Eurasia / News

Terminating Iran nuclear deal would trigger “spiral of proliferation” France warns Trump

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2017

US president and Israel’s Netanyahu expected to mount assault on agreement at UN general assembly, while Paris leads attempts to convince signatories the move would be unnecessary and foolhardy.

Mongolian government crisis prompts IMF to delay first payments under $5.5bn bailout

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2017

Financial assistance programme suspended until new PM and Cabinet are in place and economic policy discussions are held.

Launch of AIMAG games in Turkmenistan marred by stories of evicted Ashgabat residents

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2017

Turkmens flaunt expensive new infrastructure such as a $2.5bn falcon-shaped airport but campaigners release stories of inhabitants forced out of homes to make way for spectacle.

Kyrgyz opposition coalition falls apart ahead of October 15 election

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 15, 2017

Alliance of three parties fails to unite around a single candidate amid rows, possibly leaving the way clear for Sooranbai Jeenbekov, endorsed by sitting President Almazbek Atambayev as his pick.

Washington extends Iran nuclear deal waivers but also imposes new sanctions

bne IntelliNews September 15, 2017

Washington has announced that it is extending sanctions waivers for Iran granted under the 2015 nuclear deal, but at the same time it is imposing new measures against several individuals and entities over the country's ballistic missile programme.

Opposition demands “Armexit” from Eurasian Economic Union

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest September 14, 2017

Proposal submitted by pro-Western Yelq claims Armenia's economy has suffered since joining Russian-led bloc.

Iran reaps "war dividend" as it strikes power grid repair deals with Syria

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2017

The Syrian government is turning to Iran and other friendly nations such as Russia and China to help rebuild and the work on the grid is potentially worth hundreds of millions of euros.

Military plot to assassinate Uzbek president reportedly foiled

Nizom Khodjayev in Tashkent September 12, 2017

Reports that members of the Uzbek state security services were conspiring to assassinate reformist President Shavkat Mirziyoyev have surfaced on the opposition People's Movement of Uzbekistan website.

Kazakhstan hires banks and advisers to ready Air Astana and Kazatomprom IPOs for 2018

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2017

Long-awaited floats of flagship carrier and uranium miner seen as taking place next year if global economy and market demand are in good shape, says sovereign wealth fund.

Mongolian PM and cabinet voted out by parliament over corruption affair

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2017

Jargaltulga Erdenebat and his 14-month-old administration told to step down over claims that $330mn of government contracts went to companies linked to ministers.

Tajikistan's international bond debut raises $500mn at 7.125%

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2017

The poorest state in Central Asia tapped into growing investor interest in sovereign debt from new and infrequent issuers to raise funds for construction of the world's tallest dam at Rogun.

Centerra shares spike after proposed settlement reached on Kumtor gold mine

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2017

Kyrgyzstan has been locked in a dispute since 2016 over profit-sharing at Kumtor, the biggest employer and taxpayer in the Central Asian country, contributing 10% of its GDP

“Historic” Uzbek-Kyrgyz summit sees breakthroughs on borders, hydropower

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2017

Reset of relations with neighbours under new Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev powers ahead at meeting with Kyrgyzstan’s Almazbek Atambayev.

Trump's UN envoy lays groundwork for finding Iranian non-compliance with nuclear deal

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2017

Nikki Haley claims US president may have non-technical grounds to declare Iran is not abiding by agreement and turn to Congress for next move.

Newspaper investigation reveals $3bn Azerbaijani money "laundromat" scheme

bne IntelliNews September 5, 2017

Government figures used lobbying and money-laundering scheme centred in UK to make thousands of covert payments, leaked data reveals.

Uzbekistan to fully lift currency controls on September 5

bne IntelliNews September 4, 2017

Move will confirm Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s status as a reformist leader dismantling the legacy of the late autocrat Islam Karimov, whom Mirziyoyev succeeded a year ago.

Iran looking to vastly open up Caspian Sea resort potential

bne IntelliNews September 2, 2017

Once a pre-revolution draw for even five-star guests, the region may start to believe in a renaissance if plans for eight new resorts come off.

Kyrgyz president vows to punish anyone trying to thwart ally's election succession

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 31, 2017

Almazbek Atambayev’s strongly worded warning raised renewed fears he is planning to effectively stay in power, at least behind the scenes.

Kazakh uranium bank launches as last resort nuclear fuel supplier to world

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2017

Goal of project backed by IAEA is to discourage nations from investing in nuclear-enrichment technologies development that might lead to weapons-grade level uranium purification.

Lead managers of Tajikstan's debut US dollar bond to kick off US, Europe roadshow

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2017

Citigroup and Raiffeisen Bank International arranging investor meetings for a bond debut aimed at raising funds to construct the world’s tallest hydroelectric dam.