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    Re: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Post  George1 on Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:22 am

    CIS foreign ministers adopt draft concept of military cooperation up to 2020

    A draft statement of the CIS heads of state, approved by the CIS foreign ministers, touches upon security issues and struggle against contemporary global threats

    ASTANA, October 15 /TASS/. The Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has adopted a draft concept of CIS military cooperation up to 2020 as well as draft statements of CIS heads of state on fighting terrorism and the United Nations role in a changing world.

    Sergey Lebedev, the CIS executive secretary and head of the CIS Executive Committee, summed up the results of work of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers on Thursday.

    A draft statement of the CIS heads of state, approved by the CIS foreign ministers, touches upon security issues and struggle against contemporary global threats.

    "Globalization processes, which are under way in the world, and new challenges and threats, such as religious extremism, terrorism, transnational and organized crime in the first place, strongly requires that the United Nations adapts to new realities," Lebedev said.

    A separate draft statement on fighting terrorism adopted by the foreign ministers called for joint efforts to combat the terrorist threat.

    "Consolidation of common efforts is the only way to fight this terrible phenomenon of our time that affects almost all members of the world community," Lebedev went on to say.

    The Council of CIS Foreign Ministers adopted a draft address of the CIS heads of state devoted to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. The document, according to Lebedev, stressed the need to join international efforts in the interest of averting global ecological threats.

    With all the reservations and proposals expressed at debates on Thursday, the Council of the CIS heads of state will eventually consider all the drafts at its session on October 16.


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    Re: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Post  George1 on Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:10 pm

    Armenia to have parliamentary form of government — referendum results

    The amendments to the Constitution were supported by 63.37% of the vote, and 32.36% were against them

    YEREVAN, December 13. /TASS/. Armenia will have the parliamentary form of government. This is the key idea of amendments to the country’s Constitution, which have been supported at the national referendum.

    On Sunday, the referendum’s commission confirmed final results of the plebiscite of December 6 - the amendments were supported by 63.37% of the vote, and 32.36% were against them.

    Right now, the Central Elections Commission has begun considering a claim from opposing Armenian National Congress party, which wants the referendum results to be announced invalid. The opposition says about numerous violations, claiming the amendments could have been supported by only 30.3%, while the majority voted contra - 69.69%.

    The reforms key novation is that Armenia will not have elections to form the parliament. It will be formed on the proportional multi-party system.

    The amendments to the Constitution have been initiated by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. After having forwarding the draft reform to legislators, he held a series of consultations with most political parties of the country. According to Sargsyan, the reform "will make cooperation between different branches of government more effective, establish the basis for the country’s more intensive economic development, increase the level of human rights protection and boost the institutional role of the opposition.".


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    Re: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Post  George1 on Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:36 am

    What's next for Russia and the post-Soviet space in 2016?

    What should the world expect from Russia's foreign policy in Ukraine, the South Caucasus and Central Asia? To answer that question, one needs to take into account the complicated situation in Syria, Russia’s strained relationship with Turkey and potential complexities around Afghanistan.

    Pictured: A soldier of the 1st Slavic militia brigade of the Donetsk People's Republic. Photo: RIA Novosti

    In 2016, the post-Soviet space will continue to be a top priority for Russian foreign policy. Moscow will keep working on resolving the issues that carried over from last year and will definitely seek to find solutions to its advantage. Some of the most pressing areas include the Ukrainian crisis and ensuring the security of Russia’s southern borders, especially those of the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

    The Russian leadership will also focus on the resolution of the Transnistrian conflict, but, most likely, through its ties to the situation surrounding Ukraine. Of course, Moscow will emphasize the promotion of Eurasian integration projects, which are seen as a reliable instrument for keeping allies close.

    The situation is further complicated by the significant influence that external players can exert on issues involving Russia and countries in the post-Soviet space.

    The Ukraine-Syria conundrum


    The confrontation between Russia and the West is intertwined with the resolution of the conflict in Southeast Ukraine, while fallout from the deterioration in Russia-Turkey relations (which has been steadily growing up to this point) adversely influences the dynamics of the Nagorno-Karabakh standoff. The war in Syria - and the situation in the Middle East in general - can also have a major effect on the post-Soviet space.

    Still, It is clear now that any attempts to resolve the Ukrainian crisis promoting the idea of international anti-terrorist cooperation in Syria have not worked out. Nor is it likely to work out in the future. However, the current situation has less to do with Washington's reluctance to compromise with Moscow and cooperate on fighting a common foe in the form of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Greater Syria (ISIS), and more to do with the mutual lack of trust that is slowing down the much-needed antiterrorist coalition.

