Turkmenistan did not ask NATO for military help, NATO Liaison Officer in Central Asia Alexander Vinnikov at the press conference on June in Bishkek.
Chatham House study calls for the West to increase the strength of its conventional military forces and start 'defending its principles'
Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis of the Union of Greens and Farmers party has been elected the new Latvian President.
British support for staying in the European Union has risen to 55 percent, up 9 percentage points from two years ago, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia have started joint military exercises dubbed the Caucasian Eagle (Kafkas Kartalı), said Turkey’s General Staff on its website
Latvia and Estonia intend to continue providing support to Ukraine, but they are not yet considering aid in the form of weapons or munitions, defence ministers of the two countries said at a meeting in Lithuania on Thursday.
Since the second half of the 18th century, when Catherine the Great realized that Russia would not be able to Christianize the Muslims in its conquered territories, the Russian government decided to give some autonomy to Muslims. In turn, the latter organized their lives according to sharia law. A hundred years after conquering the Caucasus in the 19th century, the Russian authorities had failed to Christianize the North Caucasian peoples and were forced to allow locals to use sharia law in some cases. Later, the Soviet authorities, who came to power in the North Caucasus in 1920 with promises not to touch the foundations of sharia in the lives of the Muslims of Russia, attempted to uproot sharia across the country using the most extreme measures. Sharia did not disappear, however, but persisted underground, governing the lives of Muslims in defiance of Soviet laws. Following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, sharia strengthened its appeal among the Muslims of Russia and became a subject of debate in society (Umma.ru, accessed May 29).
The majority of 30 Syrian opposition figures who met in Astana on May 25-27 issued a joint statement on May 28, in which they appealed for a continued search for political solutions to the lasting conflict in their country. They also thanked the Kazakh government for providing a favourable setting for the latest round of negotiations and expressed hope that the platform in Astana could develop into a permanent and effective mechanism in the process of elaborating a political solution for Syria.
An exclusive interview with the member of the Parliament, National Assembly of Armenia and Heritage Party Mr. Tevan Poghosyan
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Poland Janusz Piechocinski.
Germany and France have called for the EU to revise proposals for coping with a huge influx of migrants arriving by sea from Africa. The plan foresees the two nations taking in large numbers of them.
China has strongly rejected U.S. criticism of its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.
May 29 saw Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite meet with officials in the sixth Interparliamentary Assembly of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine. The meeting is intended to increase interparliamentary cooperation between the three countries.
One of the important events within the project on supply of Azerbaijani gas to Europe can take place in early June. Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova said that Bulgaria and Greece plan to sign the final investment decision on the construction of the IGB (Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria) on June 12.
Kazakhstan plans to introduce visa-free entry for citizens of 26 countries, media reports citing the Deputy Chairman of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Gulnar Kurbanbayeva.