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Turkmenistan prepares infrastructure to enter Europe’s gas market

The longest gas pipeline in Turkmenistan – East-West is expected to be put into operation by late 2015. Turkmengas State Concern is the general contractor. Turkmenistan’s leadership attaches great importance to this event. READ MORE

Fighting between Turkey and Kurds escalate amid NATO unease

By DESMOND BUTLER And JOHN-THOR DAHLBU

Fighting between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels escalated Tuesday amid signs of unease from NATO allies attending an emergency meeting about Turkey’s conflicts with the Islamic State group and the Kurds. READ MORE

Islam Karimov receives Commander of Central Command of US Armed Forces

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received commander of the U.S. Central Command Lloyd James Austin on July 27. READ MORE

Kazakhstan: 100 Steps Toward a New Nation

By Erlan Idrissov

Kazakhstan’s 100 Concrete Steps initiative was launched in the spring as a direct response to worsening regional and global conditions. Increased tensions between the major powers had led to tit-for-tat sanctions which had an impact far beyond the countries directly involved. Slowing growth across the world had seen the price of energy and raw materials fall. Europe, Kazakhstan’s biggest trading partner, remained in economic trouble, as has been underlined by the difficulties of putting in place a rescue package for Greece. READ MORE

Bad Romance

By Lilia Shevtsova

The Russia-China partnership poses more problems for Moscow than it does for the West. READ MORE

President Erdogan calls French, Qatari and Saudi leaders

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has informed French, Qatari and Saudi leaders about Turkey’s ongoing anti-terrorist operations. READ MORE

President Atambayev suggests Obama not aware of Askarov’s award by U.S. State Department, calls award “provocation”

Atambayev speaking The United States of America has made a wrong step regarding Azimzhan Askarov, President Almazbek Atambayev told reporters during a meeting in Cholpon-Ata on July 27. READ MORE

Kazakhstan completed process of WTO accession – N. Nazarbayev

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A ceremony of signing of the Protocol on Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO was held within the sitting of the General Council of the WTO. READ MORE

UK finance minister Osborne in Paris to push EU reform

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British finance minister George Osborne is in Paris to drum up support for a reformed European bloc amid reports London could hold its referendum on European Union membership next year. READ MORE

Siemoniak calls for NATO to have permanent bases in Poland

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Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has reiterated that Poland will push hard for a decision on strengthening NATO’s presence in Poland to be made at the alliance’s Warsaw summit in July 2016. READ MORE

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