TAPI project: Active talks underway to bring in more investors

The TAPI Pipeline Company Limited, created to construct the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, continues active negotiations with all the parties wishing to join the project. READ MORE

China's solar power capacity more than doubles in 2016

China's installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world's biggest producer of solar energy by capacity, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said . READ MORE

Why Trump Cannot Ignore Ukraine


US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s telephone conversation on January 28 occurred amid widespread speculation that Trump would lift sanctions on Russia. While no such announcements were even hinted at, the contours of the emerging US-Russia dialogue will have momentous consequences for European security and for Ukraine. READ MORE

European Parliament approves visa freedom with Georgia

The European Parliament on Thursday decided to lift the visa regime with Georgia, which means that Georgian citizens will be able to enter the Schengen area without a visa for short stays. READ MORE

Gas or power export profitable for Iran?

By Dalga Khatinoglu

While Iran’s energy minister says the drop in gas export price is 1.5 times more than the decline in power export price, Oil Ministry claims that electricity exports for Iran are totally unprofitable. READ MORE

Aris Jansons: Riga continued to profile itself as the EU’s expert on Central Asia

An exclusive interview of the Senior editor of Pirmais Biznesa radio (First Business Radio) in Riga, Latvia  Aris Jansons READ MORE

High level EU visit to Azerbaijan

On 30 January 2017 Christian Danielsson, Director General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations in the European Commission and Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the European External Action Service visited Azerbaijan to discuss EU-Azerbaijan relations with key interlocutors, including President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Education and representatives of business and civil society. READ MORE

Opinion: Putin and Orban, or the return of political pragmatism

By Keno Verseck

It wasn't the first meeting between the two controversial politicians. When, however, Russia's Putin and Hungary's Orban contact each other in the midst of the EU crisis, it's time for 'Realpolitik'. READ MORE

Baku consents to meeting of Azerbaijani, Russian, Armenian FMs

By Seba Aghayeva

Moscow is trying to arrange a meeting of the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian foreign ministers and Baku has given its consent to this meeting, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. READ MORE

Iran confirms ballistic missile test

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan confirmed that Iran has recently carried out a ballistic missile test. READ MORE

February 2017