German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on Russia and Ukraine to set in motion the next phase of the shaky Minsk peace accords aimed at stopping the fighting in east Ukraine, ahead of talks about their implementation in Berlin on Monday, AFP reports.
Starting from today Russia becomes a founding country of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It was established under the initiative of China, and as expected shall operate in full capacity already by the end of the year.
Russia has criticized five Nordic nations for signing a joint defense pact, accusing the governments of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden of "confrontational approaches" to regional defense and security issues.
Kazakhstan has been taking an active stance in settlement of the situation in Ukraine and has offered to serve as mediator in the conflict. The opposition in Syria has also been planning to ask the Kazakh authorities to provide a platform for negotiations with all the sides of the crisis. These are but recent examples of Kazakhstan’s involvement in the world affairs.
Due to worsening relations with Russia, its increasing dependence on China and fears of destabilisation, Turkmenistan is adjusting its foreign policy and trying to bolster its cooperation with the West in the field of energy and security. This is indicated by the resumption of its energy cooperation with the European Union, and appeals for more assistance from the United States in the security field.
Ukraine is getting ready to that soon Russia may decide on fielding their peacekeepers in Donbass. The representatives of the authorities have earlier refused from Russian peacekeeping mission and asked the UNO and the EU to consider the matter about forwarding peacekeeping forces to Donbass. Kyiv is concerned that while the West is thinking Russia may make the decision. Kyiv warns that such attempt shall be estimated by Ukraine as the fact of open aggression.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, touring Europe to promote his "Make in India" campaign, has arrived in Germany. He's fresh from a visit to Franco-German aviation giant Airbus' Toulouse headquarters.
The relationship between Afghanistan’s Turkmen diaspora and Turkmenistan has always been complicated as well as under-researched. However, the latest developments along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border helps to shed some light on the situation in this strategically important territory.
Latvia can serve as a source of inspiration to all of the Eastern Partnership countries, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo said during a meeting with President Andris Berzins in Riga.
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said in a speech to the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) about his government's principles on Thursday that the most important challenges facing the country at the moment included security and stability, economic growth and better management of the country, the government communications unit reports.
Kazakhstan prepares for presidential elections to be held on 26 April.
Fourteen countries begin exercises off Scotland designed to reassure Putin's Nato neighbours, as Nordic countries announce new defence alliance against Russia.
The EU should give a clear enlargement perspective to the Eastern Parthernship countries at the May summit in Riga.
The prime ministers of Latvia and Estonia, who are on a visit to Lithuania on Friday, have emphasised that their countries will participate in Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) project if it generates a return on investment.
Reducing fuel consumption in the military has become an operational imperative: not only can it save money, it will also save soldiers’ lives, as well as improve the mobility and endurance of military forces. Enhancing the energy efficiency of the armed forces is one of NATO’s priorities in the field of energy security.