    Had Russia and the West agreed on a "Syrian deal," powerful regional players, including Iran, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel, all with their ambivalent interests and ambitions, would have threatened the practical implementation of any agreements that failed to promote their interests or did not include them. Indeed, regardless of how vested Washington is in its Doha, Ankara and Riyadh allies, U.S. control has its limits.

    Even more so, Tehran cannot be expected to act as Moscow's loyal vassal. Thus, even if the "deal" comes to fruition, it will be over the future of Syria, not over Ukraine. The agreement will not be concluded between Russia and the West, but rather, will be drawn up by all interested parties, including immediate combat participants.

    Therefore, the Ukrainian puzzle devoid of Syrian ties persists as Moscow's most complicated issue in the new year. Presently, we are observing a decline in conflict intensity compared with the first six months of 2015. The negotiation format labeled Minsk-2 de facto was extended for another year.

    However, not a single major controversial issue has been put on the real agenda. Kiev does not believe that there is room for people's republics of Donbas in Ukraine’s future. Moscow currently does not perceive Southeast Ukraine as the second Crimea. It is rather seen as a counterweight to the political influence of the rest of Ukraine, which is focused on accelerated integration into NATO and the EU.

    As before, in 2016 the line in the sand for Russia is the defeat of Donetsk and Luhansk separatists by the Ukrainian military backed by the West. If this were to happen, Moscow might respond by reconsidering the current status of the two people's republics, which would escalate the tensions between Russia and the West.

    However, with the deepening recession and the consequences of sanctions that exacerbate the crisis, Moscow would prefer a different scenario that involves the suspension of all status talks together with the actual halt of military operations. Such a scenario suits the West as well, for it is tired of the conflict in Southeast Ukraine and believes that easing tensions should be the first step towards the reintegration of Ukraine (excluding, of course, Crimea).
    Recommended: "How Moscow 'invests' in frozen conflicts"

    However, after the U.S. and EU proclaimed the impossibility of dealing with Russia "in the usual fashion," they have not come forward with a new cooperation model that would work under the new conditions, except for putting pressure on the Kremlin through sanctions and trying to push it to concede. It is highly unlikely that extending sanctions against Russia until "all Minsk Protocol conditions are observed" is the best way to ensure peace for Donbas.

    Caucasus and Central Asia

    The Caucassus and Central Asia will maintain their importance for Moscow in 2016. Still, the situation here is different from Syria and Ukraine. Here Russia has a lot more resources and opportunities. In these regions, Moscow is implementing integration projects, such as the Collective Security Treaty Organization, Eurasian Economic Union and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

    The first project involves Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the second is between Moscow, Astana, Yerevan and Bishkek, and the third incorporates Uzbekistan, which traditionally prefers strong bilateral relations to multilateral integration. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a major institution for Russia-China cooperation.

    In 2016, Moscow will push for the status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    Given the strategic nature of military and political cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey and Armenia and Russia, the escalating Russia-Turkey confrontation dramatically increases the risk of enhancing the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabach and having it spread beyond the Caucasian region.

    Thus, Moscow will have to pursue three goals: prevent a critical deterioration of bilateral relations with Baku, boost cooperation with Yerevan and increase its own diplomatic efforts along with participation in the Minsk group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The Minsk format will be used, among other things, as an instrument of targeted cooperation with the U.S. and EU, which is represented by France at the Minsk Protocol meetings.

    An equally important task is the de-escalation of Russia-Turkey confrontation. We can hardly expect any breakthroughs in this area, but Ankara and Moscow are capable of steering away from the point of no return.

    In 2016, Moscow will continue to guarantee the security of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but will not extend the Crimean scenario there. Uniting with Russia is not an issue for Abkhazia, but it is one of the most discussed topics in South Ossetia.

    This partly acknowledged republic will soon enter its presidential election cycle (the election will be held in 2017), and the unification of North and South Ossetia as part of the Russian Federation is going to be widely used by all major contenders as a campaign theme. Moscow will not be able to ignore the opinion of a certain part of the Ossetian elite, but the Kremlin will do its best to refrain from repeating the Crimean experience.

