The 20th anniversary of foundation of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan (APK) is celebrated this year. Being established as a Presidential advisory and consultative body APK has turned today into a public instrument for maintaining of the bridge between different social institutions of the country.
Lithuania's Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis paid a visit to Riga to take part in a conference on the creation of the European Energy Union. Latvia is currently presiding over the Council of the European Union. The Lithuanian energy minister says such union might contribute to dealing with issues which are given insufficient attention on the current EU agenda and which lack European-level support.
The issues of bilateral relations of the USA and Tajikistan were discussed in course of the visit of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State Daniel Rosenblum and his colleague Steven Feldsteinи, a specialist on Democracy, human rights and international religious freedom with the representatives of Tajikistani Government and civil society.
Leaders of the Ukraine contact group have announced a ceasefire between rebels and the government in Kyiv. Meanwhile, around 50 tanks entered Ukraine from Russia while the talks were going on, Ukraine's army said.
Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna was in Budapest for a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó and PM Viktor Orbán, Wednesday.
Russia's Gazprom announced that it would cut the volume of Turkmen gas purchases from ten to four billion cubic meters in 2015. Gazprom said that the company's own resources are capable of providing not only the needs of the market in any region of the country, but also European consumers, and in the future Asian ones as well.
The idea of restoring customs posts between Kazakhstan and Russia is not unfounded, Kazakh political scientist, head of the Risk Assessment Group Dosym Satpayev said.
When the West intervened in Libya, it later turned into chaos. When the West did not intervene in Syria, it turned into chaos as well. Therefore, it is hard to draw a definitive conclusion whether it is good or bad to intervene, Justin Vaïsse, director of the Policy Planning staff of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Two large investment projects in the field of gas chemistry with foreign direct investments and loans are being implemented in Uzbekistan this year.
On February 2nd the meeting of Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and China took place in Beijing. The parties devoted the meeting to discuss the situation within international arena, evaluation of foreign interference into domestic processes in independent states, as well as touched upon the issues of development of a new international transit project – “Great Silk Road”.