Turkey The events in Afghanistan should not affect stability in Central Asia, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the joint press conference following the bilateral talks with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov on November 7 in Ashgabat.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck. Taking part in the meeting on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall were also Latvian President Andris Bērziņš and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. The presidents discussed the security situation in the region and ways to counter newly emerging threats.
The Hungarian parliament has approved a law on Monday which allows building the South Stream gas pipeline without approval of the European Union. The European Commission has already demanded an explanation from Hungarian authorities.
The transit of goods through Kazakhstan in the direction of Iran may be intensified, "Alternative" Research Center director Andrei Chebotarev said.
On October 28, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in partnership with NATO, hosted Jens Stoltenberg, newly appointed NATO secretary general, to deliver his first policy address on the future of the Alliance. Dr. Karen Donfried, president of GMF, moderated the event.
Many have correctly perceived the 8 year-old oil embargo against the Lithuanian oil refinery Orlen Lietuva as Moscow’s political vendetta against Vilnius. Nonetheless, the complete picture is more complex.
Ukrainians are still scared, terrorized by the war; for that reason alone, the vote should not be considered valid. Just last week, the self-proclaimed leaders of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics used this excuse to discredit Ukraine's internationally accepted parliamentary elections. And yet, these hypocritical separatists have just held their own election - right in the middle of a war zone, Kalashnikovs at the ready and with backing from Moscow.
Energy politics may ultimately define the shape of relations between Russia and the West during this latest crisis in Ukraine. Fears of a cold European winter without adequate amounts of natural gas from Russia are outweighing U.S.-led pressure for tougher sanctions against Moscow.
By the end of October, the authorities in Sukhumi must respond to Moscow’s proposal to sign a new agreement “On Alliance and Integration” between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Abkhazia (abkhaziya.org, October 14). The fact that the draft document was leaked to the public, evoking a negative uproar among both the Abkhazian public and the Georgian government, indicates that the Abkhazian elites—including the new president, Raul Khadzhimba—oppose many of the clauses in the document that turn the separatist “state” into a territory under Moscow’s complete control.
Eurasia tunnel will be put into operation in Turkey in 2016, the country’s Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Lutfi Elvan said.