#AceNewsServices – October 01 – ASTRAKHAN, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. The Heads of State of all the five Caspian countries have gathered for the 4th Caspian Summit which has begun in Astrakhan.
Prior to the commencement of the meeting, Russian leader Vladimir Putin as Head of State of the hosting country held an official ceremony to welcome his counterparts. Then, after a photo session, they proceeded to the conference hall where a meeting in a narrow format began.
At a narrow-format meeting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said the leaders of the Caspian Five intend to reach mutually acceptable agreements that will promote a further step-up of economic cooperation and enhance security in the region.
The Russian leader pointed out that as a result of Monday’s meeting it is planned to adopt a political statement which must become “the cornerstone of a future basic document a Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea”
“I am convinced that a further step-up of cooperation among our five states will contribute to strengthening regional stability and raising effectiveness in the fight against terrorism, extremism, the trafficking in narcotics, and other challenges and threats, as well as give an additional impetus to the economic development of our states, and raise their competitiveness on the world markets,” Putin said.
Vladimir Putin proposed that the five Caspian littoral countries – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan could conduct joint exercises on emergency prevention in the Caspian region in 2016.
“We propose to hold full-scale five-party exercises of emergency response services in 2016 that will allow us to practise the warning procedure and coordination between rescue units,” Putin said.
On Monday the five countries will sign an agreement on warning and liquidating emergencies in the Caspian Sea, Putin said. “It is necessary to continue the work on improving the legal base and further efforts aimed at elaborating common norms and standards of the activity on the Caspian Sea,” he said.
“It is necessary to complete the ratification of protocols on oil spill response, on the protection of the Caspian Sea from pollution and on preserving biological diversity as soon as possible. They were adopted to concretise the Tehran Convention for the Protection of Marine Environment in 2003,” Putin said.
Among the priorities he named the expansion of cooperation in the weather forecast, the climate and the environment of the Caspian Sea. “We hope that the signing of a five-party agreement on cooperation in hydrometeorology will increase security and predictability of navigation and development of hydrocarbon shelf deposits,” he added.
“Wellbeing in the Caspian Sea is our common responsibility. We should do everything possible to strengthen stability and security in the region and speed up the economic development of all Caspian states,” Putin said.
Caspian Summit agenda
Talks are then to be held in a broader format, after which joint documents are due to be signed and statements for the press will be made. An informal part of the program has also been plannned out. In particular, the leaders of the Caspian countries will take a stroll along the Volga River embankment where a symbolic release of sturgeon fry into the river will be effected.
Apart from attending the summit proceeding, Putin will hold separate meetings with the Presidents of Iran, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan. Putin will resume conversations with Kazakhstan’s President on Tuesday during a forum of border regions in Kazakhstani Atyrau.
The Caspian Sea status issue
The Russian leadership hopes that the Caspian summit will help make headway in a long process of negotiations on the status and delimitation of water areas of the Caspian Sea. A joint political statement to be made by the presidents of the five Caspian states will be a cornerstone of the future Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea.
The Caspian sea is a unique water area in terms of its bio and ecological resource, which includes more than 500 kinds of sea plants and 854 kinds of fish species, including the Caspian sturgeon which accounts for 90% of the world stock of sturgeon fish.
A predicted amount of Caspian hydrocarbon resources has been estimated at around 18 billion tons, with the proved reserves put at four billion tons, which brings the Caspian Sea to second position after the Persian Gulf in the rating of the world biggest oil and gas reserves.
The first Caspian summit was held in Ashgabat in 2002; the second one five years later in Tehran, and a third one in Baku in November 2010. After Astrakhan, the baton of Caspian summits will pass on to Kazakhstan.
Tsarnaev is accused in the attack in 2013 that left three people dead and more than 250 injured.
Prosecutors said that after Kadyrbayev and another friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, determined that Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombings, they removed items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room.
Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, both from Kazakhstan, were accused of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly helping bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover up the bombings that left three people dead and more than 250 injured..
At the plea hearing on Thursday, the prosecutor read the government’s facts in the case, WCVB reports. Asked by the judge if that is what happened, Kadyrbayev replied, "Yes."
Under the terms of the deal, Kadyrbayev — who faced up to 25 years in prison — would be sentenced to no more than 7 years. He would also be deported to Kazakhstan to serve out his sentence.
The judge in the case did not immediately rule on the plea agreement and set sentencing for November.
AceWorldNews – ASTANA – May 04 – After many years of negotiating and many hurdles this year Kazakhstan hopes to gain the status of a full-fledged member state of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) already this year, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said, opening a meeting of the Asian Bank Board of Governors here on Sunday.
“Kazakhstan’s entry talks in the WTO are about to be finalised. We hope to gain the status of a full-fledged WTO member state already this year,” Nazarbayev noted.
As matters have been in a on off situation for many a year and thoughts of 2012 were still in mind, this may or may not still take place, even though the last negotiating stage has been passed.
#AceWorldNews – CHISINAU – May 01 – Moldovans celebrated May Day with rallies in support of accession to the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.
The opposition communist and socialist parties took thousands of people to streets in Chisinau, the capital of the country, under this motto. “We are for integration with Russia and see the future of our country in the Customs Union, because the agreements imposed upon Chisinau by Brussels are disadvantageous,” former Deputy Prime Minister Igor Dodon said.
He believes that this question has been raised now because Moldova is at a crossroads and should make its choice that will be critical for its future. “We can’t sit in two chairs at once. Look at what is happening in neighbouring Ukraine.
If the authorities keep dividing the country into ‘us’ and ‘them’, and limit the use of the Russian language, we will face the same plight,” Dodon said and urged all left-wing parties to unite under these ideas.
