Russian state-owned company Inter RAO UES, which is the proprietor of the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) Company, did not confirm the media news that it plans to sell its assets in Armenia.
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev announced that his country will extend and expand the trial visa-free regime announced last year and due to end this July. Now, citizens from 20 countries will not need visas for short trips to Kazakhstan, he announced at a Kazakh-Italian business forum in Milan on June 27. About 20 agreements for a total amount of $500 million were also signed at the forum.
In a meeting between U.S. Secretary of Defence, Ashton B. Carter, and Defence Ministers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in Tallinn, it was confirmed the first shipment of weapons, which will include tanks, infantry vehicles and artillery, will be stationed in the region from early 2016.
Greece is in urgent need of clear thinking. The only reason the country has not long since defaulted on its debts is that the European Central Bank continues to provide funds to the Greek central bank through its emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) scheme. The Greek central bank, in turn, lends money to the country’s commercial banks, which lend it to Greek citizens and foreign creditors. The problem is that both groups of borrowers have been transferring large sums of money to other countries.
Europe today is a continent of borders. The second-smallest continent in the world has more than 50 distinct, sovereign nation-states. Many of these are part of the European Union. At the core of the EU project is an effort to reduce the power and significance of these borders without actually abolishing them — in theory, an achievable goal. But history is not kind to theoretical solutions.
The European Central Bank (ECB), one of Greece's three international creditors along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Commission, was expected to hold talks on Sunday on whether to extend a crucial financial lifeline to Athens after a bailout package expires on June 30.
Defence Ministers on Wednesday (24 June 2015) took key decisions on strengthening the Alliance’s collective defence, including by increasing the strength and capability of the NATO Response Force. “We have just taken another step forward in adapting NATO to our changed and more challenging security environment,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, adding “we are clearly making a lot of progress”.
Speaking at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) foreign ministers’ meeting in Dushanbe on April 2, Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon stressed his readiness to strengthen strategic partnership with Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that Moscow would continue to bolster Tajikistan’s defense potential, both on a bilateral basis and via the CSTO. In years to come, Russia has pledged to provide Dushanbe with military-technical aid worth 70 billion rubles – a timely move due to the looming threat of Islamic State infiltration and snowballing instability in Afghanistan.
The recent summit has gone a long way to confirming the Russia-China rapprochement.
Command Sgt. Maj. Ronnie Kelley, the command sergeant major for U.S. Army Central, arrived in Kazakhstan at the official invitation of the Defense Ministry of the country. On the 12th of June 2015 hel traveled to Schuchinsk to participate in the NCO conference at the Kazakhstani Cadet Corps. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Kazakhstan organized a press conference with Command Sgt. Maj. Ronnie Kelley where he highlighted the cooperation between the armed forces of the U.S. and Kazakhstan, participation in the Steppe Eagle 2015 exercise and development of the NCO in Kazakhstan. Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation of the U.S. Embassy Justin Colbert was in attendance as well.
Growing confrontation between Russia and the West has led some experts to think that Moscow may become less interested in finding a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. According to them, resolving the nuclear issue no longer seems to be in Russia’s interests: a deal between Tehran and the West could entail easing sanctions against Iran and returning Western companies to the Iranian market. This would, in turn, create additional difficulties for Russian businesses in the Islamic Republic: in most areas, the Russians are ill-prepared to compete with European and U.S. companies.27 Further, some analysts have said that settling the nuclear issue would deprive the Kremlin of its status as a counterbalance to the United States and the EU in Iran. Consequently, authorities in the Islamic Republic would lose interest in political dialogue with Russia.
After years of focusing on the economic crisis, the European Union should become aware again that it also has other responsibilities, says former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in an interview with EurActiv Germany.
Britain and France insisted Monday, June 22 that any deal on Iran's contested nuclear programme must include a comprehensive verification regime to ensure Tehran sticks to its commitments, as the clock ticks down to an end-of-month deadline, AFP reports.
Arming Ukraine would only fan the flames of tension between the West and Russia, leading the United States into a conflict it doesn't, and shouldn't, want.
Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 11 June approved an agreement with Kazakhstan to stablished a Bank of low-enriched uranium, media reports citing press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.