Eurasia / News

EU challenges China’s Belt and Road with €300bn Global Gateway

bne IntelIiNews December 2, 2021

Bloc’s giant investment offer may appeal to countries worried by Chinese “debt-trap diplomacy”. Beijing warns against geopoliticising infrastructure.

Opposition parties in Kyrgyzstan reject preliminary results of parliamentary election

bne IntelIiNews November 28, 2021

Central Election Commission accused of fraud with claims that votes were stolen during 40-minute malfunction of tabulation monitor.

Iranians cheered by collapse of lira flood over Turkish border for Black Friday shopping

Daniel Rad in Dublin November 25, 2021

With Iran’s rial typically suffering only bad news given US sanctions, day-trippers didn’t need telling twice to make journey to bag some bargains.

Tehran City Council renames streets in dig at Azerbaijan

Javid Agha in Baku November 25, 2021

Road renamings celebrate historic Iranian links to the South Caucasus, as well as jailed Shiite group.

Saakashvili ends 50-day hunger strike

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2021

Former president agrees to end protest after he was transferred from a prison hospital, where he claims he was being abused by fellow inmates and not receiving appropriate medical treatment.

Large-scale Azerbaijani offensive against Armenia marks worst fighting since war

Neil Hauer in Yerevan November 17, 2021

Azerbaijan and Armenia agree a ceasefire to end a large-scale Azerbaijani offensive against Armenian territory.

Russia strikes deal on Iran's multi-trillion dollar Chalous gas field as ‘final act securing control over European energy market’

bne IntelIiNews November 16, 2021

Tehran said to be expecting geopolitical payoff by giving up control of field that makes Iran holder of world’s biggest gas reserves.

Climate change ‘destroying honey production in Kyrgyzstan’

bne IntelIiNews November 11, 2021

Disappearing glaciers leading to a loss of meltwater, leaving beekeepers high and dry.

Uzbekistan tells COP26 it aims to cut emissions by 35% within decade

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent November 11, 2021

Deputy PM says climate in Central Asia changing twice as fast as in other regions due to the drying up of the Aral Sea.

Norwegian Refugee Council calls on world to help Iran deal with hundreds of thousands of fled Afghans

bne IntelIiNews November 10, 2021

Ahead of harsh winter, 4,000 to 5,000 people from Afghanistan are crossing Iranian border daily says humanitarian NGO.

‘Expect less water next year,’ Kyrgyzstan warns downstream neighbours

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet November 10, 2021

Relations between upstream and downstream Central Asian countries can be tense. This won’t help.

Market weighing up Uzbekneftegaz’s scheduled eurobond

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent November 8, 2021

Rating agencies estimate that major projects to be completed in coming years might increase company’s Ebitda by more than 50% and contribute to the issuer’s deleveraging.

Uzbeks engulfed by worst dust storm in at least 150 years

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent November 8, 2021

Inhabitants of Tashkent struggle to breathe. Critical indicators suddenly showed city as second most polluted in the world.

EBRD lifts emerging Europe forecasts but warns of threats ahead

bne IntelliNews November 4, 2021

The EBRD has increased its 2021 GDP growth projection for the emerging Europe and SEMED regions where it operates to 5.5% after a strong performance in H1.

Nuclear deal talks restart date announced on same day Iran accuses US of interdicting Iranian oil tanker

bne IntelIiNews November 3, 2021

Negotiations to resume in Vienna on November 29. Americans deny interfering with vessel.

Centerra says Kyrgyzstan's Kumtor mine under state management underperformed mine plan by 24%

bne IntelIiNews November 3, 2021

Canadian company also questions absence of operating results since expropriation of mine, who’s is purchasing its gold and where the proceeds are.

Azerbaijan admits more than 100 soldiers were tortured in “Tartar" spy case

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2021

Prosecutor admits spying case is a 'black stain' on the country.

Tajikistan approves Chinese plan to construct security base near Afghan border

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 28, 2021

Dushanbe reportedly has also offered to transfer full control of existing, unacknowledged, base to Beijing. Chinese worried Afghanistan situation could benefit separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement.

Kazakhstan turning ‘blind eye’ to Chinese corporate polluters – watchdog

Eurasianet October 26, 2021

Government agencies and Kazakh-Chinese companies are using the pandemic to shield themselves from scrutiny.

Nearly everyone in Iran infected by coronavirus at some point concludes study

bne IntelIiNews October 21, 2021

Country nevertheless hasn’t achieved herd immunity as it faces sixth COVID-19 wave driven by delta variant, it adds.