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April 2010

The most important task for NATO is to remain the guarantor of security for its members

Wednesday, April 28, Brussels - The most important task for NATO is to remain the guarantor of security for its members, President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined during her visit at NATO Headquarters. READ MORE

The Core Of Kazakhstan’s Cooperation With The EU Is Energy

The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Karim Massimov, talks to New Europe. READ MORE

Moldova Deputy PM: Transnistria Is A European Problem

By Georgi Gotev

With the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union has more capacity and more powerful tools to establish more of a presence and play a more effective role in resolving Transnistria's frozen conflict, Victor Osipov, deputy prime minister of Moldova, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. READ MORE

Gazprom, Uzbekneftegaz chiefs hold meeting in Moscow

The Gazprom headquarters hosted a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee and Ulugbek Nazarov, Chairman of the Uzbekneftegaz national holding company’s Management Committee. READ MORE

European commissioner: Process of signing Association Agreements with the South Caucasus countries advances

The negotiating directives for Association Agreements with the South Caucasus countries will be presented for formal adoption at the Foreign Affairs Council on May 10, said Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy. READ MORE

Norway, Russia agree on new Barents Sea border

In a surprise move, Norway and Russia agreed Tuesday to evenly divide a long-disputed area in the Barents Sea, a promising oil and gas region in the Arctic made more accessible by global warming. READ MORE

Ukrainian parliament fights over ratification of Russian deal

Ukrainian lawmakers got rough, threw eggs and smoke bombs, but still voted in favor of deal with Russia ensuring cheaper natural gas for Ukraine in exchange for the lease of a key naval base to Moscow. READ MORE

Expert: 'Clans' In Kyrgyzstan Need To Agree Upon Structure Of New Government

To stabilize the political situation in Kyrgyzstan,it is necessary to gather representatives of all "clans" and agree upon the structure of the new government in the country, said an American expert on Central Asia Bruce Pannier. READ MORE

AGRI: First Ever LNG Project In The Black Sea

By Vladimir Socor

Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Romanian are jointly launching a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, designated as the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector (AGRI). The three governments regard their project as an element in the EU-planned Southern Corridor for Caspian gas to Europe. READ MORE

Austria And Russia Sign South Stream Pipeline Agreement

Austria has signed up to build part of Russia's South Stream gas pipeline, while keeping a hand in the competing European pipeline Nabucco. READ MORE

Georgia is on the Edge of Changes?

By Bogdan Serpich

Many observers declare that almost two years after the August war in Russia, Georgia appeared to be outside of the list of major issues among western politicians, as well as in Russia and world Mass Media. The one of reasons for that is the sound cooling of attitude of western leaders towards the personality of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili who remained without urgent support of the resigned colleagues from the USA, Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania. During the last Munich International Conference on Security Georgian President seemed to be lonely. READ MORE

Russia Not to Review Gas Contracts with Belarus, Shmatko

Gas agreements between Russia and Ukraine will not be the reason for reviewing similar contracts with Russia's partners, including Belarus and other CIS countries. This statement was made on April 22 by the head of Russian Ministry of Energy, Sergei Shmatko. "Our negotiations with Ukraine are completed successfully and I don't think they will cause the review of relations with other partners", Russian minister said. READ MORE

Key direction in Kazakhstan's foreign policy - development of relations with EU

By Dimash Syzdykov

Key direction in Kazakhstan's foreign policy is the development of relations with the European Union. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Belgium and Luxembourg, Head of Kazakhstan's Mission to the EU and NATO Yerik Utembayev told about the status and prospects of development of Kazakh-EU. READ MORE

NATO Must Guarantee The Deterrent And Security Of Its Member Countries, Lithuania’s Minister Of Foreign Affairs Says

On 22-23 April at the informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Tallinn, NATO’s new Strategic Concept that should be agreed on in November during the Lisbon Summit was discussed. READ MORE

Bakiev Says He Doesn't Intend To Return To Kyrgyzstan As President

By Farangis Najibullah

Former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said the resignation he signed had not come into force because the interim authorities reneged on a promise to protect his relatives. READ MORE

Russia Grants Ukraine Gas Discount In Return For Fleet Lease Extension

Ukraine has agreed to a lengthy extension for the Russian Black Sea Fleet's base in Crimea in exchange for a major discount on Kyiv's imports of Russian gas. READ MORE

''On Alliance Solidarity in the 21st Century''

Speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen - Tallinn, Estonia READ MORE

