May 29, 2014 in the capital of Kazakhstan - Astana, an agreement was signed for the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union , and the organization will begin its work on 1 January 2015. EAEC must become a new form of economic integration of Russia , Belarus and Kazakhstan , which already have a common customs territory and provide a total of 85% of GDP in the CIS.
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).