Russia, Morocco Sign String Of Energy And Military Deals

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev discussed supplying liquefied Russian natural gas to Morocco on a visit to Rabat on October 11 during which he signed a string of energy, military, and other deals. Medvedev met with Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani and presided at a signing ceremony for 11 bilateral agreements covering cooperation in such areas as customs, agriculture, the military, culture, energy efficiency, and nuclear energy. Medvedev touted what he called a “very promising project to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to…

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Turkmenistan To Spend $93-Billion On Oil And Gas Sector

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has vowed to spend tens of billions of dollars to prop up the country’s oil-and-gas sector, which has been hurt by low global prices and falling demand from Russia. “In the next seven years, we will make investments of 240 billion manats. In the oil-and-gas complex, we will invest 159 billion manats,” Berdymukhamedov said. He was speaking on October 9 at a meeting of the Council of Elders, an unelected body that offers no real check on the powers of the authoritarian Turkmen leader. Sitting on…

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Turkey To Meet With Iran, Iraq Over Kurdish Independence Vote

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on September 28 that he wants to hold a summit with Iranian and Iraqi leaders to coordinate their response to the Kurdish vote for independence in Iraq. “We are planning to come together in the near future to coordinate the steps to be taken for the next period,” Yildirim told reporters in Turkey. “We want a three-way summit,” he said. Yildirim’s office said he discussed the referendum in a phone conversation with Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri on September 28. Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey…

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