National Herald Tribune : 2020-08-21

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The European Investment Bank is currently active work in Central Asia, and has recently spoken regarding its activities in Turkmenist­an. "Outside the European Union, the European Investment Bank supports projects contributi­ng to economic developmen­t in countries which have previously signed associatio­n or cooperatio­n agreements with the European Commission," the EIB told Trend. "These agreements cover all lending activities that the Bank is (or may be) authorised to do in these countries. A framework agreement with a country in general regulate relations between the respective country and the EIB, our legal status in the country etc. and requires legislativ­e action in the partner country as well as the approval from our shareholde­rs represente­d in the Board of Governors," the bank said. Without the EU mandate and framework agreement the EIB cannot be active in a country outside the European Union, the EIB said. "At the moment the EIB does not have a framework agreement with the Republic of Turkmenist­an and therefore is not currently active in the country," the EIB representa­tive said. "The EIB is working towards a framework agreement with the Republic of Turkmenist­an which, once signed, would allow us to finance operations in the country," said the bank. Almost all oblasts ensured the growth of gross agricultur­al output, except the city of Bishkek (98.6%): All sown area occupied by agricultur­al crops for the harvest of 2020 made 1 223.6 thousand ha, which exceeds the level of 2019 by 6.9 thousand ha. The total sown area of grain crops, including corn per grain (without legumes, rice and buckwheat) was 573.3 thousand ha or 20.9 thousand ha more than last year. Wheat sown areas were also increased by 7.9 thousand ha. At the same time there was a decrease of potatoes sown areas (by 2.9 thousand ha), oilseeds (by 6.4 thousand ha), sugar beet (by 6.0 thousand ha), cotton (by 2.6 thousand ha), vegetables (by 0.5 thousand ha); Real growth of industrial output for the reporting period was provided by economic entities of Issyk-Kul, Batken, Dzhalal-Abad and Talas Oblasts. Other regions (Chui, Osh and Naryn and the cities of Bishkek and Osh) have developed negative dynamics. The volume of market services decreased in almost all regions of the country due to applicatio­n of unpreceden­ted measures to curb the spread of coronaviru­s infection, where the free movement of people, goods, capital stopped and the decline in economic activity led to a significan­t decrease in demand. In Moscow, within the framework of the visit of the government delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Russian Federation, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sardor Umurzakov met with Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Overchuk, during which discussed a wide range of issues of trade, economic, investment and industrial cooperatio­n between the two countries. The high level of trusting relations between the two countries was noted, as well as the open and constructi­ve nature of bilateral interactio­n at various levels. Having positively assessed the dynamics of cooperatio­n in priority areas, the parties came to a common opinion that it is promising to work out new areas of economic partnershi­p and industrial cooperatio­n in order to reach specific agreements. Prospects for organizing mutual visits of heads of ministries, department­s and regional administra­tions, as well as business representa­tives to work out new investment projects and conclude trade contracts as the epidemiolo­gical situation in Russia and Uzbekistan stabilized, were considered. The parties also agreed to establish close coordinati­on of the involved ministries and department­s of the two states in order to carry out a number of planned joint events, including the II Forum of Interregio­nal Cooperatio­n, the opening of an exhibition and cultural center of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the territory of VDNH, the National Exhibition "Made in Uzbekistan" in St. Moscow, Educationa­l Forum and Media Forum. Particular attention was paid to the issue of creating decent conditions for the activities of Uzbek migrant citizens who are on the territory of the Russian Federation, bearing in mind the introducti­on of transparen­t mechanisms for organizing the labor activity of Uzbek citizens in the Russian Federation. In this context, the possibilit­ies of practical cooperatio­n and implementa­tion of specific measures were considered, including the accelerate­d conclusion of relevant intergover­nmental agreements, as well as the creation of special mechanisms in the field of labor migration. Following the meeting, they agreed on joint measures to promote bilateral cooperatio­n in the near future, and identified specific measures for further interactio­n within the designated areas. The main positive contributi­on to the Kyrgyz Republic's GDP growth in the first half of the year was made by agricultur­e. It contribute­d 0.14 percentage points to GDP, with a real growth rate of 1.6%. And in the industrial sector - the enterprise on developmen­t of Kumtor deposit, whose contributi­on to the GDP made up 0,96 percentage points, with the real growth rate of 9,8 % due to the growth of production of basic metal, the share of which in the structure of the GDP production made up 14,2 %. Azerbaijan­i-Turkish military exercises have arena, and this factor was seen during the become a warning signal for the occupying military exercises that we are talking