#AceWorldNews – ASTANA – April 19 – Several passenger train carriages derailed in northern Kazakhstan on Saturday, April 19, injuring a number of people, the Kazinform news agency reported.
The accident occurred near the station Sagiz some 200 km from Atyrau on the Caspian Sea to which the train was travelling from the former capital of Almaty.
The news agency cited one of the passengers as saying by phone that “no one has been killed but quite many are injured”.
“Some are getting medical attention at the scene, others with bone fractures are being taken away by ambulances.
There is no panic,” the passenger said.
#AceWorldNews – DUSHANBE – March 31 – China is satisfied with the level of bilateral cooperation in all spheres, including military and military-technical and guarantees assistance to Tajikistan in the strengthening of its defence capacity,” Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan said.
He said China would supply military uniforms and help in the training of military personnel, adding that this would involve “hundreds of millions of dollars”.
The Chinese side also gave high marks to Tajikistan’s presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which brings together China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
President Emomali Rakhmon, for his part, referred to China as “a good neighbour, a devoted friend and trustworthy partner”.
The Tajik leader praised cooperation of the two countries in the fight against drug expansion and other global challenges and threats.
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#AceBreakingNews – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak asked Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev by telephone on Monday for assistance in searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing-777 plane, the Kyrgyz presidential press service reports.
The Malaysian premier asked Kyrgyzstan to provide any information which could help in reconstructing the plane’s possible route, which could pass through Kyrgyzstan’s airspace.
Atambayev promised that the Civil Aviation Agency set up under the Kyrgyz Ministry of Transport and Communications as well as the republic’s air defence forces would provide all the necessary information to Malaysia.
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#AceWorldNews Two Russian television broadcast satellites have been taken into the orbit on top of a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Express AT1 and Express AT2 communications satellites are designed to broadcast television signals and data services for the Russian Satellite Communications Company.
The satellites will be positioned 22,300 miles above the equator.
They are expected to remain in space for 15 years.
#AceWorldNews (Reuters) – A missing Malaysian airliner was likely to have been deliberately steered to a course that could have taken it anywhere from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia’s prime minister said on Saturday.
Minutes after Malaysian leader Najib Razak outlined investigators’ latest findings about flight MH370, police began searching the house of the aircraft’s 53-year-old captain for any evidence that he could have been involved in foul play.
Najib said the plane’s final communication with satellites placed it somewhere in one of two corridors: a northern corridor stretching from northern Thailand to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, or a southern corridor stretching from Indonesia to the vast southern Indian Ocean.
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#AceWorldNews says that the US barred a group of Russian agriculture officials from entering the country for a planned negotiation over Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization.
The talks were to be held between Tuesday and Thursday in Washington. Russian experts from Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) were to help Russia’s partner in the Customs Union to harmonize Kazakh local regulations with those used by WTO members.
“Less than a day before the scheduled flight the US Embassy informed via email and phone the deputy head of Rosselkhoznadzor, Nikolay Vlasov, who was to head the Russian negotiation team, that the visit of the Russian experts is unacceptable for the US,” the agriculture regulator said in a statement.
The statement branded the US move “sabotage.”
The Kazakh team had no problems going to the US, the statement said.
The visa denial comes after the US threatened Russia with economic isolation over its stance on Ukraine. Russia approved a possible deployment of Russian troops in Ukraine, if it were needed for protection of ethnic Russians living there from violence.
The self-proclaimed government in Kiev called it “a declaration of war” and announced military mobilization.
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#AceNewsServices says in their document, residents of Ukraine’s Crimea stated their civil position, based on “the inadmissibility of interference of EU countries and the United States in internal affairs” of the country.
“In this note of protest, we demand from the US diplomatic mission in Ukraine, from diplomatic missions of the EU countries, from all their state and political activists to be maximally regard during their frequent and often importunate visits to our house, and not to bring along ultimatums, threats, blackmail or engage in empty rhetoric,” the statement said.
“The absolute majority of Crimean citizens are in sympathy with Russia in their foreign policy views, and want Ukraine’s entry into the Customs Union [of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan],” it said. “We see everything and know that the Russian Federation and its allies have assumed a diplomatically reasonable and restrained stance in their statements on the domestic political situation in Ukraine, and don’t add fuel to the fire,” it added.
“We expect the same from the US and the European Union, as well as from some other foreign states,” the note said. The Crimean residents said they did not support “either enslaving European integration processes or neo-Nazis shedding blood for that very integration.”
#AceWorldNews says “United Nations” independent “Human Rights” experts today urged the “Spanish Government” to reconsider its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov, who oversaw security for a Kazakh businessman and prominent opposition leader, on grounds that he may be tortured or receive an unfair trial if extradited.
“All countries must ensure that extradition does not put an individual at risk of persecution, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment,” the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, said. “Spain must adopt all necessary measures to safeguard Mr. Pavlov’s rights and physical integrity.”
In the same news release from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, stressed that the human rights of foreigners are no less important than the rights of citizens in any country, “The question we should ask ourselves is: would we as confidently send a citizen to the same fate?”
Mr. Pavlov, who formerly worked for opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, was detained by Spanish authorities in 2012 on an Interpol warrant requested by Kazakhstan, which accuses him of financial and terrorism-related crimes.
On 18 November 2013, Spain’s high court, the Audiencia Nacional, approved Mr. Pavlov’s extradition, but the decision now rests with the Council of Ministers.
The two UN experts have called on the Council to consider Mr. Pavlov’s appeal based on the substantial fears that he might be tortured or unfairly tried.
Since July 2013, the two human rights experts, together with the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, have engaged with the Spanish Government concerning Mr. Pavlov’s case.
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