Baku, Azerbaijan, June 5 Trend: The European Union is committed to constructive cooperation in Central Asia and does not want to participate in the geopolitical games of the region, Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia said June 5, RIA Novosti reported. "The EU clearly states that we do not want to participate in various geopolitical games in the region. We want to cooperate constructively, contribute to the sustainable development, prosperity and security of this region," Burian said at "Astana: The City of Peace" international conference. He noted that the EU welcomes the initiatives of other major players and partners in the region, including China with "One Belt, One Road" initiative. "We believe that Central Asia will play a key role as a link between Asia and Europe," he said. Follow Trend on Telegram. Only most interesting and important news … [Read more...] about EU expresses readiness to co-op with Central Asia
By Kamila Aliyeva One of the largest hydro power plants in Tajikistan can be included in the “Central Asia” project. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his Tajik counterpart Kokhir Rasulzoda held talks in Dushanbe on May 31. They discussed issues of economic cooperation and its integrated development, as well as work on ongoing projects such as Sangtuda HPP-1, the press service of the Russian government said in a message. “Our largest project for today is Sangtudinskaya HPP-1. I remember how, almost 10 years ago, with respected Emomali Sharipovich (President of Tajikistan), this station was opened. We know how important this project is for Tajikistan. It is no less important for Russia, the knowledge of our specialists, our technologies, our investments are combined in it. Therefore, it is in the common interest to maximize the impact of its work,” Medvedev said at a press conference following the talks. Medvedes said that it is possible while answering … [Read more...] about Tajikistan’s HPP may be included in “Central Asia” project
Kyrgyzstan appears to be waging a major battle on its own soil against alleged members of "international terrorist organizations." In less than 12 months, there have been at least 28 security operations that resulted in apprehending suspects who Kyrgyz authorities say were connected to terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. The picture is not at all clear, but the frequency of detentions is striking. Before diving into the topic, some background. Kyrgyzstan is widely recognized as being more open than other Central Asian republics. Media are generally able to cover a greater variety of stories, including the apprehension of suspected militants; but that also suggests Kyrgyzstan might be the easiest country in the region for militants or people connected to international terrorist groups to enter. While there are undoubtedly militants returning elsewhere in the region, it is possible their numbers are more limited outside of Kyrgyzstan, given the more rigorous screening in countries like, … [Read more...] about Analysis: Are Central Asia’s Militants Already Coming Home From The Middle East?
This week’s show starts off by addressing the Washington Examiner’s calls for Ukraine to bomb the newly opened Crimean Bridge. From there, we then discuss what Kiev wanted to accomplish by jailing the head of the national RIA Novosti branch and charging him with “high treason”. After that, our next topic is the differing US and Russian threat assessments of Daesh in Central Asia. Once that’s done, we then analyze how Iraq’s Moqtada al-Sadr is engaging in a complex “balancing” act between Iran and Saudi Arabia. And finally, our top story of the week is that Rosneft is drilling for oil off the South China Sea coast of Vietnam in an area claimed by China. Send us an email at [email protected] or find us on Facebook! … [Read more...] about Rosneft & Vietnam, Sadr’s Balancing Act, Daesh in Central Asia
CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov. An archive photo MOSCOW, 18 May (BelTA) – Challenges and threats to military security in Central Asia will be discussed at a session of the Defense Ministers Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Astana, Kazakhstan on 23 May, CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov told BelTA.Participants of the meeting will have to approve a plan for the joint training of command and control bodies as well as forces and assets of the CSTO collective security system in 2019. They will also have to approve a plan for consultations between representatives of the CSTO member states on matters of foreign policy, security, and defense in H2 2018 – H1 2019. An action plan to implement the concept for developing the system for jointly training military personnel for the CSTO armies for the period till 2020 will be adopted as well.The CSTO defense ministers are expected to approve a draft resolution of the CSTO … [Read more...] about CSTO defense ministers to meet in Astana to discuss security threats in Central Asia