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Winners of the 9th National Internet Award NETTY 2013 is chosen in Azerbaijan, the website of theMinistry ofCommunications and Information Technology said.

According to the terms of the contest, participants can submit their applications for registration ofwebsites and projects from April 3 to May 31, 2013. For participation applicants should register on theNETTYwebsite: www.netty.az

Votingof the Expert Council and Virtual Jury to determine the nominees for the prizewill be held simultaneously from June 1 to June 11.

On June 12,the NETTY Academy will start its voting which will will be based on afinalchoice of the Expert Council that selects three nominees for each category and Virtual jury that selects one nominee for each category.

The Academy chooses a single award winner in each of 12 nominations. At the same time it votes on non-competitive honorary and 'special mention' prize nominations.

A new 'special mention' prize nomination for "Best mobile device applications" was open in 2013. The most popular and in-demand applications built in Azerbaijan on the basis of mobile systems Android, iOS, Windows Phone will be determined within the nomination.

This year the Academy will also traditionally award a honorary prize "For contribution to development of the domestic information technologies" and "IT developments of the year".

The competition is supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    Trend:

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  • Kazakhstan to use port in China for intв'l transportations
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec. 18

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    Edited by CN

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  • Georgiaв's ex-president deprived of presidential passport
    18.12.2014 18:04
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec. 18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The ex-president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili was deprived of the presidential passport.

    Saakashvili himself made the announcement Dec. 18 in Strasbourg.

    "I learned at an airline that my presidential passport was revoked, despite the fact that it is provided by the law to me until the end of my life," he said.

    Georgia's ex-president, Saakashvili, as well as the incumbent president, Giorgi Margvelashvili, attended Dec. 18 the voting on ratification of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the EU in the European Parliament.

    Saakashvili arrived in Strasbourg at an invitation of the European People's Party (EPP).

    Saakashvili left Georgia immediately after the inauguration of the new president, Margvelashvili, in November 2013, and since then hasn't returned to his homeland.

    Georgian prosecutor general's office indicted the ex-president in absentia in four criminal cases namely, the embezzlement of state funds for personal use, dispersal of a protest on Nov. 7, 2007, beating the MP Valery Gelashvili in 2005, and the murder of the employee of the United Bank of Georgia, Sandro Girgvliani in 2006.

    Currently, Saakashvili is wanted in Georgia.

    Aside from that, the prosecutor general's office appealed to Interpol to declare Saakashvili internationally wanted.

    Edited by CN

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  • Georgia, European Parliament mull bilateral relations
    18.12.2014 18:04
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec.18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili met with Vice President of the European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki in Strasbourg, France on Dec.18.

    During the meeting, the sides focused on the bilateral cooperation issues and the plans for the period after ratification of the association agreement between EU and Georgia, Georgian Presidential Administration told Trend.

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    Edited by CN

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  • Billionaire Niel to Buy Orange Switzerland for $2.9 Billion
    18.12.2014 17:59
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    French billionaire Xavier Niel is to buy carrier Orange Switzerland for 2.8 billion Swiss francs ($2.9 billion), as he turns his attention back to Europe after a failed bid for T-Mobile US Inc.

    Nielв's NJJ Capital, a subsidiary of his private investment fund Kima Ventures, will buy the business from a group of funds advised by Apax Partners, according to a statement.

    With a net worth edging close to $8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index -- much of which consists of a controlling stake in French phone company Iliad SA -- Niel is seeking to diversify outside his home country. Iliad has transformed Franceв's telecommunications industry by slashing mobile fees, sparking a price war that has led to firings, restructuring and disposals at rivals such as SFR and Bouygues Telecom.

    Niel made an unsuccessful bid earlier this year to acquire T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom AG. Orange Switzerland, which bears the Orange brand but was sold by Franceв's Orange SA in 2012 to Apax, has 1.6 million customers.

    Swisscom AG , Switzerlandв's largest phone company, fell 5 percent in Zurich on speculation that Orange under Niel would mimic his aggressive French price cuts in the Alpine country of 8.1 million people.
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  • Ex-US co-chairs of MG OSCE, James Warlick mull Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
    18.12.2014 17:50
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Jamila Jafarova - Trend:

    Former US co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Carey Cavanaugh and Bob Bradtke, discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with James Warlick, the current US co-chairman, according to a message on Warlick's Twitter page.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

    As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Russia to oppose Azerbaijan in Europe, revive Nabucco
    18.12.2014 17:50
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18

    By Aynur Gasimova - Trend:

    Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time confirmed that Moscow intends to directly compete with the supplies of gas from Azerbaijan, and to revive the Nabucco gas pipeline project, which was previously planned for Azerbaijani gas supplies to Europe and which was actively criticized by Moscow.

    Vladimir Putin said at the annual press conference Dec.18 that the creation of a gas hub on the border between Turkey and Greece depends on Europe, and with its help Moscow could deliver its gas to Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and the Austrian Baumgarten.

    Greece and Southern Europe countries are now considered key priority markets for Azerbaijani gas, and the gas from the Shah Deniz field is planned to be delivered exactly to them.

    The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will go to Italy through Greece, Albania, was chosen for this purpose, and its branches will make it possible to supply gas to the countries formed after the collapse of Yugoslavia - Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia.

    The gas markets of these countries are so small that there is no place for two suppliers there. And if Russia enters this market with its gas, to put it mildly, the situation will become difficult.

    In his statement, the Russian president mentioned Baumgarten, Austria. This town is the end point of Nabucco project. It was designed for Azerbaijani gas supply through the Southern Gas Corridor to Europe.

    The Nabucco project concept envisages the construction of a 3,900-kilometer pipeline through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria from the Turkish-Bulgarian border to Austria's Baumgarten. Although this project was planned to stretch from the Turkish-Bulgarian border, it will not be difficult to supply gas there from the Turkish-Greek border, where Russia plans to create a gas hub.

    Despite that the consortium developing Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field, has not chosen Nabucco, the pipeline's intended route has not lost its relevance yet.

    Its major disadvantage for Azerbaijan was that the gas pipeline's capacity of 31 billion cubic meters per year exceeded the estimated volume of 10 billion cubic meters..

    As a result, two-thirds of the pipeline's capacity would have remained unused, while the attracted and spent funds would have to be returned from the full capacity of the gas pipeline.

    However, Russia doesn't have such a problem. The country is ready to deliver about 50 billion cubic meters of gas to the border of Turkey and Greece, and this volume will more than fill the estimated capacity of Nabucco.

    There is another problem however. Vladimir Putin said it himself - the issue of creating a gas hub depends on Europe.

    It depends on Europe - which earlier did everything possible to hack the "South Stream" to death - whether it wants to receive Russia's gas from Turkey or not. This is a great question.

    However, today, it is clear that some countries have already begun to put pressure on the EU from the inside.

    Thus, Bulgaria announced about the resumption of talks on the "South Stream".

    Apparently, Bulgaria wants to get additional preferences within the EU, since its negotiations with Russia alone will not bring any results.

    Although Russia still needs to develop the new gas pipeline project, find funds for financing it and reach a common ground with Europe (which is unlikely now), many things will depend on Turkey.

    Currently, Turkey is not only a transit state, but also a direct participant of the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor'.

