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January 2014

Hungarian nuclear power plant financed by the Russian

Took the biggest deal between Russia and Hungary in the development of the Hungarian Atomic Energy . Russia has pledged to give 30 - year loan of 10 billion euros to build capacities only Hungarian nuclear power plant. READ MORE

NATO Chiefs of Defence define military priorities for 2014

NATO Chiefs of Defence concluded a successful two-day meeting at NATO Headquarters identifying the future military priorities in Operations, Partnerships and Transformation, setting the basis for the work on the 2014 Summit deliverables. READ MORE

New Geopolitical Triagle

By Martin Gots

By Actualized the problem of the dynamics of relationships in the " geopolitical triangle " Ankara -Tbilisi-Baku. READ MORE

Lithuanian and Kazakh foreign ministries’ action plan signed in Vilnius

On 27 January 2014, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed. READ MORE

The future of Missile Defence: A NATO perspective

Speech by NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow at the INSS Missile Defence conference in Israel READ MORE

LYONS and FISHER: Is it time to create an ‘Asian NATO’?

By James A. Lyons and Richard D. Fisher Jr.

A regional security alternative should replace a weakened U.S. Pacific presence READ MORE

 MERKEL'S NEW EU ALLIANCE POLICIES

The financial crisis has not only changed Europe, it has also influenced German Chancellor Merkel's alliance policies. Instead of focussing on Paris, Merkel is establishing a broad network of ties. READ MORE

The Year the EU Sets Its Future Course

By Jan Techau

The year ahead will set the course of Europe’s future political shape for many years to come. True, the euro crisis has not been fully handled, and it could return on an even larger scale at any moment. Yet the discussion in Europe has shifted away from ad hoc crisis management. READ MORE

Evaluation of the Lithuanian presidency of the Council of the European Union

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The Press Service of the President has presented the evaluations of Lithuania’s presidency of the EU Council  by key European Union’s politicians. READ MORE

Belgian politician lauds Kazakhstan's decision to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes

Kazakhstan's competitive advantage over some of the most developed European countries - members of the OECD is commitment to and continuity of the implementation of ambitious strategies and programs, Former Mayor of Ypres, Belgium and Vice President of Mayors for Peace Organization Luc Dehaene believes. READ MORE

Lithuania and Latvia share common tasks

President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently on a working visit to Riga, met with President Andris Bērziņš of Latvia. She is visiting Latvia at the invitation of this country's President and will attend the opening events of Riga as the European Capital of Culture 2014. READ MORE

NATO: Azerbaijan is a country of pivotal importance for Europe's energy security

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Azerbaijan is a country of pivotal importance for Europe's energy security and to peace and stability in the Caucasus. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during a joint press point with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Brussels. READ MORE

NATO PA PRESIDENT OUTLINES TASKS FOR NATO SUMMIT AT ATA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

12 December 2013 - Speaking at the conclusion of the Atlantic Treaty Association General Assembly in Brussels on 11 December, NATO PA President Hugh Bayley (United Kingdom) outlined his vision of the four tasks for the upcoming NATO Summit to be held in the United Kingdom in September 2014: confirm the Alliance’s post-2014 commitment to Afghanistan; change “the way NATO does business”; clarify to publics on both sides of the Atlantic why NATO is still needed; and agree the terms for future enlargements. READ MORE

Associated gas production in Kazakhstan steadily growing

By Elena Kosolapova

The associated gas production is steadily growing in Kazakhstan, the country's Oil and Gas Ministry told Trend on Jan. 10. READ MORE

Estonia in a year after the introduction of euro: what awaits Latvia

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Transition of Latvia to euro from 1 January 2014 allows us today to remember how this transition proceeded in the neighbouring Estonia three years ago and the outcomes by the end of the first year of living in eurozone. READ MORE

Lawyers Appeal Extradition of Fugitive Kazakh Banker

Lawyers for Mukhtar Ablyazov, an avowed opponent of Kazakhstan’s government, are appealing a French court ruling that the former banker be extradited either to Russia or Ukraine, French media reported Wednesday. READ MORE

Kyrgyzstan Accuses Tajikistan After Border Clash

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Kyrgyzstan accused neighboring Tajikistan of threatening regional stability Monday after an armed clash that injured eight border guards. READ MORE

Welfare debate stokes Germany-EU tensions

Does the German social welfare system contravene European law? The EU seems to think so. It has made a statement regarding the rights of migrants that has caused quite a stir in Germany. READ MORE

What Bulgaria expects for itself and the European Union in 2014

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By Kristian Vigenin, the foreign minister of Bulgaria

As populists gather more and more support in several EU countries, the responsibility of politicians is to limit those trends and establish a truly European debate ahead of the European elections. READ MORE

Russia’s Energy Pivot to Asia

By Natalia Stapran, Associate Professor at the Department of Oriental Studies, MGIMO University

The rate of energy consumption in the Asia-Pacific region has significantly increased over the last 10–15 years. Energy resources are playing an ever more important role in speeding up economic growth in Asia making it the most dynamically developing and high potential energy market in the world. There are growing energy demands involving new non-traditional categories of stocks. As estimated, Asia Pacific region will provide most of the increase in oil and natural gas demand in the world in the period up to 2030. This shift in growth away from the West makes producers look further to conquer Asian markets. READ MORE

Greece takes over the EU presidency as Samaras' popularity slumps

Greece took over the EU Presidency from Lithuania - a status the debt-hit country will retain for the first half of 2014 - as midnight struck to bring in the New Year on Wednesday. READ MORE

Progress of Lithuania’s talks with Gazprom will depend on Brussels

The speed and the outcome of Lithuania’s talks with Gazprom will depend on future negotiations between Russia’s gas monopoly and the European Commission on the anti-trust case, the business daily ‘Verslo žinios’ reports on Monday citing sources. READ MORE

Billions Vanish in Kazakh Banking Scandal

By Charles Forelle

Kazakhstan's BTA Bank Accuses Former Chairman of Fraud READ MORE

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Turkmenistan and its Feisty Neighbors

By Anthony Rinna

Of the three energy-rich post-Soviet states besides Russia that border the Caspian Sea - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan- Turkmenistan constitutes the regional “wild card” in terms of its direction as an external energy supplier as its foreign policy orientation is not as clearly defined as those of the other two states.   Azerbaijan has proven itself to be an ally of the United States and Israel, planting it rather firmly in the Western camp, while Kazakhstan, despite its multi-vector foreign policy and friendly relations with the United States,  maintains close ties with the Russian Federation, both in terms of ethno-linguistic ties, as well as within the more formally-binding structures of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. READ MORE

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