March 2013

Talks with Teheran in Almaty: the first results

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By Arthur Dunn

Negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program held on a neutral territory of Kazakhstan gave the first results. For the first time in the history of this issue, Tehran did not delay with determination of the date for the next round of negotiations. It is important that the initiative of prompt meeting came from Iran. And this step is taken, despite the fact that in June, Tehran expects the presidential election, which could be a cover for a reluctance to enter into any agreements in the near future. All these facts prove that Iran is seeking the lifting of sanctions and is ready to meet requirements of the "six".

Ukrainian dilemma

Tentatively in April, President of Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus will discuss the issue of Ukraine's accession to the provisions of the Customs Union. According to an UNIAN correspondent, told the president of Ukraine, returning from Moscow. Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych discussed the format of Kiev with the Customs Union (CU) and agreed to continue to work not only for governments, but also with the involvement of the executive body of the Customs Union. While Moscow is offering Kiev to join the Customs Union, which will reduce the price of purchased natural gas in Russia. In Kiev, still hoping to sign an association agreement and a free trade area with the European Union and offer sectoral cooperation with TC under a "3 +1", but Russia is not satisfied.

Shell against the Arctic: the first round loss

By Rimvydas Ragauskas

On the eve of the New Year  the mobile Kulluk drill ship owned by the energy company Shell ran aground in the Gulf of Alaska, near Kodiak Island. This made reconsider the readiness of oil companies to pursue drilling operations under extreme harsh weather conditions. Due to Shell‘s failures Norwegian Statoil is going to postpone the beginning of drilling in the Chukchi Sea, whereas the French Total announced that the risk of an oil spill in such an environmentally sensitive area was too high to start drilling in the Arctic.  

Romania and Bulgaria are at the door of the Schengen area. Germany has sent the wrong message at the wrong time

By Andrey Gott

Wrong message at the wrong time: it brings grist to the mill and populist Eurosceptic David Cameron. Romania and Bulgaria do not enter into the Schengen area of free movement. Their case will be, at best, reviewed at the end of the year, and nothing says that member states hostile to the entry of both countries have in the meantime changed their point of view to enable them to access One day in space without borders.

Uzbekistan withdraws from the agreement with International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) of UAE

The Uzbek government terminates the agreement with International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) of the United Arab Emirates to build a chemical complex in Navoi region, reports KazTAG. The reasons for termination of the agreement, reportedly was that the parties were unable to reach the figures that have been determined by the conditions of the document, so it was decided to proceed with the divorce.

Situation in which no progress could be made

By Alina Kantor

Once a very bright individual, whose intelligence we certainly cannot doubt, pointed out:” Democracy involves the right of the blind to be a judge in a beauty pageant. I don’t want to step on the toes of all who advocate human rights and freedom; however, this aphorism reveals the ill of our society. Being driven by our zealousness to teach other nations how to live life, we often neglect them and impose our way of thinking upon them. 

The Coming Atlantic Century

By Anne-Marie Slaughter

The United States is rising; Europe is stabilizing; and both are moving closer together. That was the principal message earlier this month at the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC), a high-powered gathering of defense ministers, foreign ministers, senior military officials, parliamentarians, journalists, and national-security experts of every variety.