    Through its state companies, Turkey participates in the development of Shah Deniz field, South Caucasus gas pipeline and is one of the largest shareholders of the Trans Anatolian gas pipeline project (TANAP). TANAP is designed to run through the entire territory of this country.

    Therefore, today Turkey faces only one question: Is the country ready to compete with itself?

    Edited by SI

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    Aynur Gasimova is the head of Trend Agency's English news service, follow her on Twitter @AynuraGM

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  • Meeting of National Commissions and Committees for UNESCO of TURKSOY member states kicks off in Baku
    18.12.2014 17:44
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    The traditional (fifth) meeting of the National Commissions and Committees for UNESCO of TURKSOY member states has today kicked off in Baku.

    The event is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of establishment of National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO.

    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov welcomed the guests and said it is not accidental Baku hosts the event.

    ''This year, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of establishment of National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO. Azerbaijan has been closely cooperating with UNESCO in all important spheres, including education, science, culture, communication. Azerbaijan joined almost all conventions of the organization, became a member of various committees and hosted many international events,'' he noted.

    The FM said the policy pursued by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, ensured rapid development in social, economic, cultural and other fields, as well as expanded the stateв's activities in the field of strengthening peace, prosperity, global intercultural dialogue and inter-religious tolerance in the world.

    ''We should emphasize the importance of Intercultural Dialogue Forum and Baku International Humanitarian Forum being held with the participation of UNESCO and TURKSOY in this regard. The works of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation headed by Mehriban Aliyeva in development of relations between Azerbaijan and UNESCO, promotion of our cultural heritage in the world and their preservation for future generations are of particular importance. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation has a great contribution to protection and development of Azerbaijan's oral folk literature and music heritage, provision of care for the material and non-material heritage of our country, as well as restoration of historical, religious and cultural monuments in Azerbaijan and abroad, opening of schools, kindergartens, health centers, scientific, cultural and social centers. ''Framework Agreement for cooperation in the fields of education, sciences, culture and communication between the Government of Azerbaijan and UNESCO'' was signed in Paris, 2013 that envisaged Azerbaijanв's providing UNESCO with a financial contribution of $5 million for implementation of many large-scale projects,'' he added.

    The meeting aims at exploring the possibilities of cooperation of Turkish-speaking countries in UNESCO, implementing various projects, discussing necessary issues such as inclusion of joint nominations into relevant lists of UNESCO and strengthening the relations between the countries. During the event, four round tables will be held on cultural and natural heritage, intangible cultural heritage, education and the memory of world programme.

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  • Typo2 makes iPhone 6 Blackberry-ish
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    Less than a day after Blackberry launched the Classic in New York, Typo Keyboards has announced that the Typo2 keyboard for iPhone 6 is now available in Singapore.

    So, if you upgraded recently to an iPhone 6 and want a physical keyboard for the phone, you can now get one. It'll probably make a great Christmas gift for that iPhone 6-toting loved one too.

    Typo said in a statement today that the Typo2 layout matches closely that of the iOS virtual keyboard and desktop-computer keyboards, making transition to the Typo2 easy.

    However, the Typo2 is only available for the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 5 or 5S). If you're using a iPhone 6 Plus, you're out of luck.

    The Typo2 for iPhone 6, selling at $179, is currently available in Singapore at retailers like ante@Tangs Orchard, Digital Style, EpiCentre, EpiLife, istudio, and nubox.
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  • Azerbaijanв's great leader believed scholars to be social strata requiring special attention '" Leyla Aliyeva
    18.12.2014 17:35
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    Trend:

    The book "Dialogue of cultures: social, political and value aspects" has been released in Moscow.

    The book has been prepared for printing by the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Institute of Culturology, the Russian Association of Philosophy and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

    The book has been prepared on the bases of the materials of the forum "Dialogue of cultures: social, political and value aspects" devoted to Azerbaijani National Leader Heydar Aliyev.

    The foreword to the book has been written by Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva.

    It is noted in the foreword that this book is the result of the discussions and thoughts of scholars from Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan and a number of other countries about the dialogue of cultures and its versatility and dynamics during the period of globalization.

    "Heydar Aliyev very well understood the necessity of international cooperation for the country's successful development and emphasized friendly neighbourhood relations with Russia and other former Soviet republics," Aliyeva wrote.

    "He was sure that development of national culture was closely related with the ability to master the best features of the world heritage. He very well knew that cultures of different peoples had unique elements, defining the possibilities of dialogue and consolidation in solving universal and global problems. Just for this reason, Azerbaijan is today considered one of the most tolerant countries of the world, a home to people with different religions, languages and traditions."

    It is emphasized in the foreword that relying on Heydar Aliyev's statehood strategy meant, first of all, to confidently realize the modernization course, and successfully implement the "Azerbaijan 2020" concept, providing development of communication means, cities and regions, and lifting population's well-being.

    "Heydar Aliyev was confident that development of science was of significant importance for the society. All his life, he remained loyal to this belief, and believed the scholars were a social strata requiring special careful attention. The careful attention of the National Leader towards the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan - the primary wealth of our people - is exemplary," said the foreword.

    "Today Heydar Aliyev is not among us, but his works and ideas live on," Aliyeva wrote. "We have the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which marked its 10th anniversary this year. The Foundation continues all the initiatives set by the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, and successfully implements them".

    Printed after being edited by doctor of philosophy, first Vice-president of the Russian Association of Philosophy Alexander Chumakov and Director of the Globalization and Stable Development Institute of the Academy of the International Independent Ecology and Policy University, professor Nizami Mammadov, the book contains speeches by well-known scholars on the themes of formation of global thinking, political and legal aspects of multiculturalism, diversity of the world and universal values.

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  • 12 detained in media operation sent to Turkish court for arrest
    18.12.2014 17:34
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    A total of 16 people who were detained in a Dec. 14 operation on media groups linked to the Fethullah GГјlen movement have been sent to court after their testimonies were taken by police.

    Twelve suspects, including the editor-in-chief of daily Zaman, Ekrem DumanlД±, and the head of the Samanyolu Media Group, Hidayet Karaca, were sent to court with demands for their arrest, while probation was sought for the other four, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The 12 suspects were sent to court on charges of being members of a terrorist organization, engaging in slander and deprivation of liberty, reports stated.

    Meanwhile, former Siirt Police Department head Mutlu EkizoДџlu and another officer were released by prosecutors. Twelve other suspects detained during the operation were released earlier.

    A melee erupted between security officers and DumanlД±'s lawyers when the judge permitted only one attorney to enter the courtroom during the editor-in-chief's questioning.

    DumanlД±'s testimony at the police station lasted seven hours, during which Public Prosecutor Fuzuli AydoДџdu asked him questions about U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and about an Islamic group called "TahЕџiyeciler."

    DumanlД± reportedly said he was a follower Gülen's books and ideas, but had never received orders from the cleric to publish a piece on a specific subject in the newspaper.

    Gülen has no title as a manager at daily Zaman, but only has a column in which his pieces are published on Fridays, DumanlД± said, rejecting any claims that the scholar was intervening in the newspaper's publishing policy.

    DumanlД± pleaded not guilty, saying he was not a member of any organization.
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  • Ilham Aliyev at comissioning ceremony of 'Muslim Magomayev'
    18.12.2014 17:19
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    The symbolic ribbon was cut by Tamara Sinyavskaya.

