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Israel-Khazakhstan Ink Cooperation Accord

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English: Matam (from Hebrew: Scientific Indust...
English: Matam (from Hebrew: Scientific Industries Center) located at the southern entrance to Haifa, Israel, is the largest and oldest dedicated HiTech park in Israel. Next to it, IEC Tower. The buildings in Matam at the front of the picture are the ones of Intel and Elbit Systems. עברית: פארק התעשיות עתירות הידע מת”ם בחיפה ולצידו מגדל חברת החשמל. הבניינים בחזית התמונה הינם של החברות אינטל ואלביט מערכות. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jan. 20, 2014 - 02:46PM   |   By BARBARA OPALL-ROME
TEL AVIV — Defense ministers from Israel and Khazakhstan inked a security 
cooperation accord Jan. 20 formalizing military and defense industrial ties 
between the two nations.
The bilateral agreement, signed in Tel Aviv by Israeli Defense Minister 
Moshe Ya’alon and his Kazakh counterpart, Adilbek Dzhaksbekov, provides a 
general “umbrella” for cultivating defense trade and future cooperation 
between the two governments, an Israeli defense official here said.

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‘Terrorism in Asia can be only prevented by SCO members’

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An interview with Viktor Nadein-Rayevsky, Institute of World Economy & International Relations, Moscow

Thu Jun 7, 2012 4:6PM GMT

That is important that there have been several military exercises that give opportunity for joint operations here in Central Asia. Of course, this organization is the only real mechanism that can help stop terrorist activities here. It is a problem of course and this problem is on the way of solution.”

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has lashed out at NATO‘s eastward expansion, saying it’s aimed at stopping the growth of the member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).


Ahmadinejad said NATO members are trying to resurrect what he called past colonialist relations, adding “the colonialists are equally opposed to the development of China, Russia, India and Iran as well as other members of the SCO.”

He further called for a new world order, saying the current one has failed because of its “inhumane and unfair nature.”

The SCO is an intergovernmental organization that was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Iran, India, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Pakistan are observer members of the organization.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Viktor Nadein-Rayevsky from Moscow’s Institute of World Economy & International Relations to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.


Press TV:Nadein-Rayevsky, tell us what you think about the declaration especially the fact that it seems very firm regarding the expansion of the Western countries, in particular the United States, as they have said with the concentration in the Asia-Pacific.

Nadein-Rayevsky:In fact, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the last years has become a rather prominent and important partner of many international organizations in the world.

First of all, that was very important that it begins the cooperation from real problems; problems that are dangerous for all the countries of the region. First of all, there is the problem of terrorism and, of course, the problems of separatism and drug trafficking which are very dangerous things the countries of the region have to deal with. Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey, EU agree on Nabucco

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Published: May 11, 2009 at 4:07 PM

BRUSSELS, May 11 (UPI) — Turkey and the European Union reached a “breakthrough” agreement on the Nabucco natural gas pipeline without conditions, officials said.

The Czech Republic hosted a regional summit in Prague last week on the so-called Southern Corridor, a network of energy transit routes that includes the heralded Nabucco gas pipeline.

Turkey would host a major portion of the 2,050-mile pipeline. Ankara said in April it was waiting for European decisions on the pipeline, with a deal expected in June.

European officials told The Guardian newspaper the deal was now expected June 25.

“This is a complete breakthrough,” an unnamed official involved in the Turkish negotiations told the newspaper. “The Turks have accepted our terms. There is no conditionality.”

Nabucco negotiations were complicated by Turkey’s efforts at joining the ranks of the EU and its demands for a portion of the gas traveling through the pipeline. European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs told The Guardian, however, that Ankara’s demand for 15 percent of the gas is gone.

Europe sees Nabucco as the answer to its energy diversification efforts. The $10.7 billion pipeline would bring gas supplies from Central Asia and the Middle East to Europe without using Russian resources or its territory.


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