Archive for March, 2014

New round of Kosovo talks to continue in Brussels

Monday, March 31, 2014 Comments Off

Ivica Dacic and Hashim Thaci, will meet today with the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on a new round of dialogue. Besides Dacic, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister will attend the meeting Aleksandar Vucic.

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Kerry calls on Russia to withdraw troops from Ukrainian border

Monday, March 31, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Russia must pull back its troops from the Ukrainian border to deescalate the tension following Crimea’s takeover by Moscow.

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Nuland to visit Bulgaria

Monday, March 31, 2014 Comments Off

Victoria Nuland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, will visit Bulgaria on Monday. The talks were scheduled between Nuland and government representatives from Bulgaria, where bilateral cooperation

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Kerry, Lavrov discuss Ukraine again in Paris

Monday, March 31, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began one-on-one discussions Sunday night with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an effort to find a solution to the crisis in Ukraine, which has ratcheted up tensions between Moscow

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Russia parliament votes to terminate agreements with Ukraine on Black Sea fleet

Monday, March 31, 2014 Comments Off

Russian parliament approved on Monday a bill ending a series of agreements with Ukraine on the Black Sea fleet.

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Musharraf charged for high treason

Monday, March 31, 2014 Comments Off

For the first time , a former Chief of Army Staff and President of Pakistan has been indicted by a special court for high treason on Monday to impose emergency and undermining the Constitution. General Pervez Musharraf has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Kerry to visit Middle East for peace talks

Monday, March 31, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to Middle East for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders that peace talks hit a point of critical make-or-break.

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British FM says Balkans borders will remain unchanged

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

British Foreign Minister says there will be no drawing of borders in the Balkans and that only a united Bosnia in its current boundaries can join the EU.

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EULEX mission will be extended for two years

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

EU’s EULEX Kosovo will be extended by two years, despite resistance from officials of the country. Representatives of the 28-nation bloc have informed the authorities of Kosovo, who will continue to work on investigations into

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Obama urges Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine border

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called on Russia to withdraw troops from the border with Ukraine and begin direct talks with its neighbor. Obama said that “a number of troops along the border groups under the guise of military exercises,” U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly cited “evidence” about

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Jens Stoltenberg elected new NATO Chief

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

NATO decided Friday to appoint Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary General of NATO and Chairman of the North Atlantic Council, in a succession of Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

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Putin calls for canceling of agreements with Ukraine on the Black Sea Fleet

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday submitted to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, a motion to terminate agreements with Ukraine on the Black Sea Fleet. “After the signing of the treaty between Russia and the Crimea on March 18, 2014 on the accession of Crimea to Russia

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Croatian court decides former Yugoslav Agent Mustać can be extradited to Germany

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

Council of Northern Croatian town of Varazdin court ruled Thursday that Mustać, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Stjepan Djurekovic a political emigrant would be assassinated by the Yugoslav secret services near Munich, in 1983, can be sent to Germany for to be judged.

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Georgian, Azerbaijan Defense Ministers discuss regional development

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

Georgian delegation meeting ceremony, led by the Deputy Minister of National Defence, Michael Darchiashvili held at the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan on 28 March.

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UN votes resolution on Ukraine, condemns Crimea referendum

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Comments Off

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution that reaffirms Ukraine’s territorial integrity, condemns the referendum held in Crimea and calls its subsequent annexation by Russia invalid.

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Pakistan President visits Kabul

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Comments Off

President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday arrived in Afghan capital city Kabul to attend the Nowroz festival on the invitation of his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, said an official press release. This is the first visit by the Afghan President to Afghanistan since taking office. According to Foreign Office, President Mamnoon Hussain on the […]

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EU pushes for solving Cyprus problem

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Comments Off

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso Thursday chaired a meeting of the Cyprus Steering Group in Brussels. The Group assessed the situation in Cyprus following the resumption of fully-fledged settlement talks in February.

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Musharraf to be charged for high treason on March 31

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Comments Off

A special court in Pakistan will frame formal high treason charges against former military president Pervez Musharraf on March 31, a court order said Thursday.