NATO and Russia edge warily toward a joint missile defense shield

By Ben Knight

NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen has appealed for a joint missile defense shield with Russia to cover Europe and offer protection from a possible terror attack. But analysts are still cautious about its prospects. READ MORE

Clear Skies For NATO Meeting, Though Trouble Brews Over Russia, Afghanistan

By Ahto Lobjakas

NATO foreign ministers are breathing a collective sigh of relief as skies in Europe clear from volcanic ash and their April 22-23 meeting in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, can now officially go ahead. READ MORE

Georgian President On U.S. Aid, Nuclear Summit

Mikhail Saakashvili, the president of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, is in Washington this week for the Nuclear Security Summit. After Georgia's 2008 war with Russia, the U.S. pledged a billion dollars in humanitarian aid to Georgia, which has sent troops both to Afghanistan and Iraq. Robert Siegel talks to Saakashvili about the nuclear summit, and about U.S. aid to his country. READ MORE

Lithuanian And Norwegian Foreign Ministers Discussed Bilateral And Regional Cooperation At A Teleconference

Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre, who could not come to Lithuania due to the cancelled flights in Europe, discussed issues of bilateral relations, cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, economy and international security during a teleconference that was held on 19 April. READ MORE

Turkey cool to Armenia's decision to halt ratification of protocols

By Serkan Demirtaş, Vercihan Ziflioğlu

Yerevan’s call to halt ratification of an accord on normalizing ties has Turkey evaluating the possible legal and political repercussions, and prompted the country’s leader to reiterate his commitment to the normalization process. READ MORE

Is A U.S. Strategy For Central Asia Emerging?

By Stephen Blank

The U.S. has started to formulate and implement more comprehensive policies for Central Asia. The deepening involvement in the war in Afghanistan is the principal, but not sole cause for this policy initiative. Russia’s attempts to impose its hegemony upon Central Asia and oblige the U.S. to recognize it have triggered a reaction in Washington. Likewise, China’s completion of the pipeline to Turkmenistan and major investment projects in Central Asia forced the U.S. to devise new ways to enhance its energy and economic profile there as well. As a result, in early 2010, we now see the elements of a new and stronger policy initiative towards Central Asia. READ MORE

Ukraine's Energy Reform Opportunity

By Alexandros Petersen and Tamerlan Vahabov

The 2010 Ukrainian elections have been consigned to history books.  The election season and the winter passed without a major Ukrainian natural gas crisis, and a major gas cutoff, such as occurred in 2009, was avoided.  However, the ingredients for future crises remain. Energy reforms, in particular those in line with European Union recommendations, have yet to be enacted. READ MORE

New Turkish Cypriot President Poses 'Serious Problems' For Reunification

Turkish Cypriots elected a hardliner for president on Sunday, in a result that could have a major impact on efforts towards reuniting the island and on Turkey's bid to join the European Union. READ MORE

Visits EU Commissioner for Energy

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received the delegation headed by EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger. READ MORE

Elections shake up Hungary's political landscape

Twenty years after the transition to post-communist rule, Hungarian voters at the 11th of April radically changed the country's political landscape, sending the ruling socialists into opposition and laying the ground for the centre-right to win an absolute majority in parliament in the second round of national elections. READ MORE

President Medvedev Rocks at Brookings

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev spoke to a capacity crowd at Brookings on April 13, addressing U.S.-Russian relations and Moscow’s perspective on a host of international questions. The style of his presentation was as interesting as the points he made. READ MORE

Russia’s Role in Kyrgyzstan Change

By Erica Marat

Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, was the first foreign political official to recognize the legitimacy of Kyrgyzstan’s provisional government. In stark contrast to the US State Department’s awkward statements about Washington’s intention to continue to cooperate with the Kurmanbek Bakiyev government that has not yet resigned, Putin scored credit among most Kyrgyz who were shocked by the recent violence in Bishkek. Putin’s recognition provided crucial support for the bravery and efforts of all those who stood against Bakiyev’s regime and dared to challenge the armed police. READ MORE

Obama's nuclear summit: A minor success

By Andrei Fedyashin

The international nuclear community seems to need something like a miracle to get serious about developing new standards to ensure compliance with international nuclear obligations. Further proof of this fact was provided by Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington on April 12-13. READ MORE

Katyn Tragedy

By Vasil Shparluk

Russia and Poland have to build their futures together READ MORE

Russia in Europe and the West

Russia's ratification of European Court of Human Rights reform and debates about its strategic security relationship with NATO suggest that there could be a new turn in Moscow's relations with Europe and the transatlantic community, writes Michael Emerson, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). READ MORE

