Iran warns against foreign meddling in Kazakhstan

Smoke rises from the city hall building during a protest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Jan. 5, 2022. (AP) January 6, 2022 Iran has warned against meddling by foreign countries in Kazakhstan, the scene of violent protests, saying that the Tehran is monitoring the ongoing developments carefully. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Thursday [...]

By |January 6th, 2022|Kazakhstan|

Kazakhstan plays Iran anthem for Syria at FIBA WC qualifiers

The Asian qualifiers run from November to February 2023, with each national team playing home and away games in each tournament. (AP) November 29, 2021 Syria’s sports federation has complained to basketball’s world governing body after Kazakhstan welcomed its team with the Iranian national anthem, instead of the Syrian, to the game at [...]

By |November 29th, 2021|Kazakhstan, Syria|

Russia to hold naval drills with Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan

Iranian paratroopers parachuting during a military drill along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP) August 25, 2021 Russia’s defence ministry said on Tuesday it would hold naval drills in the Caspian Sea with small missile and artillery ships from Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in early September. Last week, [...]

By |August 31st, 2021|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia|

Iran’s huge Caspian gas find is a geopolitical gamechanger

Leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attend the signing ceremony of the 5th Caspian Summit. (AFP) By Simon Watkins August 23, 2021 Iran last week revealed a huge new gas deposit located in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea. The ‘Chalous’ structure is to be developed with the intention of [...]

By |August 23rd, 2021|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

Kazakhstan suspending flights to Iran over coronavirus; Russia issues travel warning

Quarantine center for suspected coronavirus cases in Tehran, February 5, 2020. (ISNA) February 26, 2020 Kazakhstan's chief sanitary doctor says the country plans to suspend flights to and from Iran from March 1 because of the spread of the new coronavirus. Zhandarbek Bekshin told a press briefing in Nur-Sultan on February 26 that [...]

By |February 26th, 2020|Kazakhstan, Russia|

Iran wants to start oil & gas production in this disputed hotspot

Leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attend the signing ceremony of the 5th Caspian Summit. (AFP) By Simon Watkins January 4, 2020 Given the array of sweetener deals in the oil and gas sector promised to Russia by Iran in the past year or so – suspended until public outcry over [...]

By |January 4th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

Iranian wrestlers may be ordered to lose again to avoid facing Israelis

Iranian wrestler Alireza Karimi leading his match against Russia’s Alikhan Zhabrailov 3-2 at the World Championships in Poland, November 25, 2017. (YouTube) By Payam Younesipour September 10, 2019 Five Iranian wrestlers could be in serious trouble with Islamic Republic authorities and face a serious crisis in their careers if they end up having [...]

By |September 10th, 2019|Israel, Kazakhstan|

The future of Iran’s Caspian Sea territory

(R-L) Presidents of Turkmenistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Iran meeting to discuss their respective rights in the Caspian Sea. August 12, 2018. (AP) By Faramarz Davar August 6, 2019 One year after the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea was signed, the Iranian public has expressed alarm about the fate of a [...]

By |August 6th, 2019|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

Who is behind Iran’s debacle in the Caspian Sea?

Leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attend the signing ceremony of the 5th Caspian Summit. (AFP) By Amir Taheri August 18, 2018 The storm raised last week over the signature by Iran of the Russian-sponsored Caspian Sea Convention may or may not subside anytime soon. But, whatever happens, it has opened [...]

By |August 18th, 2018|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|

Rouhani defends Caspian Sea convention, saying no sell-out

Kazakhstan - Summit of the Caspian states. Aktau, 12 August, 2018. (RFE/RL) August 16, 2018 President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet members lined up on Wednesday to defend a Convention signed by the littoral states of the Caspian Sea. Responding to reports and speculations that question the possible benefits and advantages of the [...]

By |August 16th, 2018|Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan|