Archive - Dec 2013


December 18th

PM: Estonia and Latvia will soon make a decision about the NPP construction in Lithuania

Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said that in two weeks’ time Estonia and Latvia will decide whether they are still interested in the nuclear power plant (NPP) project in Lithuania, writes www.delfi.lt with reference to the news agency BNS. READ MORE

December 16th


Over the 22 years of independence Kazakhstan established itself as a sovereign state that confidently became a part of the global community. It established equitable relations with many countries of the world. READ MORE

Azerbaijan After Vilnius Summit: More Questions than Answers

By Anar Valiyev

On November 29, Azerbaijan and the European Union signed a visa-facilitation agreement in Vilnius, Lithuania, within the framework of the Eastern Partnership summit. The agreement was signed by the foreign minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, by Linas Linkevicius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania in his capacity (July 1–December 31, 2013) as President of the Council of the European Union, and by Stefan Fule, the EU’s commissioner with responsibility for enlargement and the European Neighborhood Policy (Contact.az, November 29). The agreement will help Azerbaijani citizens to obtain an EU visa more easily and more cheaply.  READ MORE

Circle of despair: energy crisis in Kyrgyzstan


By Viktoriya Zhavoronkova

There is no place like home especially in winter, that is when you have a home with appropriate conveniences to return to. This unfortunately is a dream for many Kyrgyz people. READ MORE

December 13th

Global recession from West to East

By Pr.Kamran Dadkhah, Senior Economist

There seems to be pessimism in the air regarding the economic prospects of the West and by extension the world. In its recent report, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revised downward its estimates of growth for many countries. It lowered the overall growth rate forecast of the Euro Zone for 2013 and 2014 each by 0.5 per cent. For the entire OECD, the forecast has been lowered by 0.6 per cent for 2013 and 0.2 per cent for 2014. READ MORE

EU countries ask for help to escape from South Stream 'mess'


Six EU countries are in "a mess" over the bilateral deals they signed with Russia on the South Stream gas pipeline, with Bulgaria the most desperate to get EU help, European Commission officials told. READ MORE

Exclusive: Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Sanctions Would Kill Nuclear Deal

By Robin Wright

In a wide-ranging interview with TIME in Tehran , Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif spoke to writer and Iran expert Robin Wright about how the Geneva nuclear deal came together, how the government has to appeal to Iran’s own parliament not to undermine the interim pact, and how any new sanctions passed by the United  States Congress would kill the deal. READ MORE

Kazakh Kazakhmys sells energy assets to Samruk-Energo

By Elena Kosolapova

Kazakhstan's Metallurgical Corporation Kazakhmys has entered into an agreement to sell the group's remaining 50 percent interest in Ekibastuz LLP and 100 percent of the issued share capital of Kazhydro to Kazakh Samruk-Energo, the company reported on Dec. 9. READ MORE


By Thomas Jarvi

There is still no clarity on the construction of the new Visaginas nuclear power plant in Lithuania .. Position of the incumbent Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius and remains uncertain, despite all the statements about the strategic importance of this object. Lithuania until the end unable to agree with the other Baltic countries - Estonia and Latvia , about their participation in this project . READ MORE

December 11th

Nowak: 'We have a new East-West conflict'

An OSCE meeting took place in Kyiv as Ukrainians held pro-European protests. But, the group has lost its importance, says international law expert Manfred Nowak because the West and Russia are drifting apart. READ MORE