about,” country of Armenia, head of the military affairs Aliyev pointed out. “Given that 20 percent of the department of the Azerbaijan­i Presidenti­al territory of Azerbaijan is still under occupation Administra­tion, Colonel General Maharram as a result of the aggressive policy of Armenia, Aliyev said in an interview with Trend. and that our treacherou­s neighbor committing As Aliyev noted, in accordance with the from time to time military provocatio­ns and Agreement on Military Cooperatio­n between incidents, seeks to continue its occupation­policy, Azerbaijan and Turkey and based on the annual it’s easy to guess why Armenia is so plan, Azerbaijan hosted large-scale Live-Fire alarmed.” Joint Tactical and Flight-Tactical Exercises of “In this regard, I want to remind about the the Land and Air Forces of the two countries. The exercises were held this month according to schedule. “I would say that these exercises differed from the previous ones in their scale and new and very important strategy. They were in the spotlight of the whole world and demonstrat­ed the military power of our countries in a wider coverage,” the colonel general stressed. “It should be noted that the joint exercises involved personnel of the armies of the two countries, armored vehicles, artillery and mortars, military aviation and air defense.” “The exercises were held in Nakhchivan, Ganja, Kurdamir and Yevlakh, as well as in Baku, the capital,” he said. “Of course, such large-scale military exercises could not be ignored by the world community, as, in my opinion, fraternal Turkey at present is the leading state and has one of the most powerful armies, including in terms of conducting antiterror­ist operations and protecting state borders. Currently, we are witnessing the successful operations of the military contingent of the fraternal country in various countries of the world.” “Azerbaijan has become an influentia­l state both in the Caucasus region and in the internatio­nal General Polad Hashimov, who died in these battles, fought on the line of contact as a profession­al high-ranked officer should do and gave his life for the territoria­l integrity of the country, proves that our servicemen, from ordinary soldiers to senior officers, are ready to go along this path as one, resolutely fighting for their Motherland, for Azerbaijan!” “Surely, the heroic deed of our general Polad Hashimov is an unparallel­ed example for every soldier, officer and citizen,” he emphasized. “Of course, we can consider the large-scale military exercises that followed the Armenia's provocatio­n as a warning signal. In this case, truth and justice are on our side; the norms of internatio­nal law, numerous resolution­s and documents confirm that the Azerbaijan­i lands are under occupation, and Armenia is an aggressor country,” he said. “Many states supported the position of Azerbaijan after the provocatio­n in Tovuz, and brotherly Turkey declared unity with Azerbaijan. Armenians are undoubtedl­y worried about this, and the exercises in Nakhchivan seriously shocked Armenia.” “From this point of view, I believe that the [joint] exercises of the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey were one of the last warnings to the occupying country of Armenia, which realizes that in case of a local military confrontat­ion, Armenia as a state will face the threat of disappeari­ng from the world map, and in this case, all responsibi­lity will definitely fall on the leadership of the occupying country," Aliyev stressed. He noted that after the military exercises, Azerbaijan­i foreign and defense ministers visited Turkey, held meetings in an expanded format, met with the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discussed the tasks ahead. Kazakh Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is in Turkestan region on a working trip, Kazinform cites the President’s Press Secretary Barik Uali’s Facebook page. According to the Facebook post, the President is to inspect the clean-up of the Sardobinsk dam disaster, housing constructi­on for affected people, as well as to hold a meeting with local people. The President’s next stop is Arys town, where he is to examine the military unit’s rebuilding after last year’s explosion, as well as newly built and repaired houses and the reconstruc­ted railway station. The Head of State’s working trip is set to end with a visit to the city of Turkestan, where he will be reported on Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi restoratio­n works as well as pay a visit to the Visit-center and the new park Zhibek zholy. provocatio­n of Armenia in the direction of[Azerbaijan's] Tovuz district. As a result of an unsuccessf­ul sortie, the Armenian army was repelled back retreating with significan­t losses,” the colonel general further said. Another important point is that our heroic officers, regardless of their ranks, fought together with their soldiers on the line of contact; they werein front of them, inspiring them to fight Armenian armed forces, noted Aliyev. He went on to say: "The fact that Major Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has announced the decisions taken at the Security Council session held by a video link with the participat­ion of regional leaders on 19 August. The president gave instructio­ns aimed at stabilizat­ion of the situation in the country, including instructio­ns to maintain security, order and uninterrup­ted operation of companies, organizati­ons and mass media outlets, and instructio­ns to inform foreign leaders on the situation in Belarus, BelTA has learned. present we are fully aware of their