    The ceremony of commissioning of the ship, named after the USSR People's Artist Muslim Magomayev, was held on December 18.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that the ceremony was attended by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva and spouse of Muslim Magomayev Tamara Sinyavskaya.

    The symbolic ribbon was cut by Tamara Sinyavskaya. Then the well-known song of Muslim Magomayev "Azerbaijan" was sounded.

    The memory photo was taken at the end.
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  • France to not change its stance on Armenia, ambassador says
    18.12.2014 17:10
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    France's relation to Armenia, and to the events of 1915 will not change, said the French Ambassador to Turkey Laurent Bili Dec. 18 in an interview with the TRT Haber news channel.

    He said Ankara is aware of the attitude of Paris towards Yerevan, and doesn't expect that France will change its stance on Armenia.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire, allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915.

    Turkey in turn has always denied that "the genocide" took place.

    Strengthening the efforts to promote the so-called genocide in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

    Although Turkey has repeatedly proposed to create an independent commission to investigate the events of 1915, Armenia continues to reject this proposal.

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  • Putin says Russia, Turkey have many coinciding regional interests
    18.12.2014 17:09
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    Moscow, Russia, Dec.18

    By Orkhan Yolchuyev - Trend:

    Russia and Turkey have many coinciding regional interests and these issues shouldn't be resolved without Turkey's active participation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his 10th annual press conference on Dec.18.

    He said Russia is interested in having relations with Turkey, adding that the country will develop these relations.

    Regarding the Cyprus issue, Putin said Russia tries to hold a balanced position on it and bring to a solution that would suit both Turkish and Greek parts of the island.

    Turkey sent a seismic research vessel called Barbados to the region to search for oil and gas deposits. Greek Cyprus considered it a violation of its territorial waters. Following this, in October 2014 the Greek Cypriots halted peace talks about the island, which is ethnically divided between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots.

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  • Virna Lisi dead at 78
    18.12.2014 17:05
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    Italian actress Virna Lisi, who played opposite Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra in the 1960s and later established herself an acclaimed character actress, has died at the age of 78.

    Italian media quoted her son as saying that Lisi had passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, a month after being diagnosed with an incurable illness.

    Born in Ancona in 1936, she was an established cinema and theatre actress before Hollywood producers looking for a new Marilyn Monroe came calling in the mid-1960s.

    With Jack Lemmon she made "How to Murder Your Wife" in 1965 and followed up by starring alongside Tony Curtis in "Not with my Wife, You Don't" and with Sinatra in "Assault on a Queen" the following year.

    Reluctant to be restricted to love-interest roles based on her looks, she turned down the sexy part taken by Jane Fonda in Roger Vadim's "Barbarella" (1968) and moved back to Europe after only three years of a seven-year contract with Paramount studios.

    While in Hollywood, she maintained a parallel career in European cinema, notably playing a lead role in "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians," which shared the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes film festival in 1966.

    After taking a break from acting in the early 1970s, Lisi successfully reinvented herself as a character actress with a broad range.

    Her portrayal of Catherine de' Medici in "La Reine Margot" (1994) saw her pick up both a French Cesar and the best actress award at Cannes.

    She also worked extensively in television and made the last of her nearly 80 films, "Il Piu Bel Giorno Della Mia Vita," in 2002.

    She is survived by her son Corrado Pesci and three grandchildren. Her husband of 53 years, the architect Franco Pesci, died in 2013.
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  • Switzerland cuts 2015 growth forecast
    18.12.2014 17:04
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    Switzerland on Thursday cut its growth forecast for 2015 as a recovery in the eurozone turns out to be more sluggish than earlier thought.

    The national statistics agency said it still expects Swiss output to expand by 1.8 percent this year.

    But the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, or SECO said growth for 2015 would be at 2.1 percent rather than the previously forecasted 2.4 percent.

    "In the eurozone, ... the economic recovery has been more difficult than hoped for during the year coming to an end, and growth perspectives remain moderate," SECO said in a statement.

    It raised concern over the debt and deficit problems plaguing France and Italy and noted that even European powerhouse Germany was expecting to post only muted growth.

    The agency said that as long as the gradual eurozone recovery continues, Swiss growth prospects for the two years to come "remain relatively favourable", with output growth forecasted to reach 2.4 percent in 2016.

    At the same time, SECO warned that the economic outlook could still cast a shadow over Swiss growth prospects.

    Political complications following a Swiss popular vote in February to curb immigration from EU countries, which has soured ties with Switzerland's main trading partner, might also "compromise the expected improvement in the Swiss outlook", it said.
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  • Kazakh President orders to analyze relations between Russia and West
    18.12.2014 16:59
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered to the head of Kazakh Foreign Ministry Erlan Idrissov to analyze the relations between Russia and West, the presidency reported on Dec. 18.

    "In the current environment it is necessary to continuously analyze the international situation in the context of the development of relations between Russia and the West, as well as trends in the global economy", the president said.

    The president noted that the interest of other countries to Kazakhstan is growing and mutually beneficial cooperation with these countries is developing.

    Erlan Idrissov also stressed that foreign countries support initiatives of Kazakh president. He said new economic policy initiated by President Nazarbayev is highly assessed in the world.

    "It is perceived as an objective and well-verified program which will ensure a stable and sustainable growth of Kazakhstan in difficult environment," the minister said.

    During the meeting Idrissov reported on the results of year in the international area.

    The president in turn gave relevant instructions.

    Edited by S.I.

    Elena Kosolapova is Trend Agency's staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @E_Kosolapova

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  • U.S. vows strong support to Georgia's economic reforms
    18.12.2014 16:55
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The U.S. government has launched a new five-year project titled "Governing for Growth (G4G) in Georgia" to support Georgiaв's economic reforms.

    The U.S, Agency for International Development officially launched the new $19.3 million project in Tbilisi on December 11.

    Stephen Haykin, USAID Mission Director, once more emphasized the US governmentв's strong support for Georgiaв's economic development.

    The G4G was designed to enhance governance in specific business areas, including tax and customs administration, trade facilitation, land registration, electricity trading policy and water resource management.

    "We believe that a quality, inclusive dialogue, and especially a well-informed evidence-based policy making will lead to passing of laws that work more effectively with better compliance'', said Milo Stevanovich, G4G Chief of Party.

    The G4G will begin in those spheres where the other USAID projects have been left off earlier. The EPI (Economic Prosperity Initiative), HIPP (Hydropower Investment Promotion Project), and HPEP (Hydro Power and Energy Planning) projects boosted Georgiaв's competitiveness in energy, agriculture, trading, and manufacturing fields of great significance, as well as improved Georgiaв's business environment.

    The G4G aims to intensify support for Georgian-led reform efforts based on the gains from the previous initiatives. The project will be directed to build a culture of collaborative consultation where policies and laws will benefit from a constructive public input.
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  • Bulgaria seeks Azerbaijani investment
    18.12.2014 16:49
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Bulgaria is interested in attracting Azerbaijani investments in different fields, said Emil Kerimov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Bulgaria.He noted that a business-forum aimed on establishing closer business relations between the two countries is planned to be held further. The investment opportunities of the country will also be featured during the forum.The diplomat called agriculture and tourism as the foreground fields for development of cooperation between the two sides.Bulgarian Agriculture Minister visited Azerbaijan in May 2014. The two countries signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of agriculture.

