Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are best placed among CIS countries to navigate the challenging macroeconomic conditions caused by oil price fall and economic situation in Russia, says Moody's Investors Service in its annual CIS Sovereign Outlook, published May 14.
For years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has wielded Europe’s dependence on his country’s natural gas as a foreign-policy weapon, without fear of the European Union calling his bluff – until now. With the EU launching an antitrust case against the state-controlled gas conglomerate Gazprom, Europe has sent a clear signal that Putin’s brutishness is no longer as intimidating as it once was.
Borut Pahor Following his official visit to Austria, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived in Slovenia on May 13 where he met with the country's president to have bilateral talks and sign some deals.
All parties to commercial projects are first of all subject to litigation rules set up by the respective project contract, head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Malena Mard told
The importance of China to Russia, especially against the backdrop of sanctions, at times surpasses the importance of Russia for China
On May 10th President of Russia Vladimir Putin held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. German Chancellor as well as other European leaders refused to attend the parade held in Red Square, but considered important to maintain political contacts with Russia. Except for that Germany, being the aggressor country during the World War II, had to pass its compassion to the people of Russia.
Russia is making a concerted effort to increase its military and security presence throughout Central Asia, just not for the reasons it would have you think. Though the Kremlin is concerned with the threat of spillover violence from Islamist militancy in Afghanistan — its purported motive for deploying more troops — it is far more alarmed by what it sees as Chinese and Western encroachment into lands over which it has long held sway. It is this concern that will shape Moscow's behavior in Central Asia in the years to come.
The Vilnius Summit, dedicated to the Eastern Partnership, that took place in December 2013 would have given reason to celebrate 10th anniversary of the European Neighbourhood Policy accompanied by the presentation of achievements, such as the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, as well as by the introduction of optimistic plans for the future. The fiasco that happened in Vilnius and subsequent events in Ukraine were nevertheless merely (and hopefully) the symbolic final chord of the events of past five years that exemplified once again the malfunction of the existing principles of the European Neighbourhood Policy in practice both in Southern and Eastern Dimension and signalled the need for an immediate change.
The next 18-24 months are likely to decide the shape of Europe for decades to come, and the United Kingdom has now started the clock on that process. Reelected with a resounding – and entirely unexpected – majority in the House of Commons, Prime Minister David Cameron must now use his increased mandate to set out an EU reform package that is attractive to all member states.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged all sides in the Ukrainian conflict on Tuesday to prevent breaches of a cease-fire agreed to earlier this year in Minsk.
There is no point to expect the US to have very successful policy in Central Asia in the next ten years, Luca Anceschi, lecturer at the British University of Glasgow said .
China and Russia started on Monday a week-long naval exercise in the southern Russian port city of Novorossiysk.
Andrzej Duda, who according to Sunday’s exit poll won the first round of the presidential ballot, has said that he will take part in a debate with his opponent Bronisław Komorowski ahead of the second round of voting on 24 May
Tallinn once again hosted academics, political thinkers and politicians from all over the world, in the latest edition of the annual Lennart Meri Conference last weekend. The theme, “The Limits of Order,” stimulated some vibrant discussion across three days, while leaving open more questions than it answered.
A company for development of projects for the automation of work in industry, in particular in the oil and gas sector, has been created in Kazakhstan, the press service of the KazMunayGas Kazakh national oil and gas company said.