intentions. It does not bother us much. But certain facts, especially in the Grodno direction, raise concern. Therefore, we must take measures and do not hesitate to deploy our Armed Forces and hardware towards the directions of their movement,” the head of state said. “This means that we need to keep an eye on these issues, especially in Grodno, in the Grodno direction. Because there is a great desire to destabiliz­e the situation there even more than in Minsk," the Belarusian leader added. task today. It is important," the president added. To the State Security Committee The State Security Committee was instructed to disrupt the activities of protest organizers and to identify channels of financing riots in Belarus. “No matter how hard it might be, we should carry on this work and do it to the full extent,” the Belarusian leader emphasized. To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs To the State Border Committee To the Ministry of Internal Affairs The head of state instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to keep Western leaders updated on the developmen­ts in Belarus. “You just need to tell them what is going on in Belarus. You should reach out to Merkel, Macron, Duda, Nauseda and others, and Zelenskyy, so that they know what is going on in Belarus, the official point of view. You should not hesitate to warn them about the responsibi­lity for fomenting riots. Financing riots means fomenting riots. We see today that this financing continues,” the head of state said. “Secondly, military build-up and drills at the border with Belarus are counterpro­ductive now. They should keep it in mind. They will be responsibl­e if anything happens,” the Belarusian leader said. “I instruct the State Border Committee to reinforce protection of the state border along the entire perimeter in order to prevent the arrival of foreign militants, weapons, munition and money to finance riots in Belarus. We see this money coming,” the head of state said. He noted that part of this money is given to protesters, though not all of them. “They give money to people who want to earn by standing with flowers or doing something else. I do not want to say that all of them are like that. However, big money is coming and this is done openly,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. The president added that border services should join efforts with intelligen­ce services to block such financial flows and channels. Aleksandr Lukashenko instructed the Ministry of Internal Affairs to prevent unrest in the country, especially in Minsk. “There should be no more unrest in Minsk. People are tired, people demand peace and silence," the president stressed. He noted that, on the one hand, it is good that Belarusian­s had a glance at what they could lose. But, there is a lot of people, the vast majority, who are used to living in a quiet country. We have to return this calm country to them," Aleksandr Lukashenko said. He also ordered to protect workers from slander and threats of the street. “Protect the working people, not only factory workers and factories, but also other working groups, organizati­ons (who are facing threats), media teams,” said the head of state. “If some people working in the media want to go out to protest and then come back again, they should not have such a chance. If you go, then go. But we need to protect working teams. This is our are also some people like this at the enterprise­s,” the head of state said. “We should not heighten tensions within labor collective­s. Neverthele­ss, if you want to work – then work, just like I said, if not – get out, do not bother others. But there will be no coming back to this enterprise after that. Many people are looking forward to getting a job at these enterprise­s. Moreover, all these enterprise­s are already overstaffe­d,” he added. Aleksandr Lukashenko also pointed out that it is important to focus on resolving daily issues of people. “The state secretary was right in this respect, the governors also mentioned this,” the president noted. “People should see that the authoritie­s, especially the central government agencies, not only focus on restoring order in Minsk Hero City and two or three other cities, but also look into the matters that influence the life of our people,” he said. state. You see it. More than that, they are pushing us to the confrontat­ion with the fraternal nation, Russians. This should never happen. Therefore, mass media should step up their work,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. To the government The head of state instructed the government to oversee the implementa­tion of his instructio­ns regarding the uninterrup­ted operation of enterprise­s. “I must admit that company executives and the government have done a great job and achieved good results. But there is no relaxing yet,” he said. According to the president, it is necessary to help heads of enterprise­s organize the manufactur­ing process. “It is a must. We cannot leave them alone, face to face with the crowd that is sometimes sitting at the entrance checkpoint, preventing people from working. And there To the Defense Ministry: To mass media: “The Defense Ministry should pay utmost attention to the NATO troops relocation to the territory of Poland and Lithuania. We should track their movements and their intentions. However, at “Mass media should explain, inform and warn people that the programs of this ‘black hundred' will lead to the fall of Belarus as a sovereign and independen­t National Herald Tribune, Friday, August 21, 2020

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