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Caspian Sea Region: Legal Issues Legal Issues

CASPIAN SEA ISSUES Questions surrounding the legal status of the Caspian Sea have hindered--but not stopped--further development of the Sea's mineral resources. Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to the independence of three new countries

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Georgian FM: No need to buy more gas from Gazprom Energy

Trend: The Georgian government aims at ensuring stable and uninterrupted gas supply, Mikheil Janelidze, Georgian foreign minister, said. Janelidze made this statement following the negotiations and the agreement with SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan). The gas supply was problematic after the recent

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Azerbaijan’s SOCAR reviving Iran deals Energy

Azerbaijan’s state oil firm SOCAR says it is looking to revive trade with Iran as the two neighbors are strengthening relations after the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.  Azeri President Ilham Aliyev arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to

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Iran invited to Doha oil freeze talks Energy

Iran invited to Doha oil freeze talks Qatar’s media said on Wednesday that the country has invited Iran to join talks over implementing a proposed oil production freeze to help stabilize prices. Qatar’s Ministry of Energy and Industry has

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Iran using Asian help to revamp refineries Energy

Iran using Asian help to revamp refineries Iran said on Friday that it is working with Asian investors and builders to revamp several of its key refineries. Abbas Kazemi, the managing director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and

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Doha oil meeting helpful, yet not ideal Energy

The upcoming Doha meeting on oil production will yield positive results on prices, yet it is far from an ideal move, said Mohammad Ali Khatibi, former Iranian representative in OPEC. The reason is that the meeting is going to focus on

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SOCAR hopes major oil contract to be prolonged soon Energy

Trend: Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR continues talks with its partners on signing a contract to continue the development of Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) block of oil and gas fields and hopes for speedy solution of this issue, says SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev. An

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Iran’s oil, condensate export surpasses 2 mbpd Energy

Iran’s oil export has recently surpassed two million barrels per day, the country’s oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said. “The country now is exporting over two million barrels of gas condensates and crude oil per day,” Zanganeh said, Mehr news agency

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Ukraine formally joins Trans-Caspian Int’l Transport Route Investment

Ukraine formally joins Trans-Caspian Int’l Transport Route Ukrainian Railways Company Ukrzaliznytsia is drafting a proposal for joining the project of transporting containers via Trans-Caspian International Transport Route connecting Europe with China via Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The company has been holding respective

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Turkmenistan advancing on South Asian gas market Energy

Turkmenistan advancing on South Asian gas market Trend: Despite skepticism of some experts regarding the progress of construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, which dates back to 2010, the deal started rolling. The State Concern 'Turkmengaz',

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Russian oil CEO: We won't do deals with OPEC Energy

Russian oil CEO: We won't do deals with OPEC MOSCOW (CNNMoney) —A top Russian oil executive may just have killed off any lingering talk of an agreement among producing countries to freeze output. The world's top exporters, including Russia,

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Iran, Azerbaijan to step up ICT coop Investment

Iran, Azerbaijan to step up ICT coop In a meeting between Iran's ICT minister and Azeri counterpart in Baku, the two sides stressed cooperation in the fields of communication, satellites, post and post bank. Mahmoud Vaezi, who is

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Iran Oil Show 2016 kicks off Energy

Iran Oil Show 2016 kicks off The 21st International Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Exhibition started work here Thursday for four days. Near 2,000 companies from Iran and 38 world countries have attended Iran Oil Show this year.

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Iran launches talks with 4 states over oil swap Energy

Iran launches talks with 4 states over oil swap Deputy oil minister has reported on negotiations with Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia on oil swap resumption. Speaking at the conference on development of Iran-China economic trade cooperation

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Gazprom executives to visit Tehran Energy

Gazprom executives to visit Tehran A 30-strong delegation of Russia’s Gazprom Company, the world’s largest gas exporter, will soon travel to Tehran to launch fresh round of talks with Iran. Headed by Deputy Chairman of Gazprom's Board

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SOCAR to purchase gas from Russia Energy

SOCAR to purchase gas from Russia Natural resource rich Azerbaijan decided to purchase gas from neighboring Russia in order to maintain oil production. Azerbaijan's state-owned energy company SOCAR submitted a proposal to Russian Gazprom to purchase from 3 to 5 billion

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Turkmenistan looking to Belarus as a transit partner Investment

Turkmenistan looking to Belarus as a transit partner Turkmenistan views Belarus as a promising partner in a large-scale transit project, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov told reporters after his talks with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on May 11, BelTA

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Iran to export agricultural products to Russia Investment

Iran to export agricultural products to Russia Deputy agriculture minister said Iran’s agricultural and fishery products will be deployed to Russia via Tehran-Astrakhan direct flights. Iranian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Hassan Salehi announced the launch of direct

