Tajik Lawmakers Approve Bill Banning Russified Surnames


Tajik lawmakers have approved a bill banning the issuance of new identification documents and birth certificates for ethnic Tajiks containing Russified surnames, the latest attempt to revive traditional names.

Justice Minister Muzaffar Ashuryon said after the bill was approved by parliament's lower chamber, the Assembly of Representatives, on April 29 that the government had initiated the bill to comply with the state program on “returning national names”.

Uzbek president instructs to intensify investment co-op with Azerbaijan


President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on discussion of the prospects for developing bilateral investment, trade and economic cooperation with Russia and Azerbaijan on March 9, Trend reports referring to the press service of Uzbekistan’s president.

Turkmenistan mulls prospects for co-op with SCO


Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Vladimir Norov met with Turkmen Ambassador to China Parahat Durdyev in Beijing, “” reports with reference to the SCO website.

The parties discussed the prospects for cooperation in the field of innovations, digitalization and electronic commerce. The meeting participants also noted the role of SCO in regional and international initiatives and the organization's economic, transport and logistics potential.

Representatives from Russia, Iran and Turkey hold consultations on Syria in Nur-Sultan


Representatives from Russia, Iran and Turkey hold tripartite consultations at a Summit on Syria in Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan's capital, former Astana). The information agency „ТАСС“ got this information froma source, close to the organizers of the talks, reports.

“A trilateral meeting is currently underway”, the source said.

Other negotiators have also begun a second day of consultations with Syria in Kazakhstan's capital city.

Demarcation of Azerbaijan-Russia border may be completed within 2-3 years

Eldar Janashvili,

Baku expects to complete the demarcation process of Azerbaijan-Russia state border within the next 2-3 years, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov told reporters in Baku, “” reports Dec. 9.

The minister noted that the issues of border demarcation continue successfully with the Russian side.

Ilham Aliyev received Russian delegation headed by Maxim Oreshkin - Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation


The President of Azerbaijan - Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation, headed by the Minister of Economic Development of Russia and co-chair of the Russian-Azerbaijani Intergovernmental Commission - Maxim Oreshkin.

This was announced by the press service of the President of Azerbaijan.

Klimkin on Tokaev's statement: Either he is scared of something or playing a game

Pavlo Klimkin / GORDON

The statement made by Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who denies Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, is a wake-up call and a slap in the face to Ukraine. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine - Pavlo Anatoliyovych Klimkin, said on Facebook on December 4, 2019.

Azerbaijan announced the recent signing of a major arms deal with Russia


Azerbaijan and Russia are preparing to sign a new arms deal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan – Elmar Maharram oglu Mammadyarov, told the Russian daily newspaper “Kommersant”, reports (Балансирование на границе. Как Сергей Лавров в Баку за Ереван отвечал, Газета „Коммерсантъ” №223 от 04.12.2019, стр.

Kazakhstan President Tokaev: We do not call what happened in Crimea “annexation”


The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Kemelyevich Tokayev, said that his country did not call the situation in Crimea annexation by Russia.

In an interview with “Deutsche Welle”, he said that annexation was “a word too hard for the Crimea”.

“What has happened has happened”, Tokaev said.

Russia artificially alters the ethnic composition of the Crimean population - Tamila Tasheva

Milan Lelich, RBC-Ukraine / GORDON

Russia artificially alters the ethnic composition of the occupied Crimea peninsula. Tamila Tasheva, Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine for the Crimea Autonomous Republic stated this in an interview with RBC-Ukraine, published on November 26, 2019.