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Tuesday, April 29 2008, #080 (1596)

Russia threatens military action in Abkhazia

Russia has threatened Georgia with military action if fighting breaks out in the separatist enclave of Abkhazia, provoking statements of concern from Tbilisi. (more)

Television stations, accused of pro-government bias, restart opposition coverage

The country’s leading television stations are once again airing campaign coverage of the nine-party opposition coalition, after a mutual boycott just weeks before the May parliamentary elections. (more)

Georgia, Saudi Arabia only obstacles to Russian WTO membership

Russia officials say they are nearing World Trade Organization membership, but the Georgian government says it will not make concessions in negotiations on allowing Russian entry. (more)

Words of the Day

The West’s support against Russian aggression provides an opportunity

The international community has spoken strongly and unequivocally against Russia’s steps toward undermining Georgian sovereignty. (more)

Kazakhstan ramps up involvement in Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan

Astana is planning to increase the capacity of Kazakhstan’s Kurik port, from which oil mined at Kazakhstan’s Kashagan and Tengiz fields will be delivered by tankers to Baku. (more)

Turkey plans rail link to Azerbaijan via Iran

Turkey is pushing a planned regional rail project that will link it to Azerbaijan via Iran, the news agency Regnum reports. (more)

Press Scanner

“About 80 percent of building materials are imported to Georgia” (more)

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