    ''Bulgaria with its great opportunities and experience in this field is a very important country for us. Bulgaria has an experience in specialist training in this field,'' he said. ''An agreement on cooperation between Ganja Agricultural Academy and Plovdiv Agriculture University has already been signed. As part of the agreement, the two sides are expected to exchange experience with each other. Bulgaria may also export agricultural fertilizers as well as machinery to Azerbaijan.''

    Tourism is another sphere for cooperation between the two countries. Tourist field in Bulgaria is very developed.

    The Tourism Ministry is interested in the growing tourist flow. Today, the two countries do not have a direct air flights. However, if the tourist flow grows, the two countries may think about launching the flight, the ambassador added.

    The potential trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria does not correspond with the existing turnover. For the nine months of this year the trade turnover between them amounted at $123 million, according to the Azerbaijan State Statistics Committee.

    Generally, Kerimov praised this year in terms of economic relations, calling it productive enough for cooperation.''During the year, many mutual official and business visits, including visits of president, prime-minister, economy, agriculture, education ministers of Bulgaria to Azerbaijan were carried out. This year the Energy and Industry Minister, SOCARв's head visited Bulgaria,'' he stressed.

    Kerimov added that only this year 10 documents were signed in such areas as environment, banking, education and law-energy.

    Bulgaria recognized the independence of Azerbaijan on January 14, 1992. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on June 5, 1992. The embassy of Bulgaria in Azerbaijan was opened in December 1999.
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  • Georgian Diaspora Investment Support Association works over 100 projects
    18.12.2014 16:49
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec. 18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The Georgian Diaspora Investment Support Association is working over 100 projects, the chairman of the association Giorgi Svanidze said during a meeting with the chairman of the Diaspora and Caucasus Issues Committee under the Georgian Parliament Gubaz Sanikidze and his first deputy Shalva Kiknavelidze, the parliament said Dec. 18.

    During the meeting, the sides discussed the association's further plans.

    Svanidze said that the simplification of visa regime is of great importance while working over the projects. This will attract more tourists to the country and facilitate the investment process for investors.

    Sanikidze confirmed the political will of the country's authorities to take all necessary measures for new investments and compatriots' repatriation.

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  • Russian jet delivers relief aid to Syria
    18.12.2014 16:49
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    A Russian emergency jet has sent relief supplies to Syria, spokesman for the Ministry of Emergencies Aleksander Drobyshevsky told TASS.

    "Today Russian government ordered a special emergency jet to take off from Moscow regional airfield Ramenskoye to (the principal port city of Syria in the Mediterranean Sea) Latakia with relief supplies on board. The plane will supply more than 25 tons of canned meat and fish, sugar and baby food for Syrian residents," he said.

    This emergency jet will bring people who wished to leave the armed conflict zone back to Moscow from Latakia by a return flight.

    For the last 18 months Russia has delivered 30 jets with relief supplies to Syria with assistance of the domestic government and the Russian Orthodox Church, St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation, Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society and other agencies of Russian public society, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
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  • Russia, Kazakhstan to adapt to low oil prices '" President Putin
    18.12.2014 16:40
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Orhan Yolchuyev - Trend:

    Russia and Kazakhstan will be able to adapt to the low oil prices, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press-conference on Dec. 18.

    "Of course, we will successfully overcome this situation with low oil prices," the president said. "Our economies, anyhow, will adjust to low oil prices."

    The president said that it will be easier to do by making joint efforts as part of the Eurasian Economic Union.

    "It is easier to do this together by giving an area of freedom for goods, labor and capital," the president said.

    He also said that the trade turnover between Russia and Kazakhstan increased by 50 percent during the Customs Union.

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  • Kazakh parliamentв's lower house ratifies agreement on Armeniaв's joining EAU Treaty
    18.12.2014 16:34
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec.18

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Majlis (lower house) of Kazakh parliament approved the draft law lsquo;On ratification of the agreement on Armenia's joining the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU) dated May 29, 2014' at the plenary meeting on Dec.18, press service of Majlis said.

    Kazakh Minister of National Economy Yerbolat Dossayev reminded that the agreement on Armenia's joining the EAU was signed by the presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia in Minsk on Oct.10, 2014.

    Once the agreement enters into force, Armenia will become a member of the Eurasian Economic Union and undertake obligations envisaged in the Treaty on EAU and the legal framework of the Customs Union and EAU.

    The reference materials distributed during the meeting said that Kazakhstan's trade turnover with Armenia is equal to $7 million.

    In connection with Armenia's joining EAU, negotiations will be held with World Trade Organization (WTO) members on changing Armenia's tariff commitments in accordance with WTO rules.

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  • Iran to hold large-scale military exercises
    18.12.2014 16:25
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec 18

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Iran will hold a large-scale military exercise dubbed "Mohammad Rasulullah" from Dec. 25 to Dec. 31, 2015, ISNA news agency quoted the deputy commander of Iran's armed forces, Abdurrahim Moussavi, as saying Dec. 18.

    He said the military exercises will be held in an area of 2.2 million square kilometers.

    "The exercises will involve the navy, air forces, land forces of Iran and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)," Moussavi said.

    He explained that the navy's exercise will be held in the east of the Strait of Hormuz, while the land forces will hold the exercises in the Sistan and Baluchestan Province and a part of the Hormozgan Province.

    Moussavi also said that currently the Iranian armed forces are preparing for the exercises.

    "New weapons and tactics will be tested, and joint operations will be conducted during the exercises," he added.

    He said young commanders will improve their experience at the general staff of Iranian armed forces.

    Iranian media reported that Tehran also plans to hold prior to March 2015 he air defense forces' exercises, dubbed the "Defenders of the Sky of our Province-5".

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  • European Parliament ratifies association agreement between Georgia, EU
    18.12.2014 16:25
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec.18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The European Parliament ratified the association agreement between Georgia and the EU at its meeting in Strasbourg Dec.18.

    It is reported that some 490 MPs of the European Parliament supported the ratification.

    The ratification was attended by the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs Tamar Beruchashvili, Security Council Secretary Irina Imerlishvili, as well as the ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.

    Before the voting, Giorgi Margvelashvili and Mikheil Saakashvili were introduced to the MPs of the European Parliament. It should be noted that they were equally met with applause.

    Ten countries have already ratified the document. These countries are Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Sweden and Croatia.

    The European Parliament adopted the corresponding resolution, which contains mostly non-binding recommendations.

    It should be noted that the resolution included also the recommendation not to use selective justice against the former leaders of the country, which have done much for European integration.

    Georgian president said that December 18 is a historic day and Georgia became even closer to its cradle - Europe, because it is a European country.

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  • Russia ready to advance to liberalize market for Georgian goods - president
    18.12.2014 16:19
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    Trend:

    Russia is ready to move towards liberalization of its market to make way for Georgian goods, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press-conference in Moscow Dec. 18, RIA Novosti reported.

    "Russia will be glad to see in Moscow any representative of the Georgian leadership," the president said.

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  • Gov't reviews new plan to boost defense industry
    18.12.2014 16:14
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The Defense Industry Ministry has submitted a plan to the government on the establishment of new production facilities and purchasing of manufacturing technologies.

    Yaver Jamalov, Defense Industry Minister, said the defense industry in Azerbaijan has considerably developed over the last years.

    "Significant works have been done to provide the army with modern weapons and decreased the external dependence over the recent years," said Jamalov, at an event dedicated to the professional holiday of the defense industry employees, on December 17.

