Russia, having turned for several past months into the outcast-state, in course of the visit of Vladimir Putin in China made a number of direct and quite important steps towards Beijing. And this happened right n the moment when China itself was in need of such support. As it found itself under growing pressure of the neighbor states and the USA because of territorial disputes within its southern and eastern marine borders. Tension both in the east and west of Eurasia force Moscow and Beijing not only to get closer but to act in cooperation to neutralize threats – military and foreign political threats.
The abdication of King Juan Carlos means Prince Felipe will take the throne. The monarchy hopes to recover the credibility it has lost in recent years, but the new king faces serious challenges in doing so.
Energy and geopolitics, which cannot be treated in isolation from one another, today dominate both Turkish and American strategic thinking more than any time in the history of their bilateral relations.
The Ukrainian conflict and Russia’s annexation of Crimea is ultimately not about energy, but about power. However the crisis encompasses major and often overlooked energy dimensions of Russia’s destabilisation strategy.
The unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the developments around Ukraine, require Azerbaijan to double its efforts to assert its national interests, to become an economically more attractive country using available resources and a favorable geographical position and attracting new regional and continental projects.
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.