In September 1991 Russia got down to mediation in the most complicated armed Nagorny Karabakh conflict, the first one in the USSR. By May 12, 1994 it assisted Azerbaijan (AR), Armenia (RA) and Nagorny Karabakh (NK) to stop mass bloodshed. Severe almost three-year war ended with armistice. In half a month it is already 20th anniversary.
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and U.S. First Deputy Secretary of State William Burns discussed on Wednesday issues related to the situation in Afghanistan, Noviy Vek reported referring to the U.S. embassy in Tashkent.
Laying the pipeline which will carry Russian natural gas to Europe under the Black Sea through Turkey's exclusive economic zone within the South Stream project is getting started. Steel pipes for the first pipeline in the South Stream project, which will consist of four pipelines, will produce a Germany-based company Europipe.
Afghanistan’s presidential elections on April 5б 2014 did not deliver an outright winner, and the second round is scheduled for late May. Although people in Afghanistan, the adjacent regions and the wider world all cherish the hope that the future Afghan president will usher in an era of improvement and renewed development, many fear that the new leader will be no better than his predecessor, will fail to stabilize the domestic arena, where security remains the key concern. Besides, NATO is set to withdraw most of its contingent from Afghanistan by the end of this year, giving way both to fresh risks and new opportunities. These developments are closely watched by the Central Asian states, not least due to their impact on regional security.
Within the working visit to the USA, Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Alasania held meetings with U.S. Senators and Congressmen.
Kazakhstan is ready to expand the bilateral relations with the U.S., Kazakh presidency reported.
Energy experts delivered a blow to fossil fuel industries at global talks in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday. They called for an end to subsidies that keep oil, gas and coal prices artifically low.
Riigikogu foreign committee chairman Marko Mihkelson said, when speaking at the first reading of the law of ratification of the Estonian-Russian border agreements on April 16 in the Riigikogu, that the Estonian parliament will take a final vote on the border agreements only when Russia has done the same, reports Public Broadcasting.
Fighter jets from Poland, the United Kingdom, Denmark and France take over NATO air policing duties over the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Thursday (1 May 2014) as part of enhanced collective defence measures agreed to by Allies earlier this month.
While the USA and the EU are imposing new sanctions against Russia, the situation in the east of Ukraine keeps on worsening. “The supporters of federalization” keep on capturing new buildings: in Lugansk almost all administrative facilities are under control of the separatists. The acting President of Ukraine Aleksander Turchinov admitted that Kyiv didn’t control the situation and that Moscow was about to start a war. Against this background the President of Russia Vladimir Putin assured that Russia had nothing to do with the actions of the separatists and expressed his failure to understand the imposing of sanctions by the West.