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EU formally approves additional €5 billion assistance to Ukraine
The Council of the European Union today formally decided to provide €5 billion of additional macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Ukraine as a matter of urgency.
On 9 September, at an informal meeting of the Ecofin Council in Prague, EU finance ministers agreed to provide an additional €5 billion in assistance for Ukraine. This additional aid was officially approved today after the necessary formal steps were completed in just 11 days.
This financial assistance complements other EU support to Ukraine in the humanitarian, development, customs and defence fields.
This €5 billion macro-financial assistance will be provided to Ukraine in the form of highly concessional long-term loans. It constitutes the second stage in the implementation of the EU’s planned exceptional macro-financial assistance to Ukraine of up to €9 billion, announced by the European Commission this May.
The EU says a decision on the implementation of the third phase of the Union’s exceptional macro-financial assistance of up to €3 billion will be taken shortly, once the structure of this assistance has been determined.
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Secretary Blinken’s Trilateral Meeting with Azerbaijan and Armenia
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken hosted Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov for the first direct talks since recent fighting. Secretary Blinken conveyed condolences for the lives lost and emphasized the need to prevent further hostilities, underscoring the importance of returning to the peace process. They discussed next steps, and the Secretary encouraged the sides to meet again before the end of the month.
TURKMEN-ARMENIAN POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS WERE HELD AT THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN
On September 13, 2022, political consultations were held in Ashgabat between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Armenia. The Turkmen delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister V. Hajiyev, and the Armenian delegation - by Deputy Foreign Minister M. Safaryan.
After exchanging greetings, the parties noted the friendly character inherent in the Turkmen-Armenian relations. During the meeting, the parties discussed in detail the key aspects of bilateral cooperation in the political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
The high level of cooperation within the framework of international and regional organizations, primarily the UN, was stated. The consistent support of the Armenian side for the foreign policy initiatives of Turkmenistan put forward on international platforms was noted.
The parties noted with satisfaction that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Armenia, and in this regard, it was proposed to hold a number of events dedicated to this date.
Diplomats also noted the positive dynamics in the development of trade and economic relations. In this context, the readiness of Turkmenistan to discuss the prospects for cooperation in all areas, including the fuel and energy sector, was noted.
At the end of the talks, the parties discussed issues of expanding cultural and humanitarian cooperation and stated that there are great opportunities for the further development of relations in various areas.
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE JOINT WORKING GROUP ON THE DELIMITATION OF THE BOTTOM OF THE CASPIAN SEA BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN WAS HELD
On September 12-13, 2022, a regular meeting of the Joint Working Group on the delimitation of the bottom of the Caspian Sea between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan was held in Baku of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The delegation of Turkmenistan was headed by the Director of the Institute of the Caspian Sea, Special Representative of Turkmenistan for the Caspian Sea M.Atajanov, the Azerbaijani delegation - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Borders and the Caspian Sea Kh.Khalafov.
The meeting was attended by representatives of relevant ministries and departments of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
During the meeting, the provisions of the draft Agreement between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the delimitation of the bottom of the Caspian Sea between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan were discussed.
The parties agreed to continue the negotiation process on the delimitation of the bottom of the Caspian Sea.
THE NINTH MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL TURKMEN-ARMENIAN COMMISSION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT
On September 13, 2022, the building of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan hosted the ninth meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Armenian Commission for Economic Cooperation, co-chaired from the Turkmen side - by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Sh. Abdrakhmanov, from the Armenian side – by Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of the Republic of Armenia Gnel Sanosyan .
The agenda of the meeting, which was also attended by heads and representatives of a number of ministries, departments and business entities of the two countries, included a wide range of issues related to the implementation of existing agreements between the two countries.
The progress of the implementation of the agreements reached following the eighth meeting of the Commission, held in Yerevan in March 2017, was discussed.
The parties noted that the export of products from the oil and gas, agricultural, food and textile industries of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Armenia will contribute to the development and strengthening of trade relations between the two countries. The sides also agreed to help increase the volume of trade between the two countries and expand the range of exported goods by establishing contacts with the participation of the business circles of the parties and organizing meetings.
The sides also expressed interest in strengthening contacts in the field of industry, transport, construction, architecture, agriculture, as well as in the fuel and energy sector.
The parties also spoke in favor of deepening contacts in the fields of science, culture, sports, tourism, education, healthcare and developing cooperation in the field of the media, which are an effective mechanism for diversifying mutually beneficial partnerships.
The members of the Commission emphasized the need for regular bilateral meetings, consultations and negotiations aimed at further strengthening the constructive dialogue in the interests of the two countries.
As a result of the work of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Armenian Commission for Economic Cooperation, a relevant protocol was signed.