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EP to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Comments Off

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement will be discussed at the European Parliament in Brussels. A “round table” on “Future of the South Caucasus : the impact of economic

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Sisi to run for Egyptian presidency

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Comments Off

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian military chief who last summer removed the elected Islamist president, has announced that he will run for president in elections expected next month. Wearing his military fatigues in a nationally-televised speech, Mr. el-Sissi announced

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Ukraine defense minister presents resignation

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Comments Off

Lawmakers in Ukraine accepted the resignation of the defense minister yesterday as thousands of troops began withdrawing from the Crimean Peninsula, now controlled by Russia.

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EU, US stress the need for political transition in Syria

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Comments Off

The Geneva negotiation process is “crucial for achieving a genuine political transition in Syria,” the EU and US stated in a joint statement after their summit in Brussels Wednesday afternoon. “The onus is on the Syrian regime to engage constructively with the process and take part in

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Over 900 suspected Islamists face trial in Egypt

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Comments Off

Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday ordered two trials for a total of 919 suspected Islamists on charges that include murder, pushing ahead with a series of mass tribunals of supporters of ousted President Mohammed

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Obama says Russians will realise in time that “brute force” cannot win

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged the West during EU-US summit to remain united in its response to Moscow’s takeover of Crimea. “With time, so long as we remain united, the Russian people will recognize that they cannot achieve security, prosperity and the status they

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Kerry visits Jordan to discuss Middle East peace

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Comments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II Wednesday in a fresh bid to keep his Middle East peace bid on track, amid fears Israel may renege on a vow to free Palestinian prisoners.

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Obama vows support for Ukraine

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Comments Off

The leaders of European Union and United States vowed on Wednesday to support Ukraine and “intensify sanctions” on Russia if things “further escalating.” “If the Russian leadership thought the world would not care about Ukraine, they clearly miscalculated,” Obama

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Musharraf trial continues

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Comments Off

The special court trying former President General Pervez Musharraf for high treason on Wednesday reserved its order on the defence application challenging the appointment of special public prosecutor Akram Sheikh.

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Russia in control of all military bases of Crimea

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Comments Off

Russia has reported taking control of all Ukrainian military facilities in Crimea and announced plans to increase its own military presence in the peninsula. All 193 military garrisons of the Ukrainian armed forces in Crimea have raised Russian flags, Army General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the Russian

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NATO warns Russia on Moldova

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Comments Off

Top military commander of NATO said on Sunday Russia had developed a “very important” power on its border with Ukraine and Moscow may have a region of Moldova in its sights. Russia was more as an adversary than a partner , Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO, the U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said […]

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Turkey takes down Syrian jet for violating its airspace

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish fighter jets had shot down a Syrian warplane which had violated its airspace on Sunday. Addressing his supporters at a rally on Sunday, Erdogan congratulated his air force on its actions on Sunday and

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Kerry pushes Lavrov to pursue dialogue with Ukraine govt

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Comments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry met one-on-one with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov while both were attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. Kerry pushed for Lavrov to pursue a dialogue with the Ukrainian government, US Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said on Monday.

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Ukraine troops withdraw from Crimea

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Comments Off

Ukraine has ordered the withdrawal of its armed forces from Crimea. Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov told the Parliament on Monday that the Ukrainian troops and their families

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Syrian rebels take control of northwestern town

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Comments Off

Hard—line Islamic rebels captured a small town in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border as part of their offensive in the rugged coastal region that is a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad, activists said Monday. Fighters from an array of armed opposition groups, including the al—Qaida—linked Nusra Front, seized

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Azerbaijan, Afghanistan discuss situation of the region

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Comments Off

Azerbaijan and Afghanistan discussed the military and political situation in the region, as well as the security issues. Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov received a delegation led by Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani on March 19.

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Russian troops seize control of third Ukrainian naval base

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Comments Off

Russia’s troops have seized control of a naval base near Crimea’s city of Feodosia. This was the third successful Russian assault of a Ukrainian base on the Crimean peninsula from the last two days.

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