The upcoming visit of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Azerbaijan amid the crisis in Moscow-Ankara relations shouldn’t be regarded as ordinary, despite the fact that traditionally, newly-elected Turkish officials pay their first visits to the Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan.
On November 1, the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, hosted the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian republics, who met together with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the newly introduced C5+1 format (Rpg15.wordpress.com, November 1). Initiated by Washington, the C5+1 format has several important features: it engages only the five post-Soviet Central Asian countries (without Afghanistan, as the US-proposed New Silk Road initiative had stipulated, for example) along with the United States, and it seeks to promote better regional cooperation by offering Central Asia something it had always wanted from the US, namely greater economic assistance. In fact, the promised US assistance to Central Asia will focus heavily on professional, trade and business development (State.gov, November 1), and will aim to support younger and entrepreneurial populations across Central Asia.
It was not Russia but Turkey, which froze the Turkish Stream project, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, the Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported.
Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov continued his country’s public campaign aimed at promoting a framework of mutually beneficial cooperation within Central Asia and with its outside partners as he addressed a think tank gathering in Vienna Dec. 2.
Failure to address climate change effectively will lead to adverse impacts on all countries, but if EU ambition is matched globally, we will maintain economic growth and job creation while meeting the 2°C objective, writes Seán Kelly.
There are growing calls for an EU policy that can confront the drivers of instability in the Middle East. But such a policy is unlikely to emerge anytime soon.
This week's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris certainly does not inform us about the climate problems facing the world. Instead, world leaders will address a number of major topical issues from the economic crisis to global terror. Actually, all the topics being discussed have a common ground - industrialized countries still impose their own interests on other countries in a number of topics including economic policies, as well as the sharing and use of energy resources, and put forward proposals for problems in accordance with those interests.
Large transport and logistics operators of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Georgia have agreed on creating consortium for cargo transportation from China to Europe, said the message from Georgian Railway.
The European Union and Turkey agreed on a deal to stem the migrant crisis, including a three-billion-euro ($3.2-billion) aid package for Syrian refugees in Turkey, EU president Donald Tusk said after a summit in Brussels on Sunday.
NATO must be ready to effectively respond to threats irrespective of their source, says Lithuania's Linas Linkevičius at a meeting of foreign affairs ministers of NATO countries. The meeting of ministers in Brussels addressed threats to the Alliance's security arising from conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East as well as challenges related to the intensifying military activity of Russia.