    Jamalov added that over 50 new production facilities were built between 2007 and 2014. The volume of the overall production outruns the same indicator in 2010 by 2.4 times, according to the minister.

    "Facilities of the Ministry manufactured and delivered mortars, machine guns, unmanned devices "Aerostar" and other defense products," Jamalov said.

    The production ventures also made capsules, which decreased the dependence on the manufacture of munitions. Moreover, the building of the combat system for AGS-30 automated mortars of 30 millimeters caliber was finished and recommended for mass production. Ammunition for mortars and A-100 night vision sets were also produced, along with the launching of a factory test to make of the sniper rifles.

    Farhad Jafarguliyev, Director General of Aggregate Production Union, said the Baku machine-building factory is now realizing the program of the modernization of two various combat systems. He added that the products, manufactured in the factory, are exported to Russia and other countries.

    Mubariz Aghayev, Director General of Dalga Scientific Production Center, said repair works are currently being carried out on 37 weapons at the facility. The facility also masters the production of two defense systems and utilizes the unserviceable weapons.

    Azerbaijan is developing its defense industry at a high pace. It has showcased different domestically-made military equipment in many exhibitions worldwide. The country displayed 168 types of defense products at the latest international defense industry exhibition ADEX-2014 in Baku on September 11- 13.

    Azerbaijan is the top country in the South Caucasus for its military expenditure. The country's military budget for the next year is $5 billion, while about $3.8 billion was allocated to military in 2014.

    Global Firepower Index 2014 ranked Azerbaijan 50th among 106 countries by noting that the country can call upon hundreds of thousands of reserves.
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  • Palestinian UN draft 'act of aggression': Israeli FM
    18.12.2014 16:14
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    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday that submission of a Palestinian draft resolution at the UN Security Council - calling for an end to the Israeli occupation within three years - was tantamount to an "act of aggression" by the Palestinian Authority (PA) AnadoluAgency reported

    Lieberman was quoted by Israeli public radio as saying that the move, which is being spearheaded by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, would be of no benefit to the Palestinians and might even worsen their situation.

    "Without Israel's consent, nothing will change," Lieberman said in reference to a final Palestinian-Israeli settlement.

    On Wednesday night, Jordan formally submitted the Palestinian draft resolution at the UN Security Council. The proposed resolution calls for Israel to withdraw from all Palestinian land seized in 1967 by the end of 2017.

    The draft resolution further calls for "a just, lasting, comprehensive and peaceful solution [to the conflict] that brings an end to the Israeli occupation."

    It also sets the end of 2017 as the deadline for Israel's full withdrawal from the occupied West Bank, to be accompanied by the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

    Dismissing the move as a "gimmick," Lieberman said the Security Council's 15 member-states should not "waste time" on the PA's draft resolution.

    "The UN Security Council should concern itself with the real important issues, like how to deal with murderous terrorist acts or deliberate what has been happening in Syria and Libya," he said.

    Yuval Steinitz, Israel's minister for intelligence, international relations and strategic affairs, said the establishment of a Palestinian state would be tantamount to an "act of war," Israeli public radio reported.

    He went on to claim that an Israeli withdrawal and a Palestinian state would result in a "takeover of the West Bank" by Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group.

    Steinitz said Israel would consider dismantling the PA in retaliation for the latter's Security Council bid.

    Israel has occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the 1967 Middle East War. It annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as its capital - a move never recognized by the international community.

    The proposed draft resolution could be put to a vote within 24 hours of its submission. There is no guarantee, however, that the document will be voted on.

    In the past, two Arab-backed UN resolutions - one about the blockaded Gaza Strip and another on illegal Israeli settlement building - were never put to a vote since it was clear that they lacked the required support.

    If put to a vote, the motion will require a Yes vote from at least nine Security Council member states in order to pass. What's more, it can be vetoed by any of the five permanent council members, including the U.S., a staunch ally of Israel.

    An initial version of the draft resolution set November 2016 as the deadline for Israel's withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967.

    However, a Palestinian diplomatic source told The Anadolu Agency that the draft had been modified at the last minute to extend the deadline by another year following an agreement between PA officials and other Arab parties.

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  • Georgian president discusses further cooperation in European Parliament
    18.12.2014 16:10
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec.18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili's visit to Strasbourg kicked off, the administration of the Georgian president told Trend Dec.18.

    He held the first meeting with the Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok.

    The sides discussed the importance of the ratification of the association agreement between the EU and Georgia and subsequent plans, said the president's administration.

    European Parliament said that the support of Georgia will be continued after the ratification of this document as well, the country should feel significant results, which will affect the well-being of every citizen.

    The president thanked Elmar Brok for his support of both the aspirations of Georgia and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.

    The meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Tamar Beruchashvili, representative of the country in the EU Natalie Sabanadze, Secretary of the State Security Council Irina Imerlishvili, head of the administration of the president David Pataraya and advisers of the president.

    Margvelashvili will visit the European Parliament session Dec.18, where the ratification of the association agreement will take place. He will also hold meetings with the Vice President of the European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki and the rapporteur on Georgia Andres Mamikins.

    The president of Georgia will hold a press conference in the European Parliament.

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  • President Aliyev receives Secretary General of Socialist International
    18.12.2014 16:04
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Secretary General of the Socialist International Luis Ayala.

    Secretary General of the Socialist International Luis Ayala said he is pleased to be visiting Azerbaijan to attend the 25th jubilee conference of the Azerbaijani Social Democratic Party. He said he is deeply impressed by great development processes that have taken place in the country since his last visit.

    President Ilham Aliyev spoke of development in all areas in Azerbaijan.

    The parties discussed international cooperation prospects.
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  • Georgian PM considers reforming prosecutorв's office
    18.12.2014 15:54
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec.18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili instructed the Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani to establish a working group on the institutional reformation of the prosecutor's office in order to increase the effectiveness of its work.

    Garibashvili said at a government session Dec.18 that it was one of the campaign promises of the ruling coalition Georgian Dream.

    "The most important is to establish institutionally balanced model, where prosecutors' neutrality will be institutionally guaranteed and the principle of accountability protected," he said.

    "Prosecutor should be even more independent, but the issue of accountability should be clearly defined," the prime minister said, adding that non-governmental organizations should be involved in the process of elaboration of reform.

    "Our main goal is to establish prosecutor's office as an efficient mechanism for fighting against crime, to strengthen it, and at the same time, the prosecutor's office should serve the principle of rule of law," Garibashvili also said.

    The prime minister said that the reforms should affect all state agencies.

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  • Iran Army to stage anti-terror war games: General
    18.12.2014 15:45
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    Iranв's Army plans to practice fighting against terrorism in an upcoming large-scale exercise, a senior army officer says.

    "The massive drill by the Army will be held from December 25 to 31," the Second-in-Command of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi said on Thursday at a press conference, adding, "The Army's Navy, Air Force, Ground Forces and Air Defense will participate in the maneuvers", PressTV reports.

    "New weapons and tactics will be tested and evaluated in the war games," Mousavi said, adding the drill will also feature exercises on fighting terrorism.

    "The show of lasting might, peace, and friendship under the banner of Islamic and regional unity" is the motto of the maneuvers, said the general, adding Iran is "opposed to the presence of foreigners in the region."

    It falls upon regional countries to establish peace and security in the region, he stressed.

