European politicians fear negotiations will now be more complicated
These days, Astana is probably the busiest and most sleepless city in Central Asia. In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, Akim (Mayor) of Astana Asset Issekeshev talks about the most relevant issues for the capital, the development of the transport system, the attraction of investments and, of course, the city’s preparedness for the highly anticipated EXPO 2017 to be held under the theme of Future Energy.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its latest forecasts released raised the GDP forecasts for all three Baltic states, and Latvia is to see the steepest economic growth among its Baltic neighbors.
“We would like to return to extensive consultations in the coming months,” the chief of Polish diplomacy, Witold Waszczykowski, said after a meeting with the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, Jean-Yves Le Drian. The Polish foreign minister was taking part in the OSCE Ministerial Council in Paris.
The British Council will present the Future Creative programme to bring U.K. contemporary culture to Kazakhstan and to promote cooperation between cultural leaders of Kazakhstan and the U.K. as part of the EXPO 2017. The programme will focus on the U.K.’s economy and feature a package of innovative projects in music, theatre and creative leadership designed to engage citizens in the life of smart cities.
India’s and Pakistan’s joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will have controversial impact on the organization, Richard Weitz, a senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the US-based Hudson Institute, believes.
Qatar’s ruler postponed an address to his country on Tuesday (6 June) over its sudden and damaging diplomatic isolation from other leading Arab nations, in order to allow Kuwait some time and room to mediate, write Tom Finn and Sylvia Westall.
Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Unity) in Tbilisi met with his Georgian counterpart Georgy Mgebrishvili, and signed a declaration on cooperation between both countries.
Negotiations between regime, rebels in Kazakh capital will aim to establish definitive borders for ‘de-escalation zones’
A fiscal mechanism unveiled this year, under which the government absorbs all additional revenue when crude is above $40 a barrel, marks a “change in ideology” from the previous mechanism designed to ensure budget stability, according to Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev. Given that the central bank is allowing the market to determine the exchange rate, the new approach sets the task of freeing the ruble from oil as the “main goal,” he said in an interview in Moscow.
Saudi Arabia and three of its Arab allies cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, furious with what they see as the tiny emirate’s tolerant attitude toward Iran and Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. The moves by the Saudis, Bahrain, the U.A.E. and Egypt came soon after U.S. President Donald Trump visited the region and joined Saudi Arabia in lambasting Iran for sponsoring terrorism from Syria to Yemen.
In Kazakhstan, the trial on the case of the former head of BTA bank Mukhtar Ablyazov is continuing. He is accused of fraud and theft of more than $ 7.5 billion from the bank.
The Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and India signed a petition on the beginning of talks to establish a free trade area, a Sputnik correspondent reported Saturday.
World leaders have vowed to press on with the Paris climate deal without the United States. Many US businesses, cities and states also said they would act together to combat climate change.
Although Iran’s raging inflation rate followed a steady decline over the past year, some officials and economic experts suggest that the figure is very likely to hit double digits in the coming months.