August 2014

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Habitual Challenges and New Opportunities

By Eugenia Kazakova

We met with Vitaly Vorobyov, SCO Advisor and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, to discuss the potential of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in resolving problems of regional security, its role in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of ISAF, the Silk Way project initiated by China, Russia's future SCO presidency and many other issues.


By Stefan Byrne

August 30, 1995 adopted the first Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In a short historical period, the country has gained a strong statehood and real independence. Today, the country's basic law is the guarantor of equal rights and opportunities for all people of Kazakhstan, taking into account the interests of the multinational people.

German Ambassador to Russian: Trust Lost between Berlin and Moscow

German Ambassador is 60 years old, he is married and has five children. Baron Rüdiger von Fritsch comes from an old aristocratic family. Has worked in diplomacy since 1984. In course of his career he was a Deputy Head of the FRG Intelligence Service (BND). The last post before appointment for Russia – German Ambassador to Poland. He is a football fan.

Lithuanian defence minister meets with NATO and UN representatives in Afghanistan

During his trip to Afghanistan, Lithuania's Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas on Thursday met with Ambassador Maurits Jochems, NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (USA), Commander ISAF, and Jan Kubis, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and the Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the Ministry of National Defence said.

Kazakhstan plans to increase grain exports to Russia amid sanctions

By Altynai Zhumzhumina

Kazakhstan intends to increase the its grain exports to Russia amid the sanctions that Russia imposed on some of the agricultural products imported from the western countries supporting sanctions against Russia, Tengrinews reports citing Chairman of the Committee for State Inspection in Agro-Industry (Agroprom) of the Agriculture Ministry of Kazakhstan Saktash Khasenov.