Nursultan Nazarbayev highly assessed the results of the talks in the USA

The President’s visit was a success in two directions. First of all, a new page in the history of Kazakh-US partnership was opened and the sides achieved progress in terms of global non-proliferation process where Kazakhstan is an active participant. Today the front pages of all American newspapers published articles about the first global summit on nuclear safety. Much attention has been paid to Kazakhstan. Our republic is an example because of renunciation of nuclear weapons and the closure of the Semipalatinsk test site. American society h supports new initiative of Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed at great talks. READ MORE

Saakashvili meets Biden

By Salome Modebadze

President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili met US Vice President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington on April 14. According to information released by the Press Service of the White House and the US Embassy in Tbilisi the two sides discussed the deep friendly relations between the two nations, which are based on the principles of democracy, freedom and human rights. READ MORE

Nursultan Nazarbayev Suggested the World Community to Design and Adopt a Comprehensive Declaration of Nuclear-Free World

The address of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A.Nazarbayev during a morning session of the Nuclear Security Summit on the subject “National Measures to Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism and Assurance of Nuclear Material Safety” READ MORE

Digest Of Medvedev's Quotes At Brookings Institute In Washington, D.C.

After the end of the April 12-13 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the Brookings Institute, a leading U.S. think tank. READ MORE

Stopping Prohibited. More Challenges Are Still To Come

Who are new leaders of post-revolutionary Kyrgyzstan? Who will take over key position in the government? Who is going to manage the marginalized population? Are the power transfer procedures going to be legitimate? Who will represent the republic in the international community? Today, everyone is concerned with these questions. We are not giving certain answers. Our Bishkek-based correspondent provided the portrait sketch of new government and general situation in Kyrgyzstan.  READ MORE

Military Dimension Of Energy Security

By Dr. Arūnas Molis

The stage of discussions among the experts preparing proposals for the NATO strategic concept has come to an end; the stage of consultations in the capitals of the Alliance states has commenced. Afterward they will have to identify the most relevant future threats, NATO‘s tasks in combating these threats and the ways for increasing the Alliance’s effectiveness etc. The decisions made will also affect the development of our national security system; therefore the ongoing discussions are instrumental for Lithuania. READ MORE

Azerbaijan, Romania And Georgia Signed Memorandum On Gas Supplies

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania signed a memorandum on cooperation in gas sphere in Bucharest, SOCAR Representation in Romania said . READ MORE

Füle: "I'm Enjoying Every Minute Of My Work As Commissioner"

By Georgi Gotev

By the end of his term in 2014, Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle hopes to have achieved enough to end talk of "enlargement fatigue" and help EU citizens to see more clearly the benefits of an enlarged Europe. READ MORE

Uzbek Reactions to Holbrooke Visit and US Regional Interests

By Roger Kangas, Brianne Todd

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, visited Uzbekistan as part of a tour of several Central Asian states during February 17-21. At that time, Holbrooke held talks with Uzbek President, Islam Karimov, regarding the US-led offensive in Afghanistan and related international efforts to promote regional security. READ MORE

"Sages" on NATO Service

By George Garani

NATO New Strategic Concept should reply on a number of fundamental questions and global challenges. There are a few key directions which include stabilization of Afghanistan, involvement of Russia into mutually beneficial and mutually binding relations with Europe and extended North-Atlantic community, development of cooperation with non-governmental institutions, international organizations, cyber-threats struggling. READ MORE

US Lauds Ukraine's Intentions To Give Up Nuclear Stockpiles

On the first day of the nuclear summit in Washington, Ukraine announced plans to give up its highly-enriched uranium. US President Barack Obama praised the decision as the White House works toward non-proliferation. READ MORE

Forthcoming Nato Foreign Ministers Meeting Was Discussed In Riga

On 9 April in Riga, foreign ministers of the Baltic States discussed preparations for the informal meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on 22-23 April in Tallinn and exchanged opinions regarding NATO’s new Strategic Concept. READ MORE

Russian Mass Media Attack Bakiyev

In the past two weeks, the Russian media has fiercely criticized the Kyrgyz President, Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s, regime. Newspapers and TV programs have sought to reveal the president’s corruption and nepotism, with some newspapers alleging the regime’s involvement in the killing of journalist Gennady Pavluk last December. The role of the president’s son, Maksim, in corruption was also scrutinized. READ MORE

Poland in shock over President Kaczynski’s death

By Rafael Kiepuszewski

Poles were left in shock and grief Saturday after President Lech Kaczynski's death in a plane crash that killed at least 95 people, including dozens of high-ranking Polish politicians and officials. READ MORE

Bakiyev: Falling into the same trap

By Dmitry Babich

The rapid downfall of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev came as a surprise for political analysts. Only four days previously he met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Bishkek. Not a single analytical centre in Russia or the West predicted such a rapid turn of events. READ MORE

Deputy Minister: Ukrainians Treated By EU Consulates As In Communist Russia

By Michael Kaczmarek

Ukrainian citizens face a "Visa Berlin Wall" when trying to enter the EU and the visa requirement procedures of European consulates are similar to those in communist Russia, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kostyantyn Yeliseyev told in an interview. READ MORE

Nuclear posturing, Obama-style

By Charles Krauthammer

Nuclear doctrine consists of thinking the unthinkable. It involves making threats and promising retaliation that is cruel and destructive beyond imagining. But it has its purpose: to prevent war in the first place. READ MORE

Yanukovych to ask gas question in Kazakhstan

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is heading to Kazakhstan to discuss possible gas supplies to Ukraine with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev. READ MORE

Debate continues as work begins on Baltic Sea pipeline

By John Blau

Construction of Europe's largest-ever energy project, the Nord Stream gas pipeline, has started after years of intensive wrangling. But questions remain. Chief among them: Is the trans-Baltic pipeline really necessary? READ MORE

Obama’s Nuclear Strategy Intended As A Message

By David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker

At the heart of President Obama’s new nuclear strategy lies a central gamble: that an aging, oversize, increasingly outmoded nuclear arsenal can be turned to the new purpose of adding leverage to the faltering effort to force Iran and North Korea to rethink the value of their nuclear programs. READ MORE

Lithuania And Poland Will Engage Actively As Strategic Partners In Shaping Common EU Energy Policy

The Presidents of Lithuania and Poland have agreed that both countries will engage more actively in shaping the common energy policy of the European Union, particularly in developing such projects of importance to both countries as electricity and gas connections. READ MORE

Ambassador: Eastern Europe Asks For Fair Representation In EEAS

By Georgi Gotev

Prime ministers from the Visegrad group (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary) have adopted a common paper calling for fair representation of the new member states in the European External Action Service (EEAS) architecture, Ambassador Ivan Korčok, permanent representative of Slovakia to the EU. READ MORE

Two Formats of Partnership

By Gabor Stier

The Summit of the Visegrad Group, held in Budapest, with the participation of all engaged members with the EU program “Eastern Partnership” gave a good ground to compare the two formats of cooperation and the analysis of some results of European initiative development. READ MORE

Global World and Nuclear Security

By Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Just in a month we will celebrate the anniversary of the Second World War ending. There are millions of people in the world, who participated in the battles of the middle of previous century. But the difference between the history and modernity, as a former US Vice-President Walter Mondale noted wittily, is that “there will be no veterans of the third world war”. READ MORE

Ukraine scraps NATO accession plans

By Andreas Illmer

The Ukrainian president has dissolved the commission which was to work towards NATO membership. It's the latest move to abandon the pro-western stance of the 'Orange Revolution' and re-establish ties with Russia. READ MORE

Is Russia finally ditching its revisionist history on Katyn?

By Anne Applebaum

In this era of commerce and trade, it often happens that countries that might once have gone to war play out their antagonisms through other means. The immigration debate plays this role in Mexican American relations. For a time, the trade dispute over soft wood lumber (yes, really) fulfilled this function in Canadian American relations: At stake were different attitudes toward the role of government in industry, Canada's sensitivity to American economic power and many other issues, though you wouldn't know it if you weren't paying attention. READ MORE

Minsk – Vilnius: Thaw Time

By Alexander Tikhomirov

Extension of contacts between official bodies in Minsk and Vilnius creates favorable conditions for the development of Belarusian-Lithuanian cooperation. But disagreements on a number of political issues still exist. READ MORE

Azerbaijan Arranges “Zurich-2” – Operation

Turkish State Minister Ali Babacan made an intriguing declaration in Brussels: "I was one of the authors of Zurich protocols signed with Armenia and there we reached a clear agreement that the Parties will discuss within historic committees the issues over the events of 1915. And we were ready to any results of these commissions activity". By this Babajan underlined, that Azerbaijan and other states were informed in details about Armenian-Turkish negotiations in Zurich: "I’ll say more, after we agreed with Armenia in Munich to sign protocols, I went not to Ankara, but to Baku, where I specified the position of Turkey on these issues to the President Ilham Aliyev". READ MORE