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What will do Iran with E3+3 proposal ?

During two days (26 -27 February) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear file, the so-called P5-plus-1 group offered to slightly ease economic sanctions if Tehran halts production of near-weapons-grade uranium fuel.

Iran in talks on nuclear programAs is well known, the powers — China, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and the United States — fear Iran is seeking the ability to make nuclear bombs, an intent it denies by authorities in Tehran. So, what happened in Almaty, by the rule and line ?

The world powers have proposed allowing Iran to trade in gold and some other precious metals, a change that would ease the sanctions that have largely severed Iran from the world banking system. They also offered to ease sanctions on petrochemical sales and relax some banking restrictions. In exchange, Iran would have to stop producing so-called medium-enriched uranium at its underground plant at Fordow.

At the end of the meeting, Foreign Minister of UK, William Hague said on his Twitter account that: ”Iran talks in Almaty were a useful first step.We look to Iran to respond positively to E3+3 proposal at next meeting in March.” Also, Michael Mann, chief spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who is diplomatic point person for the six powers, described the meetings as “useful”. Iran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili described the Almaty meeting as “positive”. In change, a State Department spokesman in Washington declined to comment on whether there had been progress in the talks. There is good to know that Secretary of State John F. Kerry implied this week that time was running out and that Washington could yet turn to military action to prevent Tehran from acquiring a bomb. Israel has also threatened military action.

The parties agreed to hold an experts meeting in Istanbul on March 18, followed by a political directors meeting, again in Almaty, Kazakhstan on April 5-6, negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran announced in a joint statement at the conclusion of talks Wednesday.

So, what will do Iran with such an offer ? Western diplomats say that their expectations are modest (also the expectations about Almaty meeting were minimal !) and that the most they might achieve from the talks is an agreement to have several lower-level follow-up meetings in the next several months. Iran is an year with presidential election. Serious negotiations or an Iranian decision until the fall (when will enter the power next president are unlikely (the election will be held in June, but the new president will not be in office until August). Until then, the parties involved (but mainly Iran, U.S. and Israel) will re-evaluate their options, strategies, ”jokers” and ”aces in the hole”. And, not least, the international community’s increasing concerns about weapons nuclear program in North Korea could change somewhat top of international agenda.

Russia and Kazakhstan – cooperation for implementation of “ERA-GLONASS” project

By the end of 2012, Russia and Kazakhstan will finalize how form will have the cooperation for implementation of the project “ERA GLONASS” said last week in Astana, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Vladislav Surkov, after talks with Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Serik Akhmetov, inform primeminister.kz site. In addition, the Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov said that the Ministry Surkov_Akhmetovof Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan is already working to introduce such a system in the country.

In early of November, Russia has invited Kazakhstan to participate in the project on marketing GLONASS technology – “ERA GLONASS” (emergency response in case of emergency). “ERA-GLONASS” is a project for emergency medical assistance in case of car accidents. “ERA-GLONASS” is a project on rendering emergency care to people in car accidents. The Russian Emergency Response System reduces the time of ambulance and rescuers arrival to the accident site to 30%.

At the end of the meeting, Vladislav Surkov gave an interview to the Kazakh journalists and said that a Eurasian transport corridor is impossible without cooperation with Kazakhstan. ““I believe we are mutually interested in introduction of navigation technologies on the basis of GLONASS system both in the territory of Russia and in the territory of Kazakhstan. We are ready for negotiations and expect that the main spheres of cooperation will be defined by the year end,” he said.

“Today, I came here to discuss the possibility of cooperation in the development of the navigation system” – Surkov said, stressing that “we regard Russia as a transit country, and we are very aware that without the fruitfulcooperation with Kazakhstan, Eurasian transport corridor cannot be developed”. “I think we have a common interest in implementing the system “GLONASS” navigation technology and associated ” – added Russian Deputy Prime Minister Surkov.

According National Innovation Policy of Kazakhstan, “seven projects on technologies commercialization were implemented in Kazakhstan in 2011. Another 22 projects are planned to be implemented in 2012. 105 applications for technology business incubation totaling 7.3 billion tenge were submitted in 2010, 210 applications totaling 1.6 billion tenge – in 2011”.