former high-ranking official of Kazakhstan Rakhat Aliyev detained in Vienna on a warrant prosecutors issued May 19 this year. Today, he is kept in prison Josefstadt. Austrian authorities a few years Kazakhstan denied extradition of ex-official, and the investigation conducted passivno.Hotya facts of his criminal activity had already had enough.
Just over 400 out of 723 votes went to Martin Schulz.
In the run-up to last December’s European Union defense summit, British General Nick Houghton warned that the United Kingdom’s armed forces risked being “hollowed out.” Too little of Britain’s reduced defense budget was being spent on personnel, he noted, and too much on “exquisite” equipment bought for the wrong reasons. “We must also be careful,” he cautioned, “that the defense budget is not disproportionately used to support the British defense industry.”
Friday, July 4, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė paid a visit to the USS Oscar Austin destroyer. The ship which belongs to the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet has been sent to Klaipėda Seaport showing solidarity with the Baltic countries and providing support to enhance Lithuania's and regional security.
Four NATO ships entered the Black Sea today in a regularly scheduled deployment to enhance NATO solidarity and readiness in the region.
Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov shared his views on the role of modern Kazakhstan in the international arena, priorities of the country's foreign policy, medium and long-term prospects, and integration processes in an interview with Kaznform Agency.