Russia’s Gazprom canceled a discount on gas for the Turkish private sector.
The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is not about opening up European markets, but about making others' less closed for the sake of reciprocity, said MEP Viviane Reding, before the European Parliament is due to vote on a number of recommendations.
Romania’s Embassy in Baku hosted Jan. 27 a roundtable meeting titled “Current Situation and Perspectives of NATO-Azerbaijan Cooperation”.
Kazakhstan increased uranium production up to 23.8 million tons in 2015, Kazakhstan's national atomic company Kazatomprom said
In the two decades following the end of the Cold War the notion of a Greater Europe, an integrated space stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok, attracted a great deal of support. You only need read Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 2010 commentary in Seuddeutsche Zeitung to understand just how powerful this idea once was. Today however the long-standing supporters of a cooperative and integrated continent, like former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, are coming to terms with the “Sunset of Greater Europe”. Some political circles in Moscow have their sights set instead on a “Greater Asia”, from St Petersburg to Shanghai. Massive deals with China, like an estimated $2 billion to supply Beijing with advanced SU-35 fighter jets, are illustrative of this broader shift in Russia’s outlook, away from Europe and towards Asia.
Given that Russia - the main supplier of natural gas to Turkey, and Turkey - the second largest supplier of client "Gazprom", it is difficult to imagine that the supply of natural gas is completely stopped due to geopolitical tensions between the two countries. Nevertheless, we should not rule out a temporary reduction in supply from Russia under some technical pretext in winter as political blackmail.
One of the largest banks in the country - "Kazkommertsbank" filed a lawsuit against the portal "Respublika" and "NAKANUNE.kz", accusing the editors and individual journalists in the dissemination of false information about the Bank and the damage to its business reputation. These media have published a series of articles accusing the bank, among other things, the "raider seizure" of property disgraced oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov. The latter is currently being held in prison in France awaiting extradition to Russia. He is accused of financial fraud of more than 6 billion. Dollars three countries: Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. And the journalists confirmed that "just work for the money" despite the fact that violated the law.
After the downing of a Russian Su-24M bomber by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet, Turkey’s energy policies have been brought to the table once again with the most crucial issue coming to the agenda being how to balance Turkey’s energy dependency on Russia. According to 2014 statistics, Russian gas accounts for 54.7 per cent of Turkey’s overall gas imports. Additionally, considering that Turkey commissioned the Russian company Rosatom with the construction of its first nuclear energy power plant, Turkey’s energy dependency on Russia could became more complex. Currently, however, the more immediate focus centers on the increasing risks entailed by Turkey’s dependency on Russian natural gas.
Prominent British journalist Edward Lucas believes Lithuania is “right” to persevere with its anti-Kremlin stance, despite other EU member states showing signs of defrosting their relations with Russia after President Vladimir Putin’s military incursion into Syria.
In June 2016 the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) elections for the five non-permanent members are going to be held at the 70 session of the UN General Assembly. One seat allocated for the Asia-Pacific group is contested between Kazakhstan and Thailand. In 2010 Kazakhstan expressed its interest to bid for non-permanent member seat at the UNSC which was one step forward to its six-year foreign policy agenda 2014-2020. The purpose of this bid is to go in the third circle of influence and widening its more active role at the international stage playing role on the issues of peace keeping, energy, environment, economy, food, poverty, terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation.