At the beginning of 2015 in Vienna should start one loud trial. Themis appear before the ex-ambassador of Kazakhstan in Austria Rakhat Aliyev. Proceedings in his case lasted from 2007. The same number of Kazakhstan seeking his extradition to his homeland. Former official accused of contract murders, kidnappings, extortion and financial fraud
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia has received a donation of CNY35 million (approximately EUR4.5 million) and that delegations of the two countries signed 13 agreements in Belgrade.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he had decided his country should set out on a course towards Euro-Atlantic security integration, and would press for that in parliament soon.
Several important memoranda, including a memorandum to deepen atomic cooperation, were signed Dec. 14 during the official meeting of the Kazakh-Chinese Council, where Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov met with the Chinese Premier of State Council Li Keqiang.
The Under Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller accused Russia in militarization of Crimea, and the official Representative of the NATO Military Committee Chairman Capitan Dan Termansen of “non-transparency it military actions”. Meanwhile during the meeting with the military attaché the Head of the Russian General Staff Valerij Gerasimov stated that Russia was concerned about NATO’s activity by its borders. Naturally there is something true within these mutual blames. As a result a situation has developed, which is able to lead to a direct military conflict in the peninsula, included into the Russian Federation six months ago.
Brussels is shocked by the decision of Armenia to join the Eurasian Economic Union, stated the Head of the Polish-Ukrainian cooperation Foundation (PAUCI) Jan Pieklo to Yerevan paper Aravot..
In his year-end presentation to journalists in Moscow, the Russian President did not identify concrete measures for an economic recovery. He described sanctions as illegitimate.
North Atlantic Council and Gulf partners discuss greater cooperation to deal with security challenges
The 28 members of the North Atlantic Council and its partners of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative discussed common security challenges and ways for closer cooperation to deal with them during a conference on Thursday (11 December 2014) in Doha, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of this partnership.
Personality of Vladimir Putin has key influence on decision-making in Russia, so the factor of President is the most significant in course of analysis of political-economic processes, as well as relations with West. It seems that mutual distrust between Putin and West (that was expressly demonstrated in Brisbane) is a long-term factor. Since the beginning of his function as President Putin was oriented on approach with West on the terms of Russia, on strengthening in G8, which was perceived as an elite international club. Also developed personal relations between Putin and a number of Western leaders (Chirac, Shroeder, Berlusconi), grounded on mutual trust also played significant part. As a result in 2007 Putin made a landmark decision, as he thought, not only not to change the Constitution for the sake of his third term, but to suggest for the role of the successor Dmitry Medvedev who was the most acceptable for West from all possible candidates.
The poll by TNS Polska found that 56 percent of respondents who said they intended to vote would back the current president.
Even for a country that is notable for its myriad contradictions, the gap between China’s hard and soft power has never been more pronounced. The year 2014 has witnessed the kind of global hard-power projection that is unprecedented in recent Chinese history. The two-year-old Xi Jinping administration has used China’s growing economic and military might to impose its stamp on the world order. Yet the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) increasingly draconian efforts to impose ideological control on 1.3 billion Chinese has not only stifled their creativity but also detracted from the worldwide appeal of the “China model.”
Iran partly suspended sealing fuel tanks imposed on Turkish trucks coming in Iran, head of Transit Department at Iran’s Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization (RMMTO), Mohammad Javad Atrchian said, the official IRNA news agency reported Dec. 7.
Fifteen years ago there would have been an immediate confident mainstream answer. The United States was then celebrated for its flexible labor markets, while Europe was said to suffer from rigidity, known as Eurosclerosis. In a 1999 paper that has been cited over 2,000 times, economists Olivier Blanchard and Justin Wolfers argued that these differences of "institutions" conditioned the responses of the two regions to "external shocks." Thus the US, with more flexible institutions, would rebound from an event like the Great Financial Crisis, while Europe would be expected to linger in stagnation.
Today the attention of politicians and economists around the world, including Azerbaijan, is focused on Turkey. The course of confrontation between the West and Russia, the fate of tens of billions of dollars in investments, and major projects of the 21st century depend on Turkey’s decision and further actions.
During his visit to Wahington, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry conducted on December 11 the third regular meeting of the bilateral Strategic Partnership Dialogue committee, reports the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry.