Negotiations

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Israel is ready to ease Gaza blockade

Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to make concessions to theblockade of the Gaza Strip. According to Israel's 'Channel-2',Tel-Aviv is ready to allow international inspectors into Gaza to checkhumanitarian ships, Netanyahu told the Middle East peace envoy TonyBlair.

Head of Kurdish regions of Iran arrives in Ankara

The head of northern Iraq's regional Kurdish administration hasarrived in Turkey at the invitation of Turkish Foreign Minister AhmedDavutoglu, 6news reports.Masud Barzani said that he supported Turkey's policies. He also metwith Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss terrorism. Barzaniexpressed a readiness to assist Turkey in the fight against terrorism.He also expressed his condolences over the terrorist attack on thenaval base of Iskenderun.

New sanctions against Iran may be approved next week - White House

The US hopes that the UN Security Council will consider and approvenew sanctions against Iran nest week, the official spokesman of theWhite House Robert Gibbs said, RIA Novosti reports.The situation around Iran complicated after Iranian President MahmoudAhmadinejad declared on February 11th that Tehran had produced itsfirst batch of 20% enriched uranium and had the potential to producemore higher enriched uranium. He also denied accusations of nucleararms development.

Presidents of Azerbaijan and Belarus have extended talks

The president of Azerbaijan, Ilkham Aliyev, and Belarusian leaderAlexander Lukashenko have had extended talks. According to AzerTag,Aliyev expressed confidence that the visit of the Belarus delegationwould actively develop relations between the two countries, includingcooperation in the spheres of energy, agriculture, construction,tourism, and high technology.

Presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan sign joint declaration

The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the leader ofAzerbaijan, Ilkham Aliyev, signed a joint declaration on jointinvestments as one of the main factors of their economic partnershipafter talks. The presidents agreed to invest in energy, trade, heavyindustry, engineering, transport, communications and other spheres ofmutual interest, APA reports.

Russian and Azerbaijani speakers of parliament see no unresolved problems between the two countries

Russian and Azerbaijani speakers of parliament see no unresolved problems between the two countries

Russia and Azerbaijan are strategic partners that have no unresolved problems, the chairman of Russian Federation Council Sergey Mironov and Azerbaijani Parliament chairman Oktay Asadov said at a meeting today, ITAR-TASS reports.Approximately 500 enterprises with Russian capital are operating in Azerbaijan, Asadov noted. He added that the republic has contacts with 30 Russian regions.

Turkish government approves declaration concerning Israel

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey accepted a declarationconcerning the attack on a Turkish humanitarian cargo ship heading toGaza by Israeli naval forces. The declaration involves the creation ofa commission to investigate human rights violation during the attack.The commission members will visit Israel, Vesti.az reports.

Putin to visit Turkey on June 8th

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Russian Premier VladimirPutin to participate in the Third Summit of the Council on cooperationand trust with Asia in Istanbul on June 8th, Interfax reports, citingthe press-service of the Russian government.Putin accepted the invitation. Putin and Erdogan discussed topicalissues of trade-economic ties and the situation in the region in atelephone conversation.

Russian president to visit Armenia in August

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Armenia in August 2010. According to ArmInfo, it was agreed within the framework of a meeting in Rostov-on-Don.The presidents of Armenia and Russia Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitry Medvedev discussed a wide range of issues concerning Armenian-Russian strategic partnership, economic cooperation and activization of contacts in the humanitarian sphere. Medvedev spoke to Sargsyan about his meeting with European partners on normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations.

EU to start negotiations with South Caucasian countries

Negotiations between the European Union and the countries of the South Caucasus on an association agreement between the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia will start in July, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Karine Kazinyan said, Armenia Today reports.She recalled that the mandate for negotiations was approved on May 12th by the council of foreign ministers from 27 countries. The negotiations will involve a wide range of issues, mainly political, economic reforms, justice, and human rights.

Azerbaijan does not agree to US military bases

Azerbaijan does not agree to US military bases

According to The New York Times, a document involving a plan to createsecret military bases in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan has beensigned in the USA. The newspaper also says that the White Housestarted an untraditional war last summer, involving secret militaryactions and gathering of information throughout the world.US officials refuse to comment on the issue. Experts believe that Bakuand Tbilisi have allowed the USA to use their territory for a strikeon Iran.

Azerbaijan and Belarus to discuss cooperation prospects

The sixth session of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation Azerbaijan-Belarus will take place in Baku tomorrow, the Belarus ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolay Patskevich said, 1new.az reports.The delegation will be headed by the Belarus Vice-Premier Andrey Kobyakov. The ministers of industry, agriculture, communication and other spheres will participate in the commission.

Armenia develops relations with Canada

Armenia will take steps in strengthening ties with Canada, ArmenianForeign Minister Edward Nalbandian said on an official visit toOttawa, News Armenia reports, citing the press-service of the ArmenianForeign Ministry.

Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria sign agreement on trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation.

The presidents of Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria signed an agreement in Magas on trade-economic, scientific-technical, social and cultural cooperation between the two countries. The document involves cooperation, experience exchange, help in various economic, social and cultural spheres, ITAR-TASS reports.Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov recalled that the Ingush people shared years of exile in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. He added that it is not just an agreement, but an act of mutual aid.

Moscow will continue Iranian nuclear program settlement process

The Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, confirmed Moscow's readiness to help find the quickest solution to the Iranian nuclear issue in a telephone conversation with the Secretary of the Iranian Supreme Council on National Security, Said Jalili, Interfax reports, citing the press-service of the Russian Security Council.

Ilkham Aliyev considers Nagorno-Karabakh settlement priority policy

The settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will remain a priority policy of Azerbaijan, Ilkham Aliyev said at an official meeting in Baku on Thursday, dedicated to the Day of the Republic, ITAR-TASS reports.At the same time Azerbaijan is building up its military potential. Aliyev believes that the conflict can be settled within the territorial unity of Azerbaijan. He said that all occupied Azerbaijani lands must be returned and refugees returned.

Ukraine to develop relations with Iran

Iranian ambassador to Kiev Akbar Kasemi delivered credential letters toUkrainian President Victor Yanukovich in the presence of UkrainianForeign Minister Constantine Grishenko.Yanukovich expressed his desire to Kasemi to develop relations andcooperation between the two countries, Interfax-Ukraine reports.Yanukovich noted that Iran is one of Ukraine’s leading partners in thesphere of commerce in the region.

Technical orders to be formed within Customs Union

A common set of technical regulations will be formed by Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan within the Customs Union, RIA Novosti reports, citing first deputy of the Belarus state committee on standardizing Victor Nazarenko at a parliamentary commission in Minsk.Nazarenko pointed out that the orders will not be applied in the countries of EurAzEC, where new technical regulations are being developed.