Tuesday, 22, June, 2021

World

The destiny of the world rests in innovative utilisation of hydrocarbons whilst embracing the rise of renewables in the global energy mix, Secretary General of the largest consortium of gas exporting nations, the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), said at the 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

The Taliban, in the light of media reports on US plans to establish US military bases in the region, urged the countries bordering Afghanistan not to host foreign bases. This is stated in the statement sent by Taliban to the RIA Novosti.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the coronavirus variant first found in India last year as a "variant of global concern".

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.