Kazakhstan was admitted to membership in the United Nations (UN) on March 2, 1992. On the eve of the 24th anniversary of such an important event in the country’s international recognition, The Astana Times asked Professor Akmaral Arystanbekova to share her thoughts on the significance of the date. Arystanbekova, Ambassador-at-Large of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was the nation’s first permanent representative to the UN from 1992-1999. She also served as the Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs (1989-1991), Ambassador to France (1999-2003) and permanent representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (1999-2001).
In late 2015, a team of French senators issued an extensive report titled "Relations with Russia: Searching for a Way out of the Political Deadlock" (Les relations avec la Russie : comment sortir de l'impasse?) based on the outcomes of discussions with participation from French and Russian diplomats, politicians, experts and civil society leaders. The paper not only outlines the key shifts in Russia-France relations in the wake of the Ukraine crisis but undeniably goes beyond the boundaries of the current situation. On the one hand, the authors uncover the deep-rooted causes of the drastic deterioration in the dialogue between Russia and the West, while on the other they suggest solutions for handling the most complicated issues and defining the basic principles to be employed by the West for interacting with Moscow.
The European Union should not pay billions of euros to Turkey for slowing down the migrant wave on its territory, Czech President Milos Zeman said on Prima television today, adding that this is a waste of money and that migration is a large-scale inclusion.
The U.N. refugee agency reports that the refugee situation in Greece is rapidly deteriorating, with about 30,000 people living under miserable conditions, but it's proposing a plan to help resolve the crisis.
China will raise its defence spending by seven to eight percent this year, a top official said Friday, a smaller increase than the double-digit rises of the past as Beijing seeks a more efficient military.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) should act in “a spirit of a common political project” and seek understanding, rather than create divisions, Speaker of Kazakhstan’s Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told parliamentarians from 57 participating states.21007
The EU has a clear interest to work with Azerbaijan on energy, regional security, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said in an exclusive interview with Trend.
European Union leaders hoped early Tuesday they reached the outlines for a possible deal with Ankara to return thousands of refugees to Turkey and said they were confident a full agreement could be reached at a summit next week.
Warsaw readies itself for a critical assessment of the state of the country’s democracy.
The government of Germany and the European Union plans to support Ukraine in creating the Energy Efficiency Fund. In particular, Germany intends to allocate 25 million euros for this purpose.