December 2012

Participation of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan in Southern Corridor for gas to Europe to bolster their sovereign independence – Congress

Participation of Turkmenistan and possibly Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the Southern Corridor for gas to Europe would bolster their sovereign independence, according to a new report by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s GOP staff titled “Energy and Security from the Caspian to Europe”, reported Silk Road Newsline.

Silk Wind Project in Central Asia and South Caucasus Gains Speed

By Richard Weitz

In recent months, Kazakhstan and Georgia have joined with Azerbaijan and Turkey to make considerable progress in their Silk Wind Project, which aims to construct a high-speed, multimodal container transportation system for freight shipments between the countries of Europe, the Caucasus and Asia. According to the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan, the participating countries plan to introduce a single tariff for the transportation of goods within the project as well as share more preliminary information between their customs authorities and rail operators (Trend, November 28). 

Russia-NATO relations: partnership or confrontation?

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By Viktor Denisenko

It is not easy to evaluate the relationship between Russia and NATO. In the public space the attitude toward NATO is negative. This attitude was inherited from the Soviet times, and Russia practically does nothing to change the situation. The statements of Russian authorities also demonstrate this hostile approach. On the other hand, Russia and NATO could be treated at least as partners, since Russia‘s interests are not always totally opposite to the ambitions of the Alliance.

The Council Of The European Union Endorses Trio Programme Of Future Irish, Lithuanian And Greek Presidencies

On 11 December in Brussels, ministers of the European Union member states endorsed the programme of the Council of the European Union for the Irish, Lithuanian and Greek Presidencies. The so-called Trio will be responsible for the EU’s legislative process from 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2014.

Incompetence reigns supreme

By Katya Gorchinskaya

Inevitably after a major election and government reshuffle, Ukraine’s counterparts once again start asking themselves, which way Ukraine is going to go. Typically, a geopolitical choice is meant, but if you ask the regular Ukrainians on the street what’s on their mind, it won’t be geopolitics.

Kazakhstan's strong position in the international arena has played a great role in the selection of Astana as EXPO-2017 host

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Kazakhstan's win the right to host Expo 2017 has caused a positive reaction abroad. About this and the bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates, which celebrated 20th anniversary this year, Kazinform correspondent talked with Managing editor of the independent Arabic-language newspaper "Al Fajr" Sherif Al Bassel.

EU-Russia gas supply partnership

Partnership, Europe's dependence, or interdependence between Russia and the European Union, there are many ways people use to define the EU-Russia relationship around natural gas. Even if Europe does try to diversify its energy suppliers and partners, or even redefine the rules of the game, gas could still remain the continent's key energy resource for the next century and Russia, its main supplier.