On May 15, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued a resolution closing the Northern Distribution Network (NDN), a network of rail and road links across Russia and the post-Soviet space that had provided logistical transit to Afghanistan for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) military equipment and weapons since 2008 (Moskovsky Komsomolets, May 19). Given the drawdown of ISAF’s presence in Afghanistan, the closure is less of a logistical problem than it once was. The forces supporting ISAF’s successor—Operation Resolute Support, numbering roughly 12,500 troops from 28 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and 14 partner countries building up the sustainability of the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)—have reverted to southern rail routes bypassing Russia, truck convoys through Pakistan and aerial flights for logistical support.
Embassy of Kazakhstan in Poland organized in Warsaw a conference devoted to the Kazakhstan-Polish cooperation in the framework of the 100-Steps Plan to implement 5 institutional reforms in Kazakhstan.
IDBInformation about the results of the meeting of representatives of Islamic Development Bank on May 18-23 held in Ashgabat was announced by Turkmen government at the session. According to the given information, the participation of IDB in the financing of eight projects on transport sector and support of small and medium businesses for 2016-2018 was considered, reports National News Agency.
Roskosmos Russian Space Agency has confirmed that Aidyn Aimbetov, a Kazakhstan&rsquos cosmonaut, would be sent to the ISS in September 2015, Russia&rsquos RIA Novosti reports. Mr. Aimbetov will replace world's best-selling soprano Sarah Brightman who was supposed to go on a $52 million 10-day trip aboard the International Space Station.
Any nuclear deal with Iran “must be able to be verified”, said French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius on Sunday, ahead of next week's deadline for a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
According to some Russian experts, Moscow and Beijing have decided to proceed with the creation of a common, unified economic space. That is, the Chinese New Silk Road and the Eurasian Economic Union must be paired with each other.
The Polish opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) wants to introduce Hungarian-style special taxes on banks and supermarkets if it comes to power, a close adviser to the party leader was quoted as saying today.
The new head of Wintershall Mario Meren believes that Russia is "the most important region of the firm", and despite the fact that the interests of the group include both the North Sea and the Libyan desert, and Argentina. According to him, to ensure energy security of Europe is only possible with Russia. Therefore, Russia will continue to play an important role in energy supply in the region. However, it can not help but attract attention of political correctness chairman of the group. Speaking about energy security, chairman of the group said that it is not the facts of geopolitical and geological. Cautious Meren citing the International Energy Agency, citing a quote from his report the materials of the agency: "The stability - is a prerequisite for reliable and affordable in price of energy." And, they say, that Russian gas to economic aspects has advantages over other sources of supply. Of particular importance is the European gas supply routes south direction. They are changing again.
The Western Europe – Western China highway will become a paid toll road after 2016, according to the Otyrar.kz news agency. The revenue will be used to pay for road maintenance and construction.
Local elections in Moldova this weekend have strengthened the position of the incumbent government, despite allegations of corruption on a massive scale. Earlier this year, around $1 billion — about 12 percent of the country’s gross domestic product — disappeared from three Moldovan banks in non-performing loans reportedly made to people connected with the country’s political elite. Ironically, the person at the center of the scandal has now been elected mayor of Orhei. Last week’s resignation of the prime minister will also ignite fresh political battles in parliament over the creation of a new majority or governing coalition. The possibility of snap elections could see anti-European parties emerge with a strong majority.
The Government of Lithuania on Wednesday backed such a pact which will define the presence of American troops in Lithuania's military territories and create "conditions for early deployment by American forces of military equipment and weaponry, as well as improvement of the Lithuanian army's infrastructure, funded by the US".
The Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline construction project (TANAP) is being implemented in Turkey rapidly and without problems, Kenan Yavuz, the head of SOCAR Turkey Enerji, the board member of Petkim petrochemical holding report.
Throughout the United States’ 13-year war in Afghanistan, the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan has been a reliable partner, offering assistance ranging from transit routes for U.S. troops, to airspace for non-lethal U.S. supply missions and money to help educate a generation of Afghan children whose lives offer a new promise for their war-torn country.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has accused Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of misinforming his people. Athens' voters were not being told the truth about the commission's proposals, he alleges.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi threatened June 14 to go to a Plan B to deal with migrants which "would hurt Europe" if Italy is not given greater help with the crisis.