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EBRD Mulls SGC Loan Energy

EBRD Mulls SGC Loan EBRD Mulls SGC Loan The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is ready to support the southern gas corridor (SGC) project, its president Suma Chakrabarti told reporters in Baku May 25. Chakrabarti said the EBRD has firmly committed

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Iran ready to join European power grid Energy

Iran ready to join European power grid   Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian has announced the country’s readiness to join the electricity grid of Europe. Speaking at a meeting with Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnák in Tehran,

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Caspian Overview: China Eyes Growth in Azerbaijan Energy

Caspian Overview: China Eyes Growth in Azerbaijan   China has held negotiations with Azerbaijan’s state oil company (Socar) over a $17bn downstream project twice in the last two months, this time leading to a memorandum of understanding. China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has

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Iran, Russia in talks over electricity exchange Energy

Iran, Russia in talks over electricity exchange   A new report says Iran and Russia are in final talks over electricity exchange during high seasons. Payam Baqeri, head of Export Committee of the Iranian Power Industry Union, has told the Azerbaijan

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Caspian Overview: Azerbaijan Talks with Gazprom Energy

Caspian Overview: Azerbaijan Talks with Gazprom Azerbaijan’s energy monpoly Socar produced 5.4% less gas in the first five months of the year than in the same period of 2015. Output stood at 2.65bn m3, according to Socar’s latest figures, of

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Barter Enables Iran-Turkmenistan Gas Trade Energy

Iran will import gas worth $30bn from Turkmenistan over the next ten years in exchange for engineering goods and services of the same value. Oil ministry representative Mohammad Taqi Amanpour said June 27 that the two countries had finalized $2.5bn of

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EBRD Considers TAP Funding Energy

EBRD Considers TAP Funding   The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has confirmed that it started talks to provide direct financing of €500mn and attract €1bn from banks for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will bring Azeri gas from

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Iran, Russia want broader ICT cooperation science

Iran, Russia want broader ICT cooperation   Iran and Russia have called for stronger measures to promote cooperation in the area of telecommunications and cyberspace. This was expressed in a meeting between Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud

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Russian, Iranian nuclear officials hold talks science

Russian, Iranian nuclear officials hold talks    Nikolai Spassky, Rosatom’s deputy head, and Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi on Wednesday discussed ways to accelerate implementation of joint nuclear projects in Iran, including construction of new nuclear power plants

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Iran in talks with ‘Roscosmos’ for satellite building science

Iran in talks with ‘Roscosmos’ for satellite building   ICT Minister Vaezi said Iran is currently negotiating with Russia’s State Corporation for Space Activities ‘Roscosmos’ to reach the right deal for construction and launch of a national remote-sensing satellite. Mahmoud Vaezi,

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Iran, Russia map out rival to Suez Canal Investment

Iran, Russia map out rival to Suez Canal   The International North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC), a multi-model route to link India and the Middle East to the Caucasus, Central Asia and Europe, is being nurtured for significantly reducing costs and travel time

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Iran, Azerbaijan ink 6 MoUs in Baku Investment

Iran, Azerbaijan ink 6 MoUs in Baku The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan signed six memoranda of understanding in Baku on Sun. to further deepen ties between the two countries. In the ceremony

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Kazak president to visit Baku Political and military events

Kazak president to visit Baku   Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will visit Azerbaijan, Serbia, Armenia and a number of other countries in 2016. Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov announced about this at a briefing on August 17, RIA Novosti reported. In June, Idrissov

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Iran ready to swap oil with Russia Energy

Iran ready to swap oil with Russia   Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has reported on negotiations between Iran and Russia for oil swap. Speaking at a live IRIB program, Zanganeh said several domestic and foreign companies have launched

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Do Russian women bathe in the burkini? cultural

Do Russian women bathe in the burkini?   Wearing a Muslim swimsuit is not common among Russian followers of Islam: They prefer to bathe dressed in ordinary clothes, covering the entire body, or in bathing suits. However, in one part

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Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West Energy

Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West   Turkmenistan, an energy-rich Central Asian nation with abundant hydrocarbon reserves, is keen to diversify the routes of its gas export. Being the sixth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserves, the

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Iran focused on small reactors: Salehi science

Iran focused on small reactors: Salehi   The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization told the Sputnik, the Russian news outlet, that developing Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) is the current nuclear strategy of Iran. “Currently Iran is mulling

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Oil Rebounds on Talk of Russia-Iran-OPEC Cooperation Energy

Oil Rebounds on Talk of Russia-Iran-OPEC Cooperation Russia supports year-long deal to stabilize oil, its OPEC representative tells Interfax Oil prices rebounded from a new one-month low Tuesday after further talk of cooperation to cap output among the world’s largest oil exporters. Russia

