GLOBALink | Russian, Ukrainian delegations arrive in Istanbul for peace talks

Published in CHINA
Tuesday, 29 March 2022 11:38

The Russian and Ukrainian delegations arrived in Turkey's largest city Istanbul on Monday for a fresh round of face-to-face peace talks, aiming to achieve substantial progress to end the crisis.

The Russian delegation has settled in the Ciragan Palace Kempinski hotel while the Ukrainian delegation has checked in the Shangri-La Bosphorus, both very close to each other in the Besiktas district.

Media reports said the arrival of the Ukrainian delegation had been postponed to evening hours due to the closure of Ukrainian airspace and some logistical problems. According to the NTV broadcaster, the Ukrainian delegates had to go to a neighboring country by road to fly to Istanbul.

Tuesday's negotiations will begin at 10:30 a.m. local time (0730 GMT) at the Dolmabahce Presidential Working Office in Besiktas.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to address the delegations at the opening of the meeting.

"We will have a short meeting with the delegations tomorrow morning," Erdogan said at a press conference after a cabinet meeting in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday.

So far, Russia and Ukraine have held three rounds of in-person talks in Belarus, and their fourth session was in a video conference format.

Turkey, meanwhile, has increasingly accelerated its diplomatic efforts in the international arena, reiterating its policy that it is ready to play a mediator role for lasting peace in the region.

In a phone call on Sunday, Erdogan told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that a ceasefire and peace between Moscow and Kiev must be achieved as soon as possible, and the humanitarian situation in the region should be improved.

Erdogan repeated that Turkey would continue to contribute in every possible way during this process.

The "phone traffic" that he has been conducting with Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is progressing in a positive direction, Erdogan said on Monday.

Turkey has been exerting significant efforts to resolve the crisis through agreement and dialogue, he said.

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GLOBALink | Latest on Russia-Ukraine conflict, March 21

Published in CHINA
Monday, 21 March 2022 12:29

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday signed a bill extending martial law in Ukraine, as Russian and Ukrainian delegations are expected to resume online talks on Monday. Click for more.

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EU sanctions hit 15 additional individuals and 9 entities

Published in Politics
Friday, 18 March 2022 11:37

An additional 15 individuals and nine entities from Russia have been hit by the latest restrictive measures adopted by the EU on 15 March, as part of the fourth package of sanctions against Russia for its ongoing military aggression against Ukraine.

The listed individuals include key oligarchs Roman Abramovich and German Khan, as well as other prominent business people involved in key economic sectors, such as iron and steel, energy, banking, media, military and dual use products and services. The list also includes lobbyists and propagandists, such as Konstantin Ernst (CEO of Channel One Russia) who are pushing the Kremlin’s narrative on the situation in Ukraine.

Sanctioned entities include companies in the aviation, military and dual use, shipbuilding and machine building sectors.

“We are adding to our sanctions list even more oligarchs and regime-affiliated elites, their families and prominent businesspeople, which are involved in economic sectors providing a substantial source of revenue to the regime,” said EU High Representative Josep Borrell. “These sanctions also target those who have a leading role in disinformation and propaganda that accompany President Putin’s war against Ukrainian people Our message is clear: Those who enable the invasion of Ukraine pay a price for their actions.”

Altogether, EU restrictive measures now apply to a total of 877 individuals and 62 entities. Those designated are subject to an asset freeze and EU citizens and companies are forbidden from making funds available to them. Natural persons are additionally subject to a travel ban, which prevents them from entering or transiting through EU territories. 

The Council recently also decided to prolong the sanctions targeting those responsible for undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months until 15 September 2022.

TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Published in World
Wednesday, 16 March 2022 14:37

Today, a telephone conversation took place between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Warmly greeting each other, the interlocutors reaffirmed the commitment of the two countries to traditional relations of friendship, good neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation that meets common interests.

President Vladimir Putin cordially congratulated the Turkmen leader on the successful holding of the Presidential elections, which became an important milestone in the modern history of Turkmenistan, demonstrating significant achievements under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in all spheres of the life of the state and society.

Expressing gratitude for the kind words, the head of Turkmenistan noted that according to the results of the elections held on March 12, announced by the Central Election Commission, Serdar Berdimuhamedov was elected the new President of the country. According to the leader of the nation, based on this, he intends to continue his active work in a new capacity - Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan. Taking the opportunity, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to President Vladimir Putin for his great personal contribution to strengthening interstate relations and fruitful joint work.

In continuation of the telephone conversation, the high level and constructive nature of the Turkmen-Russian dialogue, which is dynamically developing both in bilateral and multilateral formats, within the framework of authoritative international and regional organizations and structures, was emphasized. It is also noteworthy that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation.