    The Army's decision to practice fight against terrorism comes as the scourge poses a threat to the whole Middle East region.

    Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari also said at the press conference that the military's missile capability will also be tested in the drill by "launching surface-to-surface, surface-to-sea, surface-to-air and air-to-surface missiles."

    In recent years, Iran has secured great accomplishments in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

    Iran has repeatedly said its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.
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  • NATO to help Georgia train cybersecurity experts
    18.12.2014 15:43
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec. 18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The cybersecurity trainings were held in the professional development center of the Georgian defense ministry on Dec. 17.

    Their goal is to intensify the cooperation on cybersecurity between governmental and non-governmental organizations.

    The training sessions were opened by the first deputy minister of defense Gocha Ratiani, director of the cybersecurity bureau Andria Gotsiridze and representative of the NATO Liaison Office Svein Amundsen.

    They stressed the importance of developing the cybersecurity in Georgia and coordinating the state and non-governmental organizations' actions in this area.

    The training sessions were held on the initiative of the cybersecurity bureau and professional development center under the Defense Ministry with the support of the NATO-Georgia professional development program.

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  • Vladimir Putin's annual press conference
    18.12.2014 15:42
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving his tenth annual press conference on Thursday. The news conference arouses extremely high expectations as it is to take place against the unprecedented background of spiraling financial and economic problems merged with worsening international ones. In the beginning of the conference Vladimir Putin will sum up the results of the year. Then the president will answer the journalists' questions.

    A Ukrainian journalist asks about the situation in eastern Ukraine and alleged participation of Russia in the combat actions in the conflict region. Those Russians who are taking part in combat operations in the south-east of Ukraine as volunteers are not mercenaries, because they are not paid for this, Putin answered. Vladimir Putin said the military operation in Ukraine's east is indeed a punitive one. Russia is ready to mediate the Ukrainian conflict settlement, according to the president. Crisis in Ukraine should be settled by political means only, not by military means or by a blockade, Putin stressed. He reminded that the tenth humanitarian convoy is on the way to eastern Ukraine. The president of Ukraine wants to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, but he's not the only one, Vladimir Putin said, adding he was one of the people initiating the Minsk agreements.

    Vladimir Putin says he thinks prisoners of war in Ukraine should be exchanged 'all for all'. The problem, according to the president, is that the lists of prisoners include innocent people that weren't involved in the conflict.
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  • Turkish officials banned to accept gifts
    18.12.2014 15:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu forbade state officials to accept gifts as of December 18, TRT Haber TV channel reported Dec. 18.

    He said that starting from today, officials are prohibited from accepting any gifts from representatives of municipalities and other people during the visits to the provinces.

    Davutoglu said that there should be a tradition such as tree planting in Turkey instead of giving gifts.

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  • New airport to appear on Iran-Azerbaijan border
    18.12.2014 15:20
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    Iran will construct a new airport on the border with Azerbaijan, on the territory of Aras free economic zone (FEZ), Managing Director of 'Arasв' FEZ Mohsen Khadem Arab-Baghi said.He said it is planned to construct the new airport in two years, adding that it will cover an area of 300 hectares, Mehr News agency reported.''The license has already been received for the construction of the airport which is important for the development of the FEZ infrastructure,'' Arab-Baghi said.''Funds for its construction have already been allocated,'' he said. ''The airport will be able to receive large passenger and cargo aircraft.'''Arasв' FEZ that was created in Iran nine years ago, covers an area of 53,000 hectares. Its territory stretches from the city of Julfa to the villages of Khudaferin, Jananlu and Gulubeyli. 'Arasв' FEZ covers an area of 21,000 hectares in the city of Julfa.

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  • Iranian MP says falling oil price not to cause significant budget deficit next year
    18.12.2014 15:20
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    Tehran, Iran, Dec. 17

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    An Iranian MP said the decline in oil price will not result in significant budget deficit in the next Iranian calendar year (to start March 21, 2015).

    Mohammad-Ali Abdolahzadeh, a member of the Planning and Budget Commission of Iranian Parliament (Majlis) told Trend Agency Dec. 17 that the oil price fall is temporary and cannot last for a long time.

    "Just 710 trillion rials (some $24.9 billion based on the proposed official exchange rate of US dollar for next year) or about one third of the next year's budget plan is based on oil revenues. So even if we lose some 200 million rials of the mentioned figure due the falling trend of oil prices, it won't have a great negative impact on the next year's total budget," he explained.

    "According to the law, some 32 percent of the country's oil revenues should go to the National Development Fund in the next calendar year, since we have to increase the fund's share by 3 percent each year and the figure was 29 percent in the current year," the MP said.

    "But based on the government's proposal just some 20 percent of the oil revenues will go to the NDF next year, so the government will have some 12 percent more to spend and compensate any price fall, "he explained.

    Abdolahzade went on to note that OPEC's decision for not cutting the organization's total output was nothing but a plot.

    "The decision was absolutely political. Some countries are willing to bear losses just to carry out their plots," he said.

    Iranian government submitted next year's budget bill to Parliament on Dec.7.

    Next year's national budget bill is based on an oil price of $72 per barrel and a projected average exchange rate of 28,500 rials to the U.S. dollar for the fiscal year.

    According to President Hassan Rouhani, the administration has taken the necessary steps to minimize any negative effects of the oil price decline.

    The government expects to export 1.3 mbpd of crude oil and condensate at $72/barrel during next fiscal year, unchanged in volume, but decreased by 28 percent in value compared to the current budget law.

    Rouhani said that about $24 billion of oil revenues are forecasted for the next fiscal year, adding that share of oil revenues in next year's budget bill has decreased to 31.5 percent compared to 45 percent of oil revenues in current year's budget.

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  • Putin says Russiaв's economic situation depends on sanctions by about 25%
    18.12.2014 15:20
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    Trend:

    Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the current situation in Russia's economy declined by only a quarter due to Western sanctions, RIA Novosti news agency reported Dec. 18.

    He said some 25-30 percent out of the total problems, if considered conditionally, is the impact of sanctions.

    "The matter doesn't lie in the Crimea, the point is that we are defending our independence, our sovereignty and the right to existence, this is what we all should understand," the president said.

    "Do we want to preserve ourselves and fight, to change our economic structure for the better, to be more independent, to go through this, or we want our skin to be hung on the wall?" Putin asked rhetorically.

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  • SOCAR president received BP Group Chief Executive
    18.12.2014 15:14
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    President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic Rovnag Abdullayev met with visiting delegation headed by BP Group Chief Executive Robert Dudley, the press service of SOCAR said.

    Rovnag Abdullayev hailed effective partner relations between the SOCAR and BP. He stressed successful realization of oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan with both companies` participation. Robert Dudley expressed his great pleasure of visiting again Azerbaijan and stated, Baku is more beautiful and develops day after day.

    BP Group Chief Executive also stressed, he was proud of BP participation in development of Azerbaijan's oil-gas industry and expressed his gratitude to Azerbaijani side for support and assistance in Azerbaijan.

    Then, the sides discussed issues of further cooperation between the companies.
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  • India makes successful launch of rocket with domestic cryogenic engine
    18.12.2014 15:00
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    India has made Thursday a successful maiden launch of a newGSLV Mark-III carrier rocket which capable of orbiting heavy satellites weighing up to four tons. The rocket is equipped with an Indian cryogenic engine.