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Russia Ups Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting Energy

Russia Ups Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting Russia Ups Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting Russia could soon become the world’s biggest oil producer if it continues pumping oil at levels not seen since Soviet times. Russian Energy Ministry data shows that

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Putin and Berdimuhamedov meet in Moscow Investment

Today, the Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Moscow. The two leaders discussed key issues of bilateral cooperation and exchange views on important regional issues during the talks. Russian President noted that

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Dubai hosts Kazakhstan trade mission Investment

IIKSS - Dubai hosted a trade mission of Kazakhstani producers organized by the Kazakh Agency for Export and Investment KAZNEX INVEST, Ministry for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dubai with

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Saudi agency to offer $500 mn loan for TAPI project Energy

IIKSS - Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank had agreed to provide USD 500 million loan to part-finance the USD 15 billion Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline project. "An agreement to provide for the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

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Railway to connect Iran to Central Asian states Investment

IIKSS - RAI deputy has reported on negotiations for launching railroad connection among Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Mir-Hassan Mousavi, Deputy of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (RAI) made the remarks saying “the talks have kicked off in

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China’s strategy in the Caucasus Investment

IIKSS- When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled “The Silk Road Effect” at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, they were predictably eager to promote the importance of the China-led Silk Road

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Caspian Sea-Black Sea Transport Investment

As a result of a recent meeting, a Turkmen-Romanian working group cooperating in the field of transport, have decided that in order to progress the signing of the political declaration on the creation of the Caspian Sea-Black Sea transport and transit

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Caspian Sea-Black Sea Transport Investment

As a result of a recent meeting, a Turkmen-Romanian working group cooperating in the field of transport, have decided that in order to progress the signing of the political declaration on the creation of the Caspian Sea-Black Sea transport and transit

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China’s strategy in the Caucasus Investment

IIKSS- When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled “The Silk Road Effect” at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, they were predictably eager to promote the importance of the China-led Silk Road

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Railway to connect Iran to Central Asian states Investment

IIKSS - RAI deputy has reported on negotiations for launching railroad connection among Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Mir-Hassan Mousavi, Deputy of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (RAI) made the remarks saying “the talks have kicked off in

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Saudi agency to offer $500 mn loan for TAPI project Energy

IIKSS - Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank had agreed to provide USD 500 million loan to part-finance the USD 15 billion Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline project. "An agreement to provide for the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

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Dubai hosts Kazakhstan trade mission Investment

IIKSS - Dubai hosted a trade mission of Kazakhstani producers organized by the Kazakh Agency for Export and Investment KAZNEX INVEST, Ministry for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dubai with

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Putin and Berdimuhamedov meet in Moscow Investment

Today, the Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Moscow. The two leaders discussed key issues of bilateral cooperation and exchange views on important regional issues during the talks. Russian President noted that

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Russia Ups Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting Energy

Russia Ups Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting Russia Ups Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting Russia could soon become the world’s biggest oil producer if it continues pumping oil at levels not seen since Soviet times. Russian Energy Ministry data shows that

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Oil Rebounds on Talk of Russia-Iran-OPEC Cooperation Energy

Oil Rebounds on Talk of Russia-Iran-OPEC Cooperation Russia supports year-long deal to stabilize oil, its OPEC representative tells Interfax Oil prices rebounded from a new one-month low Tuesday after further talk of cooperation to cap output among the world’s largest oil exporters. Russia

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Iran focused on small reactors: Salehi science

Iran focused on small reactors: Salehi   The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization told the Sputnik, the Russian news outlet, that developing Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) is the current nuclear strategy of Iran. “Currently Iran is mulling

read more

Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West Energy

Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West   Turkmenistan, an energy-rich Central Asian nation with abundant hydrocarbon reserves, is keen to diversify the routes of its gas export. Being the sixth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserves, the

read more

Do Russian women bathe in the burkini? cultural

Do Russian women bathe in the burkini?   Wearing a Muslim swimsuit is not common among Russian followers of Islam: They prefer to bathe dressed in ordinary clothes, covering the entire body, or in bathing suits. However, in one part

read more

Iran ready to swap oil with Russia Energy

Iran ready to swap oil with Russia   Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has reported on negotiations between Iran and Russia for oil swap. Speaking at a live IRIB program, Zanganeh said several domestic and foreign companies have launched

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Kazak president to visit Baku Political and military events

Kazak president to visit Baku   Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will visit Azerbaijan, Serbia, Armenia and a number of other countries in 2016. Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov announced about this at a briefing on August 17, RIA Novosti reported. In June, Idrissov

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