    As for Central Asia, Russia will likely increase military and economic support of acting regimes in the region. Yet Moscow should be more scrupulous and selective in this issue. For example, in Tajikistan, the authorities pressure the "systemic" Islamist opposition (the Restoration Party), which it interprets as breaking the rules set after the end of the civil war (which lasted from 1992-1997).

    Thus, the change in the status quo here yields additional risks that the Kremlin should take into account. However, in Central Asia unlike other regions of the post-Soviet space, Moscow cooperates with and competes against not only the U.S., but also China. All these three global players are now facing the threat of a destabilized Afghanistan and the growth of radical Islam, which lays the foundation for at least situational pragmatic partnership that could later grow into more efficient cooperation.

    Ultimately, at the very least, Russia will be seeking to maintain its positions within the territory of the former Soviet Union. Moscow is not likely to come up with something new. Currently, there is no reason to believe that Russia is going to pursue a precisely aligned strategy. Most likely, it will abide by the current policies and find ways to respond to emerging challenges.

    http://www.russia-direct.org/opinion/whats-next-russia-and-post-soviet-space-2016


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    Re: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Post  George1 on Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:46 am

    Kyrgyzstan endorses draft agreement with Tajikistan on identifying borderline

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    Re: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Post  George1 on Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:05 pm

    Official: CIS liquidation ruled out

    Steps are taken to increase the CIS effectiveness, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee says

    MOSCOW, April 8. /TASS/. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is undergoing reforms and its liquidation is out of the question, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergey Lebedev said on Friday.

    The CIS is being "adapted" to the new conditions, Lebedev said after the meeting of the CIS foreign ministers.

    Commenting on the transformation of the CIS bodies, Lebedev said that all member states share the opinion that the organization should continue its work.

    "The liquidation is out of the question," he said, adding that steps are taken to increase the CIS effectiveness.


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    Kazakhstan In the footsteps of Ukraine

    Post  Project Canada on Sat May 07, 2016 9:00 am

    This article suggests something bad is brewing Kazakhstan.,



    Cancel Victory Parade in Kazakhstan, the transition to the Latin alphabet and the local "Holodomor" exacerbate Russian question


    The miracle did not happen. Multi-vector policy pursued by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev for many years, in fact, turned out to be only a form of construction of the Kazakh national state, and curtsey to Russian and Russian-speakers were designed to disguise this course for the time being. Arguments for such an interpretation of events is growing. In any case, the part of the Kazakh political elite, which stands for ethnic nationalism clearly has the upper hand. The attack follows the line of the history, culture and language. Likewise, recently in Ukraine. The effects may be similar.

    Symptomatic sign of change in the situation was the refusal from holding the military parade on the occasion of Victory Day in Astana. This was reported by the Defense Ministry press-service of Kazakhstan. According to the military, this year the parade will take place for some reason, in September and will be timed to the Independence Day of Kazakhstan. In fact, this festival is celebrated in the country on 16 December. It was on this date in 1991, the Supreme Council was adopted by the Constitutional Law on the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    Anyway, the traditional parade in May, will not be. And this despite the fact that in 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the Victory, he was the most powerful in the modern history of Kazakhstan. Five hundred thousand troops and military equipment units were supported by aircraft of the US Embassy. Then, because of the events in the Ukraine in the country were strong fears that Kazakhstan will become the next target for the account "color revolution", and the government wanted to demonstrate force. The action itself took place on May 7, 9, Nazarbayev attended the parade in Moscow. Apparently, this was the last chord.

    But Kazakhstan and its residents to play an active role in the Great Patriotic War. At some point in defining. So, here, in Alma-Ata, and the famous 316th Infantry Division was formed in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, whose fighters are known to the world as "Panfilov". It is their heroism during the defense of Moscow remained for centuries in 1941 and even mentioned in the text of the anthem of the Russian capital. The phrase Lieutenant Klochkova "Great Russia, and nowhere to retreat - behind Moscow!" And all know each student. By the way, among the Kazakhs almost one hundred - 99 Heroes of the Soviet Union.

    Interestingly, the cult of heroes Panfilov in the former Soviet republics of Asia, perhaps even stronger than in Russia. When the former head of the State Archive Sergey Mironenko preparing his ideological sabotage with debunking their feat, the most indignant that it was the representatives of Kazakhstan. At the World Congress of Russian Press, they were reminded that almost every school there is a museum of heroes and heroism newfangled denial of their countrymen makes them disgusted. And now this feat War attacked again. At this time, already own, the Kazakh authorities.

