October 2016

Bringing Iranian gas to European market via Southern Gas Corridor: perspectives, limitations and implications

By Farid Osmanov

It has been pronounced on several occasions that Iran may join TANAP, a constituent part of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), scheduled to supply natural gas from Shah Deniz II to the European market starting from 2019. Rovnag Abdullayev, the president of State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), TANAP’s major stakeholder (58%), said that “after the decision on lifting sanctions over Iran, we are ready to consider offers for the sale of part of our shares in TANAP, if we get an advantageous offer”. Pak Ayeen, Ambassador of Iran to Azerbaijan also outlined Iran’s interest in joining TANAP. Turkey's former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said that "Turkey would not close its door to Iran if it wants to join TANAP".

NATO Deputy Secretary General discusses risk reduction and military transparency at OSCE conference

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow outlined key steps needed to strengthen the Euro-Atlantic security system in a speech at the OSCE Security Days conference in Vienna on Monday (3 October 2015). Participating in a panel discussion on ‘Preventing and Managing Close Military Encounters in Times of Crisis’, Ambassador Vershbow stressed the importance of modernising the Vienna Document on military transparency.

Bratislava welcomes the defence ministers of EU Member States for talks on joint steps in the field of defence policy

Slovak Minister for Defence Peter Gajdoš welcomed his counterparts, the defence ministers of the other EU Member States, to the capital. At the informal meeting of the EU defence ministers, led by the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, the ministers discussed the implementation of the Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) and strengthening co-operation with NATO. They also talked about the EU operations in the Sahel region and Libya with a view to resolving the root causes of illegal migration.