Tag: Kyrgyzstan

For #Armenia, an alliance that may be more trouble than it’s worth

For #Armenia, an alliance that may be more trouble than it’s worth

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan at a CSTO meeting in October 2016. Photo via Getty Images Anahit Shirinyan Academy Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme Chatham House Similar to other Eurasian regional groupings, the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is an alliance of inconvenience at best. But for Armenia, which seeks a security umbrella – and […]

Continue Reading

#CIS: The quarter-century milestone

#CIS: The quarter-century milestone

| October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), writes Martin Banks. This is an association of former Soviet republics that was established in December 1991 by Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus to help ease the dissolution of the Soviet Union and coordinate inter-republican affairs. Most of the former Soviet republics are […]

Continue Reading

#China ratifies UN TIR Convention with new trade prospects in view

#China ratifies UN TIR Convention with new trade prospects in view

The People’s Republic of China has become the 70th country to ratify the United Nation’s TIR Convention, the global standard for international freight customs transit.  China’s ratification is an important step in improving land and multimodal transport between Asia and Europe, and a sign of the country’s steady integration into global transport and trade norms. […]

Continue Reading

#GMB slams Commission over dumping of steel from China

#GMB slams Commission over dumping of steel from China

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

GMB, the union for steel workers, commented on the discussions in the EU College of the Commission yesterday (13 January) on anti-dumping and the pushing of any decision back to at least summer 2016. GMB National Officer Dave Hulse said: “The Commission ducking the decision on Market Economy Status for China shows that deep down […]

Continue Reading

Human rights: Alexei Navalny in Russia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan

Human rights: Alexei Navalny in Russia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday (15 January): stressing that the convictions of Alexei Navalny (pictured) and his brother were “based on unsubstantiated charges” and calling for the judicial proceedings to be “free of political interference”; condemning the “brutal massacre of schoolchildren” in Pakistan; and deeply concerned by the homosexual propaganda bill in Kyrgyzstan. The […]

Continue Reading

European Parliament today (15 January)

European Parliament today (15 January)

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Press and media crackdown in Turkey Parliament will vote a resolution on press and media freedom in Turkey, following recent arrests of journalists. In their debate in December, MEPs unanimously condemned these arrests as breaches of freedom of expression.  @EP_HumanRights #Turkey #mediafreedom Ceasefire violations in Ukraine MEPs will vote on a resolution calling for an […]

Continue Reading

Opinion: Kazakhstan’s importance for Central Asia, the EU, China and Russia: Relations in progress

Opinion: Kazakhstan’s importance for Central Asia, the EU, China and Russia: Relations in progress

By Political Analyst Vira Ratsiborynska, European Parliament The Central Asian region has a strategic geopolitical location, an enormous economic and energy potential and abundant wealth of resources that represent an important factor of interest for many leading economic world powers such as the EU, Russia and China.   The Central Asian region has a rich history […]

Continue Reading