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Kazakhstan, UN Sign Partnership Framework for Development

On July 22, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev and UN Resident Coordinator in the country Stephen Tull signed a Partnership Framework for Development for 2016-2020 (PFD), reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. READ MORE

Too early to focus on Iran-EU trade-related activities

Once implemented, the nuclear agreement with Iran can open the door to greater opportunities for increased and mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU, its member states and Iran, EU press service told . READ MORE

European Energy Security Should Remain a U.S. Priority

By Douglas Hengel

Why does the United States care so much about Europe’s energy security? This question comes up regularly on both sides of the Atlantic, at times with a feeling that U.S. policymakers worry more about energy security in Europe than even the Europeans do. The standard Washington response is that the United States and Europe share a mutual energy challenge. As NATO allies, energy security affects collective security; and a Europe that is not energy secure will be a weaker U.S. partner in addressing global challenges. Do these arguments hold water, however? READ MORE

All Alone: Russia near Europe

By Viktor Denisenko

In the current political discourse everything is measured in geopolitical victories. Such an approach also correlates with a mythologized concept of victory in the Great Patriotic War. Seven years ago Russia celebrated victory against Georgia, and later geopolitical victory against the Western world which swallowed in silence the fact that Russia ignored the Medvedev – Sarkozy plan and recognised the ”independence” of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. One year ago Moscow celebrated even more important victory – the occupation of Crimea. Later efforts have been made to promote the project ”Novorussia”, but the Kremlin didn’t manage to fully realise this idea. It seems that the period of Russia’s geopolitical victories has expired, and without new victories it will eventually experience the abstinence syndrome.

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Vytautas Leškevičius: Lithuania is an energy importing country

An exclusive interview with Permanent Representative of Lithuania on the North Atlantic Council Mr.Vytautas Leškevičius.  READ MORE

China navy ships to visit Poland

Vessels from the Chinese navy will dock in Polish ports for the first time as part of a Polish-Chinese agreement. READ MORE

Greek PM Defends Controversial ‘Plan B’ for Eurozone Exit

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday acknowledged his government had made covert contingency plans in case Greece was forced out of the euro, but rejected accusations he had plotted to take the country back to the drachma. READ MORE

Spotlight: “Belt and Road” initiatives energize China’s neighborhood diplomacy

The “Belt and Road” initiatives China has proposed to revive the ancient trade routes that span Asia, Africa and Europe have invigorated China’s neighborhood diplomacy, a key pillar of its diplomatic layout. READ MORE

Nuclear deal with Iran gives up hopes for Armenian transportation project

By Elmira Tariverdiyeva

A nuclear deal with Iran has become the beginning of many changes and not always positive for some regional countries. Armenia will certainly become one of the “victims”. The hopes for many joint projects with Iran, which the Islamic Republic was ready to finance, shattered. READ MORE

Turkish-Chinese trade to grow free from exchange rate pressure

By Mehmet Ali Berber

Erdoğan’s visit to China produced satisfactory results with the volume of Turkish-Chinese business activities projected to reach $100 billion. The usage of the two countries’ national currencies will be encouraged to avoid currency risk READ MORE

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