March 2015

Kazakh FM Urges More Progress in Nuclear Disarmament, Stresses Commitment to Human Rights

Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov urged greater global efforts in nuclear disarmament at the plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament and addressed the High Level Segment of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on March 4.“Today, the world is experiencing a major transformation. We have witnessed growing friction between major powers over perceived zones of influence, markets, control over energy resources and the movement of commercial minerals. This growing instability can lead to conflicts and foster a dangerous trend where states use power rather than diplomacy in world pmfa02olitics. As a result, this can lead to an arms race, as well as to the use of military force and other forms of coercion when protecting national interests,” Idrissov said at the March 4 conference, emphasising that the forum had the potential to make a major contribution to the disarmament process.

Preparations for the opening of one of the most challenging negotiations between Montenegro and the European Union

By Adnan Prekicc

Montenegro is planning to open one of the most challenging negotiations with the European Union this year. Chapter 27, which refers to the Environment and climate changes is to open since the Montenegrin government fulfilled the commitments of the last action plan, which are the condition for the opening of negotiations on this chapter. Up to now Montenegro has opened 16 chapters in the negotiations with the European Union.

Secretary General visit to Finland stresses strong partnership

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NATO is determined to strengthen its partnership with Finland to better address security challenges to the east and south, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during his visit to Helsinki on Thursday (5 March, 2015). Mr. Stoltenberg thanked Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb for his nation’s close cooperation with the Alliance, calling Finland “one of our most active and closest partners."

Aliyev's visit: strengthening the strategic partnership

By Kamer KASIM

The relationship between Turkey and Azerbaijan can be defined as a true strategic partnership. Since its first days of independence, Azerbaijan has always had the support of Turkey in its struggle to recover its territorial integrity. The motto of “two states, one nation” has frequently been used to define the relationship between the two states. And now, the tension originating from misconceptions surrounding around the Turkey-Armenia protocols has been swiftly resolved. The high-level visits and intense frequency of contacts between these two countries have help to preserve their strategic partnership.

Russia and Ukraine: New Gas War Coming?

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By Tatyana Stanovaya

Starting from March 31 the validity term of the winter package of agreements on gas supplies between Russia and Ukraine ends. During this period Ukraine gets the fuel at a preferential price on the prepayment terms. As March 31 approaches the risks of new gas aggravation increase acutely: Russia warns that in case of no new agreements the risk of no more blue fuel supplies persists. However in the current situation another matter occurs in addition to the dispute on prices and terms of supplies: the problem of direct supplies from Russia to the LPR and DNR. Now the gas issue shall be tightly connected with the conflict in Ukraine.