    The lift-off was made from Indian space center on Sriharikota Island. GSLV Mark-III carries the prototype of a descent vehicle of a piloted spaceship as payload.

    India has earlier made six successful launches of similar GSLV rockets with Russian-made cryogenic engines.
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  • Putin says creation of gas hub in Turkey depends on Europe
    18.12.2014 14:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18

    Trend:

    Turkey's growing economy needs energy resources and the country raises the issue of increasing the supply of energy resources to its domestic market, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his 10th annual large press conference on Dec.18.

    He was commenting on the issue of increasing the volume of energy resources' supply to Turkey.

    The president said Russia and Turkey have already established cooperation on gas issues, adding that Ankara receives gas via the Blue Stream gas pipeline.

    The two countries have the price formulas and supply schedules and Russia is ready to sell additional volumes of gas, according to Putin.

    Commenting on the possibility of creating a gas hub on Turkish-Greek border, the president said it depends on the European partners.

    He said the creation of the hub will allow to start the supply of Russian gas to Greece, Macedonia and Baumgarten (Austria).

    During his visit to Turkey in early December, Putin announced about the abandonment of the implementation of South Stream project and the start of construction of a gas pipeline to Turkey, as well as the creation of a gas hub.

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  • Putin: Russian economy affected by external factors
    18.12.2014 14:50
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding a major annual press conference in Moscow.

    At the briefing, attended by 1,250 journalists, Putin spoke about the current economic situation in the country.

    The Russian president touched upon the current state of the financial market, noting that the current economic situation is provoked first of all by external factors. He also said that the Russian economy needs diversification.

    The president did not rule out that the financial-economic crisis would last for the next two years.

    He said measures undertaken by the Central Bank are adequate, adding that the country's economy is not dependent on these measures alone.

    "I feel optimistic that our economy will adapt to lower prices of energy carriers. The total structuring of economy will occur. This is inevitable," he stressed.
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  • Ukraineв's crisis must be resolved by political means '" Russian president
    18.12.2014 14:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    Trend:

    Russia believes that Ukraine's crisis must be resolved by political means as soon as possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press-conference today, RIA Novosti reported Dec. 18.

    The president said that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wants to resolve the situation in Ukraine, but he is not alone - many other officials are also belligerent."

    He also said that Russia will continue assisting Donbas by sending humanitarian supplies as they do now.

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  • Turkey benefits from fall in oil prices
    18.12.2014 14:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    Turkey will annually gain $32.6 million as a result of falling oil prices, Haber7 channel said Dec.18 with reference to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Taner Yildiz.

    He said that if oil prices remain at the current level, Turkey will be able to annually gain $11.9 billion on exchange difference.

    In 2013, some 18.55 million metric tons of oil were imported in the country in order to meet the needs of refineries and 2.09 million metric tons were provided by domestic production, according to the Energy Market Regulatory Agency of Turkey (EPDK).

    Reduction in the cost of oil is due to the fact that the United States, has increased its supply to the world market since spring of 2014, and this takes place against the background of events in Ukraine. At the same time, the United States and Europe lifted international sanctions on oil supplies from Iran. Decline in oil prices accelerated in summer of 2014, and it continues at present.

    On Dec.17, the price for a barrel of Brent Dated standard grade oil, produced in the North Sea was $59.96 per barrel.

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  • Electricity, gas tariffs may rise in Armenia
    18.12.2014 14:33
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Depreciation of Armenia's national currency will inevitably lead to an increase in the electricity tariffs, according to Areg Galstyan, Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister.

    Speaking at a press conference in Yerevan on December 17, he said: ''What we have witnessed in the past month will have its direct impact on our calculations and approaches.''Galstyan said no measures have been taken to avert the rise in electricity prices, saying: ''No one can say anything now. But one thing is clear that the influence will be unavoidable.''The tariff for electricity in Armenia rose twice in the past two years, as the price ran up by 27 percent in July 2013, followed by a 10 percent increase a year later. At present, households in Armenia pay 41.85 drams ($0.09) per kilowatt of electricity.One dollar is now buying 570 drams in Armenia's exchange markets, upsetting the Central Bank's forecasts at around 410-415 drams.

    Meanwhile, Gazprom Armenia, the company regulating gas operations in the country, may apply to raise gas tariffs in Armenia given the dram's sharp fluctuation.

    Shushan Sardaryan, Spokesman for Gazprom Armenia, said if the rate of foreign exchanges keeps on climbing in Armenia, causing the gas company to suffer from huge losses, Gazprom Armenia may apply to the relevant bodies to reconsider the tariffs for gas.

    "The company's specialists are conducting daily monitoring of the current financial situation in Armenia. Gazprom Armenia has the right to call for an increase of gas tariffs amid the dram's depreciation against the dollar," he noted.

    Currently, Gazprom Armenia pays $189 for 1,000 cubic meters of gas.

    Financial hassle in Armenia is continuing to inflict hard blows on various economic and industrial sectors with the dram's entrance into a free fall the chief factor. Armenia's weakening economy, which greatly depends on Russia's economic skills, promises nothing positive, but a deeper crisis and a simultaneous economic decline with Russia.

    The Armenian Central Bank urges the commercial banks to sell limited amount of dollars ($1,000 per customer) to the residents, hanging on a hope to forestall the fall of the dram.

    But every effort by the Armenian government to curb the financial scourge has been fruitless so far, as the experts see no economic prospects in the country where a super market has begun to offer special New Year loans to help the poor people celebrate the holiday.
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  • US and Cuba to normalise relations
    18.12.2014 14:28
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    The United States will "immediately" begin talks with Cuba on the re-establishment of diplomatic relations, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday, marking a sea change in US policy that has seen ties suspended since January 1961.

    "Isolation has not worked," Obama said. "It's time for a new approach."

    Obama has instructed US Secretary of State John Kerry ''to immediately begin discussions with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations'', which were severed in January 1961.

    ''We will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalise relations between our two countries,'' Obama said.

    In the coming months, a US embassy will be re-established in Havana and high-level exchanges between the two governments will be initiated as part of the normalisation process.

    Speaking as Obama delivered his speech from the White House, Cuban President Raul Castro said he welcomed the restoration of ties with the United States. In a nationally broadcast speech, he said profound differences remain between Havana and Washington on areas such as human rights, foreign policy and questions of sovereignty.

    But he said the two countries must learn to negotiate their differences ''in a civilised manner'', adding: ''We propose to the Government of the United States the adoption of mutual steps to improve the bilateral atmosphere and advance towards normalisation of relations between our two countries, based on the principles of International Law and the United Nations Charter.''

    The White House said earlier in the day that the decision to suspend diplomatic ties for more than a half-century had failed to achieve the desired effect and in some ways had undercut US interests.

    ''It is clear that decades of US isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba,'' the White House said in a statement ahead of the president's remarks. ''At times, longstanding US policy towards Cuba has isolated the United States from regional and international partners, [and] constrained our ability to influence outcomes throughout the Western Hemisphere.''

    The new relaxed rules will allow the United States to work with Cuba ''on matters of mutual concern'' including migration, counter-narcotics, environmental protection and human trafficking, the White House said.
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  • U.S. vows strong support to Georgia's economic reforms
    18.12.2014 14:28
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The U.S. government has launched a new five-year project titled "Governing for Growth (G4G) in Georgia" to support Georgiaв's economic reforms.

