U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is in Afghanistan, just three days after international leaders agreed to support the war-torn country with about 12,000 NATO troops and funding for Afghan National Defense and Security Forces through 2020.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is standing by Ukraine in its struggle against Russia, but he won't be pinned down on whether it will continue supplying troops to train Ukraine's military.
Both Azerbaijan and Armenia are valuable partners, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general, tweeted July 11.
Ukraine won promises of continued support at a NATO summit on Saturday (9 July), but the prospect of Kyiv’s eventual membership of the US-led military alliance seemed as distant as ever, as the West seeks a tentative rapprochement with Russia.
Reports emerged in Moscow and Ankara, on June 24, that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wrote his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, a letter apparently apologizing for the loss of a Russian Su-24 bomber and the death of its pilot.
The challenges and implementation of the industrial Internet were the main topics of discussion June 28 during a conference at the Nazarbayev Centre. The conference, titled “At the crossroads – the role of digitalisation in the energy sector and its importance for the economic transformation of Kazakhstan”, allowed participants to learn about current trends in the development of digital technologies in the energy sector and consider the ways and possibilities of using renewable energy sources in the country.
With a steep dip in Latvia’s cargo volumes this year, Lars Pantzlaff, the managing director of ““Ventspils Nafta” Terminals” Ltd (VNT), one of the largest taxpayers in Ventspils and Latvia, warns that local authorities have to rethink policies towards the sector and VNT. “It is very unfortunate that for several years we have been experiencing a ban imposed by local authorities regarding the development of the terminal. And recently Ventspils Freeport Authority has been inexcusably slow or not-forthcoming in granting us needed approvals for the construction of a Vapour Recovery Unit, a condition set by Ventspils City Council to lift the ban, which, once implemented, will ensure stable, efficient, and environmentally-friendly operations and minimise the environmental footprint in the areas of emissions,” Pantzlaff, who is also a member of VNT Management Board, told The Baltic Times.
Iran needs to think hard about how the country wants to grow their hydrocarbon market share, and Brexit give the Islamic Republic a huge opportunity, Sam Barden, the director of SBI Markets, an international commodity trading and advisory company believes.
Extremely rapid developments have taken place in the last couple of days regarding Turkish-Russian relations. Letter diplomacy, which commenced on the 12th of June with the letters send by the Turkish President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Yıldırım to their Russian counterparts, was followed by a letter sent to President Putin by President Erdoğan on the 27th of June. This step seems to have paved the way for the process of overcoming the warplane crisis, which has dramatically affected bilateral relations over the past seven months.
Iran has filed a draft containing the entire negotiations with China and attended by other 5+1 members (the US, UK, France, Russia, and Germany) on redesigning the Arak reactor and has sent it to China for consideration, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrooz Kamalvandi said.