During the exchange of views on priority issues of bilateral partnership, it was stated that there is a solid potential for further building up mutually beneficial contacts in the trade and economic sphere. Here, a clear example of productive joint work is the long-term cooperation between Turkmenistan and the largest regions and subjects of Russia. At the same time, great importance is attached to the deepening of traditional humanitarian cooperation in the fields of education, science and culture.

Expressing confidence that constructive interstate relations would continue to grow stronger and steadily develop for the common good, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Vladimir Putin addressed their best wishes to each other and the peoples of both countries.

Then the leader of the nation handed over the handset to the newly elected President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov.

Warmly congratulating the newly elected head of the Turkmen state on his convincing victory in the elections, President Vladimir Putin wished him great success in his activities in this important and responsible post.

Expressing sincere gratitude to the Russian leader for the congratulations and heartfelt wishes, the newly elected President of Turkmenistan, for his part, expressed readiness to continue the course initiated by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov towards the progressive expansion of mutually beneficial partnership with Russia.

In this regard, it was noted that good traditions of friendship and cooperation have historically developed between our two countries, which meet long-term mutual interests, and correspond to the strategy of interstate relations.

At the end of the telephone conversation, the newly elected President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin wished each other health and success in responsible state activities, and peace, well-being and prosperity to the friendly peoples of the two countries.

President Biden signed an Executive Order to ban the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 09 March 2022 10:53

Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order to ban the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal to the United States – a significant action with widespread bipartisan support that will further deprive President Putin of the economic resources he uses to continue his needless war of choice.

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GLOBALink | Ukraine crisis: talks expected, U.S. mulls banning crude imports from Russia

Published in CHINA
Monday, 07 March 2022 13:16

Ukraine and Russia are expected to hold a third round of peace talks on Monday, according to a member of the Ukrainian delegation. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a phone conversation with his French counterpart to discuss the situation in Ukraine. #GLOBALink

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EU imposes sanctions on another 26 persons and one entity from Russia

Published in Politics
Monday, 07 March 2022 13:05

The Council of the European Union added 26 persons and one entity to the list of persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

The new listings include oligarchs and businessmen active in the oil, banking and finance sectors, as well as government members, and high-level military personalities, and propagandists who have contributed to spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda and promote a positive attitude towards the invasion of Ukraine.

“With these additional sanctions, we are targeting all who are having a significant economic role in supporting Putin’s regime and benefit financially from the system. These sanctions will expose the wealth of Putin’s elite. Those who enable the invasion of Ukraine will pay a price for their action,” said Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Restrictive measures, which now apply to a total of 680 individuals and 53 entities, include an asset freeze and a prohibition from making funds available to the listed individuals and entities. In addition, a travel ban applicable to the listed persons prevents these from entering or transiting through EU territory.

Today’s decision complements the package of measures announced by the High Representative after the video conference of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers of 27 February. This package also includes the provision of equipment and supplies to the Ukrainian Armed Forces through the European Peace Facility, a ban on the overflight of EU airspace and on access to EU airports by Russian carriers of all kinds, and a ban on transactions with the Russian Central Bank.

 

EU imposes sanctions on another 26 persons and one entity from Russia

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 02 March 2022 12:29

the Council of the European Union added 26 persons and one entity to the list of persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

The new listings include oligarchs and businessmen active in the oil, banking and finance sectors, as well as government members, and high-level military personalities, and propagandists who have contributed to spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda and promote a positive attitude towards the invasion of Ukraine.

“With these additional sanctions, we are targeting all who are having a significant economic role in supporting Putin’s regime and benefit financially from the system. These sanctions will expose the wealth of Putin’s elite. Those who enable the invasion of Ukraine will pay a price for their action,” said Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Restrictive measures, which now apply to a total of 680 individuals and 53 entities, include an asset freeze and a prohibition from making funds available to the listed individuals and entities. In addition, a travel ban applicable to the listed persons prevents these from entering or transiting through EU territory.

Today’s decision complements the package of measures announced by the High Representative after the video conference of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers of 27 February. This package also includes the provision of equipment and supplies to the Ukrainian Armed Forces through the European Peace Facility, a ban on the overflight of EU airspace and on access to EU airports by Russian carriers of all kinds, and a ban on transactions with the Russian Central Bank.

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GLOBALink | Russia-Ukraine talks kick off in Gomel region: media

Published in World
Monday, 28 February 2022 16:17

Talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations have started in the Gomel region in Belarus, media reports said Monday.

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МИНИСТР ИНОСТРАННЫХ ДЕЛ ТУРКМЕНИСТАНА СОВЕРШИЛ ОФИЦИАЛЬНЫЙ ВИЗИТ В РОССИЙСКУЮ ФЕДЕРАЦИЮ

Published in World
Wednesday, 23 February 2022 23:07

По поручению Президента Туркменистана 22 февраля 2022 года делегация Туркменистана во главе с Заместителем Председателя Кабинета Министров, Министром иностранных дел Туркменистана Р.Мередовым находилась с официальным визитом в Российской Федерации (гор. Москва).