    The U.S, Agency for International Development officially launched the new $19.3 million project in Tbilisi on December 11.

    Stephen Haykin, USAID Mission Director, once more emphasized the US governmentв's strong support for Georgiaв's economic development.

    The G4G was designed to enhance governance in specific business areas, including tax and customs administration, trade facilitation, land registration, electricity trading policy and water resource management.

    "We believe that a quality, inclusive dialogue, and especially a well-informed evidence-based policy making will lead to passing of laws that work more effectively with better compliance'', said Milo Stevanovich, G4G Chief of Party.

    The G4G will begin in those spheres where the other USAID projects have been left off earlier. The EPI (Economic Prosperity Initiative), HIPP (Hydropower Investment Promotion Project), and HPEP (Hydro Power and Energy Planning) projects boosted Georgiaв's competitiveness in energy, agriculture, trading, and manufacturing fields of great significance, as well as improved Georgiaв's business environment.

    The G4G aims to intensify support for Georgian-led reform efforts based on the gains from the previous initiatives. The project will be directed to build a culture of collaborative consultation where policies and laws will benefit from a constructive public input.
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  • US recognizes Karabakh conflict as geopolitical risk in 2015
    18.12.2014 14:27
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    More than 2,200 government officials were interviewed.

    Terrorist attack on US, an armed confrontation in the South China Sea and the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia are just three of the 34 geopolitical risks that the US Council on Foreign Relations has included in its "Global Conflict Tracker" forecast for the coming year, Oxu.Az reports referring to the "Business Insider India" website.

    Each year, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is releasing this study in an attempt to predict the global events that affect the United States and its interests.

    CFR's Center for Preventive Action (CPA) interviewed more than 1,200 government officials, academics, and experts to evaluate a list of thirty conflicts that could break out or escalate in 2015.

    Among the most serious threats in Asia the website identified the following: armed conflict in the South China Sea, the crisis in North Korea, the Sino-Japanese confrontation in the East China Sea, the confrontation between India and Pakistan, the confrontation between China and India, ethnic unrest in China.
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  • Azerbaijan rejects legalization of surrogacy once and for all
    18.12.2014 14:27
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    The issue of legalizing surrogacy has been removed from the agenda of the Azerbaijani Parliament once and for all because of negative public attitude.

    The statement came from chairman of the Committee on social policy of the Azerbaijani Parliament Hadi Rajabli told APA.

    The MP noted that as the matter caused public discontent in terms of mentality and other possible complications, it was removed from the agenda of the Azerbaijani Parliament once for all.

    The legalization of surrogacy has long been discussed by the Azerbaijani parliament and society.
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  • Bulgaria seeks Azerbaijani investment
    18.12.2014 14:22
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Bulgaria is interested in attracting Azerbaijani investments in different fields, said Emil Kerimov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Bulgaria.He noted that a business-forum aimed on establishing closer business relations between the two countries is planned to be held further. The investment opportunities of the country will also be featured during the forum.The diplomat called agriculture and tourism as the foreground fields for development of cooperation between the two sides.Bulgarian Agriculture Minister visited Azerbaijan in May 2014. The two countries signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of agriculture.

    ''Bulgaria with its great opportunities and experience in this field is a very important country for us. Bulgaria has an experience in specialist training in this field,'' he said. ''An agreement on cooperation between Ganja Agricultural Academy and Plovdiv Agriculture University has already been signed. As part of the agreement, the two sides are expected to exchange experience with each other. Bulgaria may also export agricultural fertilizers as well as machinery to Azerbaijan.''

    Tourism is another sphere for cooperation between the two countries. Tourist field in Bulgaria is very developed.

    The Tourism Ministry is interested in the growing tourist flow. Today, the two countries do not have a direct air flights. However, if the tourist flow grows, the two countries may think about launching the flight, the ambassador added.

    The potential trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria does not correspond with the existing turnover. For the nine months of this year the trade turnover between them amounted at $123 million, according to the Azerbaijan State Statistics Committee.

    Generally, Kerimov praised this year in terms of economic relations, calling it productive enough for cooperation.''During the year, many mutual official and business visits, including visits of president, prime-minister, economy, agriculture, education ministers of Bulgaria to Azerbaijan were carried out. This year the Energy and Industry Minister, SOCARв's head visited Bulgaria,'' he stressed.

    Kerimov added that only this year 10 documents were signed in such areas as environment, banking, education and law-energy.

    Bulgaria recognized the independence of Azerbaijan on January 14, 1992. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on June 5, 1992. The embassy of Bulgaria in Azerbaijan was opened in December 1999.
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  • Azerbaijan rejects legalization of surrogacy once and for all
    18.12.2014 14:15
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    The issue of legalizing surrogacy has been removed from the agenda of the Azerbaijani Parliament once and for all because of negative public attitude.

    The statement came from chairman of the Committee on social policy of the Azerbaijani Parliament Hadi Rajabli told APA.

    The MP noted that as the matter caused public discontent in terms of mentality and other possible complications, it was removed from the agenda of the Azerbaijani Parliament once for all.

    The legalization of surrogacy has long been discussed by the Azerbaijani parliament and society.
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  • BSE limits acceptance of applications for USD/RUR pair
    18.12.2014 14:10
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Baku Stock Exchange CJSC limited acceptance of applications within the derivative margin trading instrument related to the USD/RUR pair due to its low liquidity on the international markets, said the message of the stock exchange Dec.18.

    "Operations, on which the applications on the USD/ RUR pair were implemented earlier, may be closed at any time," said the message. "The recovery for applications will be announced later."

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  • Azerbaijani parliament raises issue of using Azerbaijani language at international organizations
    18.12.2014 14:02
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    Baku. Mubariz Aslanov '" APA. It is proposed to use the Azerbaijani language at international organizations.

    MP Musa Guliyev made such a proposal today in his speech at the parliament's meeting.

    M. Guliyev remarked the recent appointment of MP Asaf Hajiyev as the secretary general of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, stressing that the time has come for the use of the Azerbaijani language at international organizations and our delegations to make their speech in their native language.

    "For this purpose, we can think of allocating funds out of next year's budget to have Azerbaijan-funded interpreters working at all international organizations so that there would be speeches in the Azerbaijani language," he said.

    Speaker Ogtay Asadov said he backs M. Guliyev's proposal.

    "It's a great idea. We can negotiate with international organizations to realize it", Asadov stressed.
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  • First Lady visits Ateshgah Temple
    18.12.2014 14:00
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    Azerbaijan`s first lady, chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva visited the ''Ateshgah Temple'' State Historical Architectural Reserve to inspect preparedness of cultural monuments for the Baku 2015 European Games.The ''Ateshgah Temple'' State Historical Architectural Reserve is located in Surakhani district of Baku and included in the UNESCO`s Preliminary World Heritage List.Chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva viewed the Reserve.At the first meeting of the Organizing Committee last February Mehriban Aliyeva noted that ''It is of paramount importance that the city of Baku, which will host the European Games, is properly prepared for the Games. Proposals for improvement of the urban infrastructure, development of the transport system, provision of security, optimization of medical services, wide utilization of information and communication facilities and planning of tourism itineraries and cultural programs are being developed by responsible organizations.''First lady Mehriban Aliyeva praised the conditions created at the Reserve.
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