The Russian GDP forecast for 2015 was downgraded from plus 0.2 percent to a 4.8 percent decline by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. It’s due to falling oil prices and geopolitical tension that could mean a regional economic downturn.
About a dozen people were injured after police dispersed a rally outside the Russian consulate in Gyumri, Armenia. The crowd demanded that a Russian serviceman accused of killing a family of six be transferred under Armenian jurisdiction.
Armenian citizens working in Russia are to be given equal labor rights and social security as Russians following Armenia becoming a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) earlier this month, the Russian government has said.
A Russian soldier suspected of killing six members of in the same family in Armenia and wounding a seventh, an infant boy, has been detained on the Turkish border. The serviceman from Russia’s 102 Military Base went AWOL with his weapons Monday morning.
Craig Murray, British ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2002-2004, was fired when he revealed CIA rendition practices in Poland and Uzbekistan to UK leaders – and was branded a liar. The US torture report will hardly change the picture, he told RT.
Moldova’s Socialist party is leading in the Sunday poll with 21 percent of the votes, followed by the rival Liberal Democrats with 19 percent, preliminary results say. Liberal parties pushing for integration with the EU are expected to form a bloc.
Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed that the renewed violence in Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in the South Caucasus should be settled “in a peaceful way.” Leaders of the three states held a joint meeting as tensions worsened in the disputed area.
The presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia may hold three-party talks in Sochi on Sunday to curb the recent outbreak of violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in the South Caucasus, Moscow said.
The Russian President will hold talks with his colleagues from Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday as relations between the two Transcaucasia nations have deteriorated in the worst crisis since the beginning of the century.
The international community is raising growing concerns over the renewed violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in the South Caucasus, urging the Armenian and Azerbaijani combatants to deescalate tensions.