Russia will remain as Kyrgyzstan’s strategic partner, but in military terms the republic must rely on its own power, said Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev during a press conference on the results of 2016.
August poll by the Bertelsmann Foundation shows 56% of Britons wanting to stay in the bloc.
The election of the Socialist and avowedly pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon as president of Moldova on November 13 has had a far bigger impact in the news than his small country usually enjoys. Observers have predicted that Moldova will swing away from the EU and back into Russia’s orbit. They have paid particular attention to comments Dodon has made that Ukraine’s annexed peninsula of Crimea is a de facto part of Russia and that a similar rapprochement by Chişinău with Russia might help resolve Moldova’s protracted conflict with the breakaway territory of Transdniestria.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said he won’t hand power to his children to succeed him, as the former Soviet Union’s longest-serving ruler delays democratic reforms amid the country’s worst economic downturn in nearly two decades.
Turkey will chair the Energy Club of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 2017, making it the first non-member country to do so.
As President-elect Donald Trump promises to pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), calling it a “disaster”, China is ready to form its own Asia-Pacific trade pact.