Archive for December, 2013

Bosnian FM expects the region to make progress on cooperation

Thursday, December 26, 2013 Comments Off

The foreign minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina expects the region to make progress in cooperation over the coming year. “There are a number of open issues, but there is also a good

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New Turkish Minister for EU says dialogue will continue

Thursday, December 26, 2013 Comments Off

Negotiations between the European Union and Turkey will continue at the same pace, new Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu said while assuming the ministerial powers.

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Turkey sends reinforcements near Syrian border

Thursday, December 26, 2013 Comments Off

The Turkish military dispatched reinforcement units to the areas bordering Syria on Thursday. Turkey sent reinforcements to the security

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Turkish PM reshuffles cabinet

Thursday, December 26, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced he has changed 10 of his cabinet ministers in the wake of a high-profile corruption probe. While some of the reshuffles were planned ahead, others are believed to have been occasioned by the investigation.

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Ukraine bans 36 foreign citizens to enter the country

Thursday, December 26, 2013 Comments Off

Ukraine’s Security Service has confirmed that it has imposed a temporary entry ban on a number of foreign citizens. The authority issued a statement saying that it had temporarily banned a number of foreign

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EU bans export of arms to CAR

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Comments Off

The European Union on Monday banned the export of arms and the sending of mercenaries to Central African Republic, which is racked by sectarian violence.

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Musharraf to face trial for high treason

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Comments Off

A special court in Pakistan will formally frame charges of high treason against former military President, Pervez Musharraf, on January 1, 2014,court officials said on Tuesday.

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US condemns attack around Aleppo in Syria

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Comments Off

The United States condemns the ongoing air assault by Syrian government forces on civilians, including the indiscriminate use of SCUD missiles and barrel bombs in and around Aleppo over the last week, the White House said on

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EU warns South Sudan crisis can spread in the region

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Comments Off

EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy Catherine Ashton Tuesday voiced extreme concern that “South Sudan risks spiralling into a disaster for both its own people and the region.”

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Over 300 dead in Syria in last 8 days after air raids

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Comments Off

Syrian warplanes have killed more than 300 people, including 87 children, in an eight-day bombing campaign against rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, a monitor said Dec. 23.

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EU warns Turkish PM over corruption scandal

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Comments Off

The European Union has warned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to cease his interference in a major corruption probe into high-ranking officials.

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Goran Hadzic seeks acquittal

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Comments Off

Defence lawyers for wartime Croatian Serb political leader Goran Hadzic argued this week that the charges against their client should be dismissed because the prosecution had failed to prove its case.

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EU says door remains open for Ukraine, not for political leaders

Monday, December 23, 2013 Comments Off

European Union leaders said Friday the door to a closer partnership with Ukraine remained open but not necessarily for the current Ukrainian leadership, which chose a bailout from Russia in preference to a trade deal with

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Turkish police use tear gas to disperse protesters

Monday, December 23, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish police have used tear gas against thousands of anti-government protesters in Istanbul as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to break the hands of “plotters”.

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EU to increase defense cooperation

Monday, December 23, 2013 Comments Off

On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel European started her first speech as head of the new coalition government stressed that security and defense policy “needs to become more efficient, more visible and more effective.” 

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Merkel welcomes Khodorkovsky release

Monday, December 23, 2013 Comments Off

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday welcomed the release from a Russian prison of Kremlin critic and ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

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Khodorkovsky to make efforts to free other political prisoners

Monday, December 23, 2013 Comments Off

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said he does not intend to return to Russia until a USD 550 M lawsuit against him and Platon Lebedev is settled.

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Released after 10 years in prison, Khodorkovsky says it won’t return to Russia for now

Monday, December 23, 2013 Comments Off

Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, freed on Friday after 10 years in prison, said he would not return to Russia till outstanding legal cases against him were closed. Addressing his first press conference in Berlin on Sunday, Mr. Khodorkovsky made it clear he had been effectively deported from Russia after being pardoned by

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Turkish opposition leader says the government has lost legitimacy

Monday, December 23, 2013 Comments Off

Turkey’s main opposition leader has raised the pressure on the government over the massive graft probe in which ministers’ sons have been arrested, claiming that the government has lost its legitimacy since the prime minister is protecting the figures who are involved in corruption.

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Erdogan says traitors and agents can’t rule Turkey

Monday, December 23, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threw down the gauntlet to his rivals, including “spies” and “traitors” Dec. 22, warning them against using allegations of high-level corruption to undermine his rule or he would “break their hands.” 

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Anti-govt protesters clash with police in Turkey

Monday, December 23, 2013 Comments Off

The police in Turkey’s Istanbul fired rubber bullets, tear gas andwater cannon to disperse more than 10,000 anti-government protesters on Sunday. An eyewitness said five people were injured and one had a heart attack during thedemonstration supported by more than 200 political parties, associations and platforms inthe country.

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Turkey, Moldova agree to accelerate free trade and strategic partnership

Thursday, December 19, 2013 Comments Off

Turkey and Moldova have agreed to speed up ties in order to create a strategic partnership and a free trade agreement, TurkishPresident Abdullah Gül said yesterday, after he met with Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti.

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Turkey, Azerbaijan discuss military cooperation

Thursday, December 19, 2013 Comments Off

On Dec. 18 the Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov received the head of the General Plan and Principles Department of the Turkish Armed Forces, General Staff, Lieutenant General Alpaslan Erdogan.

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Serbian FM says the country will not join NATO

Thursday, December 19, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic said in Belgrade on Wednesday that Serbia will not join NATO but it will be a reliable and responsible partner.

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Ukraine protesters pledge to continue until victory

Thursday, December 19, 2013 Comments Off

Pro-EU protests in Ukraine should not give up must stay in the streets until achieving victory, said opposition party Udar leader and former world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko.

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Serbia Accession Talks set for January

Thursday, December 19, 2013 Comments Off

The EU has set January 21 as the starting date for membership talks with Serbia.

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Bulgaria supports Western Balkans and Turkey’s EU accession

Thursday, December 19, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has reiterated his country’s support for the EU integration efforts of the Western Balkan countries and Turkey.

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Azerbaijan, France discuss regional security issues

Thursday, December 19, 2013 Comments Off

Azerbaijan and France held consultations on bilateral military cooperation in Baku on December 17.

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Ashton to submit report on Serbia

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Comments Off

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will today officially present to the Council of Ministers her report on Serbia’s implementation of the Brussels agreement.

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Moldovan president visits Turkey for first time since 1999

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Comments Off

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti arrived in Ankara on Tuesday to sign a number of agreements with his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gül.

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US Defense Secretary, Russian defense minister discuss missile defense

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Comments Off

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu conducted Monday their inaugural video teleconference, during which they discussed a number of issues including missile defense, Syria, cyber

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Conference on peace in Syria to be held in Switzerland in January

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Comments Off

The United Nations plans to precede its internationally brokered peace talks between Syria’s warring sides next month with a one-day meeting of foreign ministers in the Swiss city of Montreux.

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Turkish PM says EU deal reflects a new start in relations

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Comments Off

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the deal with the EU a “milestone” and a new era in Tureky-EU relations. “We are not coming to become a burden, but to help with it. The visa requirements should have been removed long ago. The fact that they haven’t been removed yet has only harmed the European Union,” Erdogan said. “Turkey is no […]

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Russia confirms Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Comments Off

Russia confirmed Monday that it has deployed Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, on border with Poland.

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Yanukovich, Putin meet in Moscow

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Comments Off

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia and Ukraine should make concerted efforts to boost relations. During a meeting of the inter-government commission with his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovich, Putin said

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