China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is seen as a unique chance to strengthen economic cooperation between Beijing and Europe and a way to spur trade and the economies of the countries involved. But some consider it a strategic and self-interested tool for China to extend its sphere of influence.
U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker does not see any great differences of views between Europe and European allies on the supply of lethal weapons from the United States to Ukraine.
Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser in Stockholm on Saturday attended the Baltic Day celebration dedicated to the 100th anniversaries of the Baltic countries and commended the local Estonians for preserving Estonianness, spokespeople at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said Azerbaijan can always rely on France`s support in addressing future challenges. In his letter of congratulation addressed to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the centenary o the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the French President said: “As Azerbaijan is celebrating the centenary of its independence, which was proclaimed in 1918 and restored in 1991, I know how difficult it is to build such a stable, modern and prosperous state.”
The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker arrived to Georgia today to participate in the celebrations of the centennial of country’s first Democratic Republic on May 26.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who is on a working visit to Sakartvelo, met with President Giorgi Margvelashvili.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Industry (DI) Minister Yaver Jamalov said, on April 27, that 89 percent of domestic DI output during the first quarter of 2018 was made up of special-purpose defense products, some of which are exported to more than ten countries. He added that this export volume has doubled compared to 2017 (Mdi.gov.az, April 27).
Despite being divided by Russia and Iran and deprived of its own statehood in the early 19th century, the Azerbaijanis in both north and south underwent the national awakening and fought for liberty in the beginning of the 20th century, this struggle peaking with the declaration of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on 28 May 1918.
Armenia’s new prime minister has so far taken a tough stance on the unresolved Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. The moribund Karabakh peace process needs shaking up—but not too much.
The President of the Republic met today in Kiev, within the framework of an official visit, with the Head of State of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. The main issues discussed at the meeting included co-operation between the two countries, the development of Ukraine and the progress of reforms, energy security in Europe, and the war in Eastern Ukraine and the situation in occupied Crimea.