В ходе визита состоялся ряд встреч, на которых были обсуждены актуальные темы дальнейшего комплексного развития двусторонних отношений, определены задачи и планы по их интенсификации с учетом обоюдного потенциала.

На переговорах Министра иностранных дел Туркменистана Р.Мередова с Министром иностранных дел России С.Лавровым был обсужден широкий круг вопросов двустороннего сотрудничества, состоялся обмен мнениями по актуальной проблематике региональной и международной политики. Собеседники отметили, что сегодня туркмено-российские связи имеют устойчивый, стратегический характер, развиваются в соответствии с договоренностями, достигнутыми между Президентами двух стран. Отмечалось, что тесное партнерство в политической, торгово-экономической, культурно-гуманитарной сферах между Туркменистаном и Россией в настоящее время выходит на новый уровень, развивается поступательно и целенаправленно.

В ходе переговоров руководители внешнеполитических ведомств Туркменистана и России подчеркнули большую значимость отмечаемого в этом году тридцатилетия установления дипломатических отношений между двумя странами. Подчеркивалось, что это событие ознаменовало собой новый этап в многовековой истории туркмено-российских связей, во-многом обеспечив их конструктивный, уважительный и равноправный характер на современном этапе.

В рамках встречи главы внешнеполитических ведомств и члены делегаций осмотрели приуроченную к этой знаменательной дате фотовыставку.   

Стороны договорились наращивать усилия по созданию условий для продолжения конструктивного, взаимовыгодного сотрудничества между двумя странами.

В ходе встречи Министра иностранных дел Туркменистана Р.Мередова с Председателем комитета по международным делам Совета Федерации Федерального собрания России Г.Карасиным была подчеркнута важность дальнейшего развития и наращивания межпарламентского сотрудничества.

В этом контексте стороны обсудили вопросы, связанные с подготовкой и проведением в мае 2022 года в Ашхабаде Межпарламентского форума стран Центральной Азии и Российской Федерации. Подчёркивалось, что предстоящее мероприятие будет иметь важное значение для укрепления дружбы, сотрудничества и взаимопонимания между государствами региона и Российской Федерацией, в обеспечении законодательной базы партнерства на долгосрочную перспективу.  

В рамках официального визита Министра иностранных дел Туркменистана в Москву состоялась его встреча со Специальным представителем Президента Российской Федерации по делимитации и демаркации границы РФ с сопредельными государствами участниками СНГ, Руководителем российской делегации на многосторонних переговорах по Каспийскому морю М.Петраковым.

В ходе беседы было отмечено, что взаимодействие Туркменистана и России вносит значительный конструктивный вклад в дело упрочения дружбы, сотрудничества и взаимовыгодного многостороннего партнёрства на Каспии, превращения каспийского региона в один из центров экономического, транспортно-логистического, энергетического и инвестиционного партнерств в Евразии. В этой связи стороны отметили особую важность запланированного на этот год в Туркменистане Шестого Саммита прикаспийских государств и договорились тесно взаимодействовать для успешной подготовки и проведения этого мероприятия.

Состоялась встреча делегации Туркменистана с Заместителем Председателя исполнительного комитета Содружества Независимых Государств И.Нематовым.

В ходе беседы отмечалось, что сотрудничество Туркменистана в рамках СНГ за последнее время получило новое качественные импульсы, направленные на усиление партнерских связей в экономике, промышленной кооперации, реализации крупных инфраструктурных проектов.

В связи с предстоящими 12 марта с.г внеочередными выборами Президента Туркменистана были предметно обсуждены вопросы организации на них работы наблюдательной миссии СНГ. 

В рамках визита также состоялись консультации между внешнеполитическими ведомствами Туркменистана и Российской Федерации на уровне Заместителей министров иностранных дел двух стран во соответствии с подписанной программой сотрудничества между МИДами Туркменистан и РФ на текущий период.

По итогам визита делегации Туркменистана в Москву и проведенных двусторонних туркмено-российских переговоров было принято Совместное заявление Министров иностранных дел Туркменистана и Российской Федерации в связи с 30-летием установления дипломатических отношений, а также подписаны следующие документы:

- «Дорожная карта» взаимодействия Туркменистана и Российской Федерации  по вопросам региональной безопасности;

- План реализации основных направлений туркмено-российского сотрудничества в области обеспечения международной информационной безопасности на 2022-2025 годы;

- План мероприятий, посвящённых 30-летию установления дипломатических отношений между Туркменистаном и Российской Федерацией.

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