    The fact that it is not a coincidence, no doubt. This is a deliberate policy. Nobody wants any "savings". States do not give up ideologically significant events for the sake of economy. In the end, in the same 1941, went to the front right from the parade on Red Square. Because it was necessary. The current Kazakhstan clearly is not necessary. Victory Parade perceived as ideological connection with the alien phenomenon is now - Russia.

    This urge, and other events of the same series with the fundamental nature. Such as, for example, the transition from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet. The initiative for this was made by Nazarbayev himself, and quite a long time - ten years ago. But right now the idea has gained flesh and blood. In March, the corresponding state program funding was adopted. In Latin translate all state documents, the names of streets, printing passports and other documents of citizens. Only officials initially will acquire $ 300 million. It is clear that the money the government will spend Kazakhstan only if it believes the goal is really very important. Transfer to the Latin alphabet is to integrate it into the Western Anglo-Saxon world (and partly in Turkish, using the Latin alphabet) and withdraw it from the Russian world. In any way it can not be explained otherwise.

    Complete the process of transition to a new alphabet must be by 2025. This will help Kazakhstan "colleagues" of the Turkic world, have already passed this way - experts-philologists of Azerbaijan. By the way, the skeptics talk about the fact that such a question should be put to a referendum, the response in Astana was not found. Everything is dictated by the supreme will. Well, yes, in words it is about creating the conditions for integration into the world a better study of the children of the English language and the language of the Internet, but this is secondary tasks. Obviously, the main goal - political - maximum separation of Kazakhstan from Russia.

    Imposing its Latin country, Nazarbayev does not forget about the development of the Kazakh language. Thus, the country's history to be taught in schools only in Kazakh in 2018. Russian will be required to learn the first language of the majority population, and only then will be able to receive a full secondary education. It is clear that without this, any, even the most modest career for them will be impossible. The alternative - to leave the country.

    Another way of development of the national identity of the Kazakh and Russian opposition to it became the topic of local "Holodomor", similar to Ukrainian. We are talking about hunger, which experienced many regions of the USSR in the 1930s. "Starving the Volga region" - is there. That is the theme used in Ukraine to incite hatred towards Russian. They say it was a deliberate genocide of Russian Ukrainians. At the same scheme and operate in Kazakhstan. In Astana opened a monument to the appropriate kind of tragic.

    According to "Russian imperialist" Ermek Taychibekova, who is now in prison for his views , like monuments purposefully opened in all cities of Kazakhstan with a population of more than 5 thousand people. We are talking about a targeted campaign, in which the victims of Russian Kazakhs are exposed and therefore are opposed to them. It is clear that this is not the end good. Nazarbayev is not eternal. When in power in Kazakhstan comes a new post-Soviet generation, explosion Kazakh nationalism is inevitable.

    And here the question arises, what to do in this situation, Russia. In the country, in spite of the departure, continue to live millions of Russian and Russian-speaking, now constitute a national minority. They live mainly in the north, historically Russian, part of the country. Suffice it to recall that in places where there is now the Kazakh city of Uralsk, walked once rebellious Emelyan Pugachev. And where does the Kazakhs definitely respected?

    It is unlikely that this is not understood in the Kremlin. However, all of the past with the collapse of the Soviet years, Moscow has relied on the central government of Kazakhstan in the hope of its goodwill. About how to Ukraine allegedly pro-Russian Yanukovych. Like, do not trouble trouble until it softly. At the same time, all attempts to raise the issue of Russian co-suppressed secret services of both countries. A major such attempts have been at least three.

    First in 1997, when escaped Cossack uprising in Kokshetau. The authorities acted to pre-empt - Kokshetau region abolished, merged it with the North Kazakhstan, denying the possibility of the local authorities to make decisions closer to Russia. It was absolutely a legitimate attempt, based on current law and the will of the people, but it failed. Next it was already more brutal - Kazimirchuk group accused of intending to seize power by force of arms and sentenced to long terms. And finally, the third attempt - Eduard Limonov and his associates in 2001 - was cupped in the territory of Russia. However, the court acquitted the Russian rebels. After spending several years in prison, they were released.

    The problem of the Russian minority nonetheless not disappeared. As you can see, the rate of the central authority and its credibility on the part of Moscow, only postponed it for a while. Now the period of international peace comes to an end. Kazakh nationalism comes to the stage of history. Rejection of the common past of the Victory of 1945 - the first bell. Ahead of a lot of tragic events.


    http://rusplt.ru/society/kazahstan-russkiy-vopros-24514.html


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    Re: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Post  sepheronx on Sat May 07, 2016 9:06 am

    I cant seem to find any other news regarding these claims besides a pravda article.

