In other words, the question in the title is about the fact as to whether we only require that our security team supervise the peace of our home or we are resolved to assist others, where the security team decides it necessary? Are we with the team or is the team for us? Up to now, our resolution to act together is proved by our soldiers’ participation in international missions – only they save the state from complete shame, which says we are in a danger zone, but which has been begrudging the costs of increasing our own security for entire decades on end. If you want to get, you must know how to give.
In a surprising turnaround of previous policy, Russia’s Lukoil announced on May 16 that its oil will soon be delivered to Europe via the 1,093-mile-long, 1.2 million-barrel-per-day Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. The BTC pipeline transports oil from Azerbaijan’s offshore Caspian Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil field, via Baku’s Sangachal Terminal, across Georgia, to Turkey’s deep-water Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. A Lukoil representative said that the first tanker carrying oil from the company’s Yuri Korchagin offshore Caspian field had already been dispatched across the Caspian to Baku, where its oil will be entered into the BTC pipeline for delivery to Europe (Vestnik Kavkaza, May 16).
Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov attended the meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Non-NATO ISAF Contributing Nations at the level of Defense Ministers in Brussels.
Friday is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied army invasion of Normandy in northern France that turned the tide in World War II. Some 156,000 British, American, Canadian and other soldiers took part in the largest military operation in history. Among them was a squadron of 177 French soldiers. RFI’s Mike Woods met one of them.
In the wake of the Ukraine-crisis, Europe may face yet another cut-off of gas supplies from Russia. Gazprom still meets more than half of Ukraine’s gas demand and supplies close to a third of Europe’s imports, roughly half of which, 82 billion cubic meters (bcm), went through Ukraine in 2013. In March, Gazprom drastically increased prices for Ukraine and threatened to shut down supplies in case of non-payment in a letter addressed to 18 European leaders, while Ukraine is facing a serious liquidity crisis that cripples its ability to pay its gas bills.
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has said that Zagreb will apply to join the EU's passport-free Schengen zone on July 1 next year.
Turkish president Abdullah Gul met with his Turkmen and Kyrgyz counterparts at the Cankaya presidential palace in Ankara.
Prior to the 4th Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), President Abdullah Gül met with Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhamedov; Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in the county of Bodrum. He later hosted dinner in honor of his guests.
The former son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was arrested in Vienna late Thursday in connection with murder and kidnapping charges, AFP reports according to the APA press agency.
Another economic forum was held in the capital of Kazakhstan Astana. Last year this forum was attended by approximately thirteen thousand people of 160 countries of the world, including former and current Heads of the states, ministers, Nobel Prize winners, the Heads of the key international organizations, central banks, TNCs and big business-structures.
U.S. President Barack Obama assured Poland and its eastern European neighbors on Tuesday that the U.S. commitment to their security was sacrosanct at the start of a four-day trip meant to show U.S. resolve after the Russian intervention in Ukraine.
Russia, having turned for several past months into the outcast-state, in course of the visit of Vladimir Putin in China made a number of direct and quite important steps towards Beijing. And this happened right n the moment when China itself was in need of such support. As it found itself under growing pressure of the neighbor states and the USA because of territorial disputes within its southern and eastern marine borders. Tension both in the east and west of Eurasia force Moscow and Beijing not only to get closer but to act in cooperation to neutralize threats – military and foreign political threats.
The abdication of King Juan Carlos means Prince Felipe will take the throne. The monarchy hopes to recover the credibility it has lost in recent years, but the new king faces serious challenges in doing so.
Energy and geopolitics, which cannot be treated in isolation from one another, today dominate both Turkish and American strategic thinking more than any time in the history of their bilateral relations.
The Ukrainian conflict and Russia’s annexation of Crimea is ultimately not about energy, but about power. However the crisis encompasses major and often overlooked energy dimensions of Russia’s destabilisation strategy.