U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in Brussels, where he will consult with NATO allies on troop contributions and other support for Afghanistan, before announcing his own policy plan for the war-torn country.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič in charge of Energy Union. With the approaching negotiations on the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), Lithuania’s energy related interests, threats posed by the Atsravyets nuclear power plant and other EU instruments aimed at ensuring energy security were discussed at the meeting.
Joining of such huge members as India and Pakistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which is expected in June 2017 will dilute the ability of the organization to act as a cohesive body and will not strengthen its influence at the international level, Bruce Pannier, US expert on Central Asia believes.
BILL GATES, the world’s richest man, who has devoted much of his philanthropy to improving global public health, gave a speech the other day at the Munich Security Conference that should have caught everyone’s attention. Mr. Gates insisted that world leaders think differently about public health and national security. They should listen.
Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci and Turkey President, Recep Taip Erdogan in Presidential Palace in Turkey.
Western democracies will be further challenged next year, as populist parties are expected to make gains in Europe, while China and Russia increasingly set the global agenda, taking advantage of a US withdrawal.
Decision of the State Council of the French Republic on the release of the Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov has caused mixed reactions in the legal and diplomatic circles of the country. In the margins of the agencies suspect that the State Council had an impact from the outside. And do not rule out the financial lobby.
Internationally recognised speakers, scholars and politicians presented reports and spoke about Kazakhstan’s achievements and future during the Nov. 28 international conference, 25 Years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Outcomes. Accomplishments. Vision for the Future. The conference was part of the celebrations of country’s quarter century of independence on Dec. 16.
A senior British official made clear during a meeting with ambassadors from European Union countries in London this week that his government wants a signal from the EU about what kind of Brexit deal it is willing to accept before triggering divorce talks, EU sources said.
There’s a need to return to the EU’s original goals, which even after 60 years are still up to date and important for dealing with the prospects of the EU, said Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SOPK) president Peter Mihok on Friday.