Soviet Union

Russian Sanctions on Moldova Worry Romania

Romanian officials have expressed support for the government of neighbouring Moldova after Moscow last week announced the fruit import ban, which follows similar sanctions on the country’s cattle, beef and wine.

Fruit is one of poverty-stricken Moldova’s major export products, raising fears that the country’s economy could suffer.

Germany's Ambassador to Czech Republic 'to Head Bulgarian Mission'

Detlef Lingemann, the German Ambassador to the Czech Republic, is the successor to outgoing Matthias Hoepfner, who represented the country in Bulgaria, reports say.

The information came from the website, which quoted Germany's Foreign Ministry as confirming his appointment.

Former Soviet foreign minister and Georgian president Shevardnadze dies

Eduard Shevardnadze, an ex-president of Georgia and former Soviet foreign minister, died on July 7 after a long struggle with illness, his personal assistant said.

Shevardnadze, who was 86, played a vital role in ending the Cold War as Soviet foreign minister, went on to lead his native Georgia in the stormy early years after independence.

Turkmenistan hopes 'Door to Hell' will boost tourism

Locals call it the Door to Hell, a giant burning pit that has spit out angry flames for more than 40 years, casting a yellow-orange glow into the evening sky.
"It takes your breath away," said Gozel Yazkulieva, a 34-year-old visitor from the Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat. "You immediately think of your sins and feel like praying."       

Bulgaria nominates Bokova for UN Secretary General

From Euractiv

The Bulgarian government has nominated Irina Bokova, the current director-general of UNESCO, to be the next Secretary General of the United Nations, after the second mandate of Ban Ki-Moon expires in 2016.

It is the turn of Eastern Europe to lead the world organisation, and Bokova is seen as well-placed. She may also become the first woman to take the post.

Putin to seal new post-Soviet union with Belarus, Kazakhstan

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday arrived in the Kazakh capital where he was set to sign a deal with his Kazakh and Belarussian counterparts creating a new economic union championed by Moscow.
Putin, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev were due to sign the document in Astana following talks on Thursday.