June 2015

Ban Ki-moon: Kazakhstan's initiative for World Religions Congress is a contribution to religious tolerance

Kazakhstan's initiative for the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions is a contribution to a critical global conversation about promoting religious tolerance and advancing the universal right to freedom of religion and beliefs, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an interview to the UN News Center.

Asymmetric threats to Eastern Mediterranean cooperation

By Christianna Liountri

Multinational companies willing to invest in Eastern Mediterranean examine the whole range of risks associated with a potential plan to develop oil and gas facilities. The great strategic and economic importance of these facilities make them attractive targets. Even though a conventional war is not a likelihood, an international company assuming cost-benefit approach, will take into consideration «asymmetric threats» which a potential pipeline or offshore platforms could face.

SCO Considers Expansion, Building Cooperation with Other States during Moscow Meeting

Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov participated in the June 3 regular meeting in Moscow of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The focus of the meeting was to prepare for the upcoming council of the heads of SCO member states that will take place July 9-10 in Ufa, Russia.

Turkey must not depend on gas suppliers – BOTAS (exclusive)

By Rufiz Hafizoglu

Russia’s gas discount for Turkey, the supplies of Iraqi gas to the country and others are among the most pressing issues for the Turkish government today. In an interview with Trend Agency, deputy general manager of the Turkish state-owned BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corporation, Nedim Ozyol spoke in details about the gas supplies to Turkey.

"Iron Silk Road": dream or reality?

A majority of the projects introduced by China within the scope of the 'Silk Road Economic Belt' vision have yet to reach maturity. Nevertheless, the draft outlines prepared for these projects promise great potential in the eyes of many regional countries including Turkey, which have received relevant proposals with great enthusiasm. A combined budget worth nearly $40 billion will be allocated to these projects through which China is planning to boost its influence over Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East in particular. Another objective set by Beijing when introducing the projects in question was to promote China as a leader country which is deemed indispensable for regional stability, development, and integration.