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NATO in focus

Posted by Fredsvenn den januar 4, 2010

ARMENIA. Normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations should happen without preconditions, and we are holding negotiations with the Turkish party just with this conception, Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandyan said when responding to ‘Interfax’ question about the frequent statements of the official representatives of Turkey saying normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations is connected with other issues, in particular, Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement and international recognition of the Armenian Genocide. In this sense the Obama told the press today Barack Obama said in Ankara his stance on the Armenian issue remains unchanged, he will recognize the Genocide.

AZERBAIJAN. On the other hand, the EU while is sending mix messages in relation with the Armenian Genocide, it is very clear on the fact that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can not go unresolved as it can pose a threat for the region and the European Union, the EU special representative on the South Caucasus Peter Semneby declared for Trend News agency. Moreover, the EU can contribute to the security of its neighbors and partners, he said. EU’s vision for the South Caucasus is to open borders which are precondition for security in the region and development of economic.

BULGARIA. The Bulgarian bidder for the NATO Secretary General position, Solomon Passy, believes his nomination for the top job still might end up being successful.

Passy, who is Bulgaria’s former Foreign Minister and current Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee, also said it was possible that the Strasbourg Summit would not select a new NATO head as this person was supposed to take over on August 1, which still left plenty of time.”As a whole, I would say that we are enjoying really strong support from the Mediterranean member states of NATO”, Passy said pointing out that the two newest members of the Alliance, Albania and Croatia would also be able to take part in the selection process. Passy’s bid for the NATO top job is up against Denmark’s Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Turkey, however, is adamantly opposed to his selection over his refusal to apologize for the 2006 Mohammad cartoons affair, and the permission that a pro-PKK Kurdish TV station ROJ has to air from Danish soil.

RUSSIA. Obama turning to the US relation with russia said there was “a great potential to improve” relations with Russia, but also added that Moscow should not go back to “old ways of doing business.” “And I think we have to send a very clear message to Russia, that we want to work with them, but we can’t go back to old ways of doing business(…)I think it is important for NATO allies to engage Russia, and to recognise that they have legitimate interests, in some case we have common interests, but we also have some core disagreements.”Moreover, according to NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop declared that NATO wants and should cooperate with Russia.

Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Vladimir Litvin reckons that the Russian Black Sea Fleet should be a guarantor of Ukraine’s security. He expressed this opinion in an interview with the Russian Ekho Moskvy radio station(Itar-Tass).

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