June 2013

Former Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski's advice to his compatriots: Be more sensitive in dealing with Lithuanians, otherwise you'll come across as arrogant

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By Eglė Digrytė

Former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski is perplexed about why the Poles and the Lithuanians, just recently strategic partners, are at each other's throats over matters like spelling of names and learning official language. “I said many times [to Lithuania's Polish community]: you're Lithuanian citizens so you have to be loyal to your country and you have to speak Lithuanian,” the politician, who still remains a popular politician on this side of the border, said during an interview to 15min.

Uzbekistan, United Kingdom discuss issues of bilateral cooperation

Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and the Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Baroness Saeeda Warsi discussed the state and prospects of Uzbek-British dialogue as well as topical international and regional problems on June 12, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Kazakh economy: course aimed at diversification

By Elena Kosolapova

According to the presidential decree, Kazakhstan began its transition to a "green economy" since the beginning of summer. According to the accepted concept, the country set a target to increase the share of alternative and renewable energy sources to 30 percent by 2030 and to 50 percent by 2050. Earlier, it was mentioned about the desire to develop the country's renewable energy sources. "Future energy" has been declared as the theme of "EXPO-2017" international exhibition. According to the topic, President Nazarbayev ordered to provide the "EXPO-2017" facilities with power at the expense of alternative energy sources.

Baltic Breeze: Lithuania Is The First Baltic State To Take Over The EU Council Presidency

Taking over the EU Council Presidency, Lithuania will focus on pursing credible, growing and open Europe, country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius said at the launch event of the Official Guide to the Lithuanian EU Council Presidency, hosted by the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU together with Hill+Knowlton Strategies on 13 June.

Russian-Chinese Energy Competition in Central Asia

By Maria Prosviryakova

The strategic importance of Central Asia and its vast energy resources draw a lot of external interest to it. Russia traditionally has been the strongest outside player in in the region. But now China’s active involvement in energy sector of Central Asia is quickly increasing its influence and challenging Russia’s position in the region. In this interview Dr. Robert M. Cutler, Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of European, Russian & Eurasian Studies at Carleton University discusses the issues of China-Russia competition and cooperation in the context of energy security in Central Asia.

A triumvirate of Eurasian Allies Moscow, Astana and Tashkent Are Forming New Geopolitical Axe

By Viktoria Panfilova

The visit of the Secretary of State Grigoriy Karasin, Vice Minister of the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation to Tashkent became the continuation of the dialogue, started in Moscow this April by the Presidents Islam Karimov and Vladimir Putin. Then they signed a large set of documents on various spheres of cooperation – from economy to special services cooperation, up to 2017. Security and development of the total Central Asia region depends on its accomplishment.

LITHUANIAN PRESIDENCY APPROACHING: INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATION IS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE COMMON EU GOALS

Lithuanian foreign affairs vice-minister Vytautas Leškevičius, while presenting the principal goals of the Lithuanian Presidency of the European Union (EU) Council in the Conference of Committee Chairs of the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg, stressed the importance of the cooperation of the EU institutions.