May 08, 2012 14:09 EDT
Azerbaijan on Tuesday defended its human rights record and accused "jealous" forces of seeking to tarnish the country's image as it prepares to host the Eurovision song contest.
Dec 16, 2011 09:50 EST
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned France on Friday their political and economic relations would suffer grave consequences if the French parliament passed a draft law making it illegal to deny the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire was genocide.
Dec 15, 2011 09:33 EST
The following story recalls the experiences of Reuters photographer Shamil Zhumatov when the leaders of the newly independent post-Soviet republics gathered in his home city of Alma-Ata in 1991. Zhumatov has been a Reuters photographer in ex-Soviet Central Asia for the last 17 years and has also covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He lived the first 20 years of his life in the Soviet Union and the second 20 years as a citizen of Kazakhstan.
Dec 05, 2011 16:24 EST
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Vilnius Monday to promote democracy and human rights in the ex-Soviet bloc and Central Asia, including media rights in the digital age, aides said.
Oct 07, 2011 14:28 EDT
TBILISI (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy accused Russia before a cheering crowd in Georgia on Friday of violating the ceasefire that ended the 2008 war in the Caucasus and assured his audience that the door to the European Union remains open.
Oct 07, 2011 09:37 EDT
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said France should confront its colonial past before giving lessons to others on how to face history, in an angry response Friday to a call by President Nicolas Sarkozy for Ankara to recognize the 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide.
Oct 06, 2011 17:18 EDT
BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations on Thursday after three soldiers were killed on a ceasefire line near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region before a visit to the Caucasus by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Jul 11, 2011 19:29 EDT
The US will support Russia's bid to resolve the conflict in Libya provided Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi steps down, President Barack Obama told his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev Monday.
Jun 26, 2011 08:03 EDT
BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, speaking during the biggest military parade in Baku since the fall of the Soviet Union, promised to boost army spending and gain control of the territories disputed with Armenia.
Jun 25, 2011 11:08 EDT
YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other on Saturday for failing to reach an agreement on a framework document that would set the stage for an end to their two decade-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Jun 24, 2011 05:04 EDT
MOSCOW, June 24 - Bitter neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan are under pressure from global powers for a breakthrough on Friday in their long and bloody dispute over the mountainous territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Jun 04, 2011 13:39 EDT
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Azerbaijan's defense ministry was quoted Saturday as saying Azeri troops would eventually be sent to seize back the Armenian-backed breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Mar 17, 2011 14:16 EDT
BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan and Armenia on Thursday exchanged prisoners detained by the two sides after the conflict over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in a gesture of good will between long-term foes.
Dec 29, 2010 14:55 EST
Armenia says it has air defense missiles and warns Azerbaijan against renewed conflict. Armenia's Defense Ministry has announced that it has S-300 air defense missiles and says it made the announcement to remind neighboring Azerbaijan of the dangers of renewing military conflict.
Dec 02, 2010 18:53 EST
ASTANA (Reuters) - Unresolved conflicts across the former Soviet Union thwarted attempts by Europe's main security watchdog to adopt new powers on Friday, sending world leaders home empty-handed from the first OSCE summit in over a decade.
Dec 01, 2010 10:08 EST
ASTANA (Reuters) - The United States called on Europe's main security watchdog on Wednesday to prove its mettle by giving more support to the war in Afghanistan and working to resolve simmering conflicts across the former Soviet Union.
Nov 26, 2010 05:26 EST
ASTANA (Reuters) - Heads of state flying to Kazakhstan's showpiece capital for a security summit next week will be met with fanfare as Astana shrugs off critics of its year at the helm of Europe's top security and rights watchdog.
Nov 08, 2010 08:42 EST
BAKU (Reuters) - Monitors rebuked oil-producing Azerbaijan on Monday for holding a flawed parliamentary election that tightened President Ilham Aliyev's hold over the former Soviet republic, a strategic partner of the West.
Nov 06, 2010 19:44 EDT
BAKU (Reuters) - The oil-producing former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan holds a parliamentary election on Sunday that the opposition says is stage-managed to give victory to loyalists of President Ilham Aliyev.
Sep 25, 2010 18:55 EDT
Armenia on Saturday accused neighboring Azerbaijan of using its oil wealth to fuel "military adventure," amid mounting tensions between the two over a disputed region.