» 09/24/2008, 00.00
KAZAKHSTAN – GEORGIA
Kazakhstan steering a middle course between Russia and the West
In a quick succession Kazakhstan drops two large-scale projects in Georgia, a billion dollar oil refinery and a big grain terminal. Still the Kazakh military takes part in joint exercises with NATO as the country’s leaders seek closer ties to the West. China remains a wild card.
07/09/2006 RUSSIA TURKMENISTAN
Turkmenistan raises gas prices by 50 per cent, Russia pays
Russian energy giant Gazprom accepts to pay US$ 100 for 1,000 cubic metres of gas, up from 65. Moscow is vying for monopoly control over energy, looking eastward.
19/08/2008 GEORGIA – RUSSIA
Georgia, no sign of Russian troop withdrawal
Despite agreeing to a gradual troop withdrawal starting from noon yesterday, Tbilisi denounces the heavy military presence of its foe on its soil. Putin orders borders closed between the two States, while international diplomacy searches for a solution to the crises.
12/08/2008 GEORGIA - RUSSIA
Fresh attacks launched on Georgia from Abkhazia
The heavy military operation is backed by Moscow. Sarkozy attempts to bring Russia round to a ceasefire; Georgia asks for UN troops. Bush speaks of a Russian “invasion”.
05/04/2007 UZBEKISTAN – KAZAKHSTAN
EU delegation in Central Asia talking human rights and oil
Three-day talks between the European Union and Uzbekistan end. They follow similar talks with Central Asian nations held a few days earlier.
28/08/2008 RUSSIA - CHINA - INDIA
Moscow seeks allies on Georgia, but China and India fear separatism
The Russian president is seeking support for his decision to recognise independence for the two Georgian regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. But separatism is already an internal problem for both Beijing and New Delhi. Giving the go ahead on independence, means risking the break up of the two Asian giants.
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