Thursday, 22, April, 2021

World

The representatives of Uzbekistan, the United States, the European Union, Russia, NATO, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and 18 other countries have been invited to attend a conference on Afghanistan in Istanbul. The conference, organized by the UN, Turkey and Qatar, will be held in Istanbul from April 24 to May 4.

Delhi has reportedly put a temporary hold on all major exports of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India (SII) to meet demand at home as infections surge.

Due to the rising number of coronavirus cases, the Kazakh authorities decided to hold the next unofficial summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking States (CCTS, Turkic Council) scheduled for March 31 online, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The Russia Ministry of Education in 2021 will contribute 75 million rubles (over US$ 1 million) for the “Class” project to improve the level of Russian language proficiency in Uzbekistan, stated the acting Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Public Relations of the Ministry Olga Podberezkina.

Over 23 thousand Uzbeks obtained Russian citizenship in 2020, an increase by 60% to the previous year. In general, a record number of foreigners were granted the Russian citizenship in 2020.

A Moscow court sent Alexey Navalny to prison for more than two and a half years on Tuesday, closing a heated hearing in which the Russian opposition leader ridiculed claims he broke his parole conditions while recovering from poisoning, and denounced President Vladimir Putin as "Putin the poisoner."

The CIS states need to rally against the increased and "unprecedented" political and economic pressure exerted from the outside, said on Thursday the Chairman of the Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev, TASS reported.

High-speed railway project from Turkestan via Shymkent to Tashkent is planned to be launched this year, announced the Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin on January 26 at an expanded meeting of the government of Kazakhstan with the participation of the President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev.

The former U.S. President Donald Trump on January 19, a day before the end of his presidency, signed an executive order instructing on care of the veterans who served at the Karshi-Khanabad airbase (K2) in Uzbekistan between 2001-2005.

Russian police have arrested more than 2,000 people and used force to break up rallies around the country, a monitoring group said, as tens of thousands of protesters demanded the release of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, whose wife was among those detained.