Eurasia / News

Rouhani: Iran could exit nuclear deal within hours if US doesn’t let up

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2017

Iranian president warns that if Tehran walks out on agreement it would be returning to a more advanced nuclear programme than the one it suspended

Azerbaijan destroying civil society, protests TI as funding ban forces office closures

bne IntelliNews August 11, 2017

Prohibition on NGO funding sourced from abroad leaves corruption watchdog with only scaled-back Baku centre in the country.

Russia pokes Georgia in eye with Putin visit to Abkhazia on war anniversary

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2017

Russian president vows continued Kremlin military and economic support for breakaway region prompting strong statements from Tbilisi and Nato.

Deadly Baku SUV street race puts privileges of rich and powerful's offspring back in focus

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2017

Hit-and-run accident said to involve deputy PM's grandson leaves two dead, move made for a trial after social media protests.

India finally moves on financing for Iran's strategic Chabahar oceanic port

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2017

Hub a vital component of India's sea-land trade plan to compete with China in sending exports to Central Asian, South Caucasian and other markets.

Renault steps on the gas in Iran with €660mn car production JV

bne IntelliNews August 7, 2017

Deal struck despite differences over contractual requirements for local component supplies, investment another French shot in the arm for post-nuclear sanctions Tehran policymakers.

Fitch: IBA debt restructuring likely insufficient to pull Azerbaijani lender back to health

bne IntelliNews August 7, 2017

Although government support for Azerbaijan's largest bank is equivalent to 27% of 2016 national GDP, the lender may not overcome the depressed operating environment, rating agency warns.

Stateless Saakashvili resurfaces in Poland, Georgia petitions Warsaw for extradition

bne IntelliNews August 7, 2017

Georgia's stateless former president Mikheil Saakashvili turns up in Poland to attend Warsaw Uprising commemoration, insists he will journey back to Ukraine to fight withdrawal of citizenship.

Iran's Rouhani applauds Europe's strong attendance at swearing-in but hits out at “novice” Trump

bne IntelliNews August 6, 2017

Iranian president welcomes nuclear-deal supporting EU foreign ministers as he embarks on second term, takes swipe at US president while committing Iran to path of international peace and prosperity.

Tillerson: I don’t see eye to eye with Trump on Iran nuclear deal

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2017

US secretary of state tells briefing he is fighting to persuade president to stay in agreement signed by six major powers.

US VP affirms support for CEE allies as relations with Russia deteriorate

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2017

“America has no small allies, only strong allies,” says Mike Pence as he visits Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro days after US Congress votes for tough new sanctions on Russia.

CEE/CIS economic hubs face $1.3 trillion infrastructure gap

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest August 1, 2017

The region's steepest gap - of $727bn - is in Russia where inadequate infrastructure spending in recent decades has hindered economic growth.

Mongolia suspends grain exports as hottest weather in half a century leaves farmland parched

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2017

Halted consignments a blow to plans for diversification of volatile economy away from over-reliance on commodity exports.

Azerbaijani wrestlers' protest a sign of Baku's economic woes

bne IntelliNews July 31, 2017

Competitors preparing for Paris world championship refuse to take part in training, threaten to withdraw from event in row over unpaid wages.

Disgraced daughter of late Uzbek autocrat alive and under arrest

Nizom Khodjayev in Tashkent July 28, 2017

Uzbek Prosecutor General's Office says Gulnara Karimova is in custody after being sentenced to five years of “restricted freedom” for embezzlement, extortion and tax evasion.

Iran’s space satellite rocket test puts the wind up Washington

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2017

“Provocative action” breaches a UN ballistic missile resolution, Americans protest, but Tehran insists the Simorgh rocket is entirely scientific.

Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili stripped of Ukrainian citizenship

Carmen Valache in Lund July 27, 2017

Move appears linked to new closeness between Kyiv and Tbilisi, leader of 2003's Rose Revolution likely to seek asylum in US.

Azerbaijan puts on military show of force amid new Armenia, human rights tensions

bne IntelliNews July 25, 2017

Baku sends forces to participate in armed forces challenges in Russia, Kazakhstan and China against a backdrop of renewed clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Tajik president’s 23-year old daughter appointed deputy head of largest Tajik bank

bne IntelliNews July 20, 2017

President Emomali Rahmon has actively been shuffling his children among positions of power over the past few years.

Nagorno-Karabakh to choose between a bureaucrat and a soldier as the new president

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2017

Renewed violence on the breakaway region's border is likely to benefit incumbent President Bako Sahakyan.