At a meeting with the students and faculty of the National Research Nuclear University, an elite Russian college, on January 22, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unexpected statement on nuclear weapons that contradicted most of his earlier declarations on the subject. Responding to a question posed by Artem Bekerev, a third-year cybernetics student, Putin said,“My personal position is that at some point, humanity must renounce nuclear arms. But for now, we are far from this, in the sense that other nations aside from Russia have nuclear arms as well—and many of them—and they are not going to renounce this means of armed combat. Such a step by the Russian Federation would be very strange in these conditions, and could lead to some fairly serious, grave consequences for our nation and our people.”1
Poland has confirmed that it will nominate its Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski to replace Catherine Ashton as EU foreign policy chief.
Abkhazia has no intention to become a part of the Russian Federation; and the republic has no plans to review the possibility of changing the status of an independent state. This was announced by the Interim People's Council of Abkhazia.
5th Session of Conference of Parties to Framework Convention for Protection of Marine Environment of Caspian Sea under way in Ashgabat
The 5th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention) is under way in Ashgabat. It has been organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan and the State Enterprise for the Caspian Sea under the President of Turkmenistan together with the interim Secretariat of the Tehran Convention at the regional office of the UN Environment Programme for Europe (ROE UNEP).
The EU's Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle commended the Western Balkan country's efforts during a meeting with President Tomislav Nikolic in Belgrade and the EU’s top enlargement official has praised Serbia's progress towards accession into the EU.
Joint work on draft Treaty on rivers between Kazakhstan and China is scheduled to begin in 2015 - National Coordinator of SCO activity Shahrat Nuryshev
One of the key issues of the Kazakh - Chinese bilateral relations is the issue of the use and protection of transboundary water resources.
Poland's electoral commission has released finals results of the European elections, with Civic Platform just edging out the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) by less than half a percent.
How far Sunday’s Front National victory was actually a real vote for their policies and leader is hard to decipher.
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) played the German card during the European elections, riding on the nationality of its top candidate Martin Schulz, who is primarily responsible for the SPD’s spike in votes, according to Michael Kaeding.
The anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) looked set to take more seats in the European Parliament than any of the mainstream British parties as polls closed on Sunday.