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    Do not look for problems where there are none . In the modern history of Kazakhstan was only 5 parades : in 2005 , 2009, 2011 , 2014 and 2015 . They spend not annually, and after any anniversaries . The next parade is scheduled for 2017 . That's the whole secret. And you already shout loudly that Nazarbayev merged all

    So it may be a lot of hysteria build up by fifth columnists to pin Russians against Kazakhs.

    Kazakhstan was the one who proposed the Eurasian Union and pretty much the CSTO, with its current president. So a lot of these claims go in contrary to what the president is doing. I have a feeling that there is a growing sense of nationalism in Kazakhstan and they are breeding it, to prevent concepts of a colored revolution in Kazakhstan. Best way to do this is through a language and cultural concept that everyone will follow.

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    Re: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Post  Karl Haushofer on Sun May 08, 2016 12:09 am

    Kazakhstan has a 23% Russian minority but the Russians have been completely blocked out of Kazakh political life.

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    Re: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Post  George1 on Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:54 pm

    Shoigu urged CIS countries to expand military cooperation due to the situation on the borders

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the main threat to humanity is international terrorism and the important task - to prevent it from spreading to the CIS space

    MOSCOW, June 15. / TASS /. The CIS countries should expand cooperation in the field of defense in connection with the troubled situation on the borders of the Commonwealth, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

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    "The situation on the external borders of the Commonwealth restless, and in this situation it is necessary to expand cooperation in the defense sphere", - said Shoigu at a meeting of defense ministers of countries - participants of the CIS.

    According to him, the main threat to humanity is international terrorism. "We are faced with an important task - to prevent its spread in the CIS", - stressed the Minister.

    Shoigu said that the legal basis for cooperation of the Commonwealth countries in the field of defense is the concept of military cooperation of the states - participants of the CIS till 2020, approved last year. The document provides for the "strengthening of our armed forces, ensuring national and collective security, and the development of good-neighborly relations", listed the Defense Minister.

    The meeting, which takes place in Moscow, the Russian delegation attended the military departments of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, representatives of the CIS Executive Committee and the Secretariat of the Council of Defense Ministers. Earlier it was reported that the parties will discuss the course of realization of the Concept of military cooperation, a draft concept of aerospace defense of the CIS countries, as well as the joint work plan for 2017. In addition, it is expected to adopt a number of decisions, including on the interaction of services of state secrets protection and cooperation in the field of monitoring and evaluation of radiation, chemical and biological environment.


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    Re: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:47 pm

    CIS chief slams export of ‘color revolutions’

    According to the chairman of the executive committee of the Commonwealth of iIndependent States, artificial change of legitimate authorities in some states has intensified illegal migration problems

    MINSK, September 28. /TASS/. Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Sergei Lebedev has criticized export of ‘color revolutions’ and artificial change of legitimate authorities in some states saying they have intensified illegal migration problems.

    "The incessant attempts by the well-known centers of power to impose an alien development model on some countries and govern intra-political processes in sovereign states from outside by exportation of ‘color revolutions’ and artificial change of legitimate power are a dangerous destabilizing factor," Lebedev told an international conference on the 25th anniversary of the CIS.

    As a result, "the disastrously rising flow of illegal migrants has become an acute international problem," the head of the CIS Executive Committee said.

    The CIS official called noted the "extremely complex" situation in the Middle East where the Islamic State [terrorist organization outlawed in Russia] and other terrorist groupings continue to carry out their aggressive activity.

    "Tension persists in the Afghan-Pakistani region, which directly threatens the security of Central Asian states that are CIS members," Lebedev said.

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    The information space is subjected to persistent aggressive attacks, he said.

    "It is obvious that some countries are seeking to use their dominant position in the global information network to achieve not only economic but also military and political goals," the CIS executive secretary said.

    "Special threat is posed by international terrorism aligned with various radical and extremist movements," he added.

    That is why, the emphasis of CIS security cooperation has been shifted towards countering terrorism in recent years, Lebedev said.

    "Considering modern trends, considerable attention is paid to neutralizing the use of information technologies for spreading extremist ideas and recruiting new terrorists, first of all, from among the youth," Lebedev said.

    "Also, coordinated measures are under way to reveal and liquidate the channels of terrorists’ financial support," the chairman of the CIS Executive Committee said.


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