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Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia will hold joint military exercises

Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia will hold joint military exercises; this agreement was reached at a meeting of defense ministers of the three countries in Nahchivan. This was announced on Tuesday by the head of the defense department of Azerbaijan Zakir Hasanov.

The minister said that the objective of the exercise is to increase the military efficiency of the armed forces.

During of Nakhchivan meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia - Zakir Hasanov, Ismet Yilmaz and Iraklii Alasania also agreed to hold meetings in this format twice a year, the organization of joint seminars and conferences, creating of trilateral format in military education and cooperation in the military technical sphere, said Hasanov.

The minister said that it is planned to organize meetings of experts to explore promising areas of cooperation.

The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia have also discussed the military-political situation in the region, had an exchange of views on issues of security and restore stability in the region.

The parties also noted the effectiveness of development cooperation in this format.

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Georgia will host next festival of house wines

It is well known that Georgia is the cradle of viticulture and winemaking. Real Georgian wine long has been valued in the world. It is suffice to say that in ancient times the Greek traders as payment for their products, taking as rule gold, instead of it willingly took Georgian wine - a wine of ancient Colchis.

High quality and excellent taste of Georgian wine was created by generations of Georgian farmers and winemakers. Today, connoisseurs and lovers of Georgian wine are known not only popular brands of its makers. Are also known traditional family brands, which for decades are symbols of a rare quality of so-called home-made wines.
Not by chance, Racha-Lechkhumy Festival will be held on August, 24 in the city of Ambrolauri, informed the organizers of the festival - "Combining traditional winemaking Georgia".

Local winemakers present wines made by traditional method, in own wine cellars (called Marani).

"The guests of the festival will have an opportunity to try and taste the great wines of Racha Lechkhumy. During the festival will be organized tasting of unique local cheese and honey, and will be held a concert, which will featured by folk ensembles and the" Canudos" group - promise organizers.

The festival aims to restore and preserve the traditional wine-making in the region, promoting the development of a culture of family farming. Racha Lechkhumy Wine Festival is held for the second time.

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August, 18 is planned a meeting ministers of defense of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey

Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania tomorrow will travel to Azerbaijan. During the visit will be held a trilateral meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

According to the statement of Alasaniya, this meeting was preparing for a long time with the initiative of the Georgian side last year. As the head of the Defense Ministry of Georgia noted, it will be the first formal meeting of the three ministers.

According to him, the meeting and the subsequent clearance of the agreement will be focused on the planning of actions by three countries aimed to the protection of the communications infrastructure, in particular, oil and gas pipelines and railways in a critical situation, in case if there is a military escalation. As emphasized Alasaniya, it is not a step against anyone. "On the contrary such agreements provide additional support for regional stability", - concluded Alasania.

 

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Planned to organize Georgian-Azerbaijan AGROFORUM

Azerbaijan intends to learn the experience of Georgia in the field of agriculture. This was stated by representatives of Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan delegation at a meeting with the head of the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture Otar Daneliya, as it was reported.

The Georgian side briefed the guests on projects that have been implemented in the country in recent years to develop the agricultural sector.

The parties also discussed the projects that are being implemented in Azerbaijan irrigation system, introduction of new technologies, and the purchase of European equipment for the agricultural sector. The Georgian side has taken a special interest in the experience of Azerbaijan in the field of agricultural leasing.

"For us it is very important to listen to our neighbors, who have ten years of experience in the field of agricultural leasing, and their opinion is very interesting for me. I think that we will be able to organize Agroforum with participation of Azerbaijani and Georgian businessmen. Such form of communication will give us the opportunity to learn from each other" - said the Georgian minister.

At the meeting Daneliya spoke about the new challenges that are associated with the signing of Georgia association agreement with the EU. He stressed, that in this regard Georgia introduced new approaches and standards.

 

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Batumi hosted international forum "The Congress of the European Economic Senate".

At the initiative of the European Economic Senate, in Batumi hotel "Sheraton" was held an international forum "The Congress of the European Economic Senate."

European Economic Senate (EES) is the coordinating center, the organization of European business, whose members include the heads of large companies and the policies of the European Union. The President of the EES is the Vice President of European Parliament Ingo Friedrich.

Congress in Batumi was attended by the Executive Director of the EES, the senators, the chairman of the Union of large taxpayers of Europe, members of the European Parliament and European investors. From the Georgian side the event was attended by businessmen and government officials who addressed the participants of the congress with a speech.

During the event, representatives of the Georgian and European business held bilateral meetings.

At the congress was emphasized the intensification and simplification of the Georgian-European trade relations, attracting European investment to Georgia, the introduction in Georgia European business standards and ways to promote the interests of the Georgian business in Europe. During the event, were presentations of several projects that are of interest of European investors.

Organizer of the congress is "The Business Club of Georgia", which was founded in 2014 and already includes several large business companies. Co-organizers of the event are the Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and the National Investment Agency.

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Georgian FlyVista will launch flights between Tbilisi and Kiev from August, 28

Georgian Airways FlyVista from August, 28 will launch flights on the route Tbilisi - Kiev (airport "Kiev") - Tbilisi. Schedule provides fly from Tbilisi to Kiev at 13:00, from Kiev to Tbilisi at 15:25. Flight time is 1 hour 45 minutes.

According to a press release from the airline, flights will be operated from Tbilisi to Kiev three times a week - on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays – by Aircraft Boeing 737-300 with cabin only economy class, which will be offered food and drinks to be paid on board .

Ticket price in one direction – is up to $ 99, including all airport taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased at the office of the General Agency Sales FlyVista in Kiev - Ukrainian Handling Company, in accredited travel agencies, as well as on the web page of the company.

Free baggage allowance on the flights - 20 kg and 7 kg hand baggage.

FlyVista is airline operating scheduled passenger flights to neighboring countries in Tbilisi. Currently FlyVista is already flying from Tbilisi to Teheran and plans to open flights to Moscow, Almaty, Prague, Minsk, Istanbul and Baku.

 

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to win the nation's first direct presidential election in Turkey

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 52% of the vote, won the presidential race in Turkey after counting 98% of the ballots, according to preliminary results of the election committee.

Officially, the winner will be announced after consideration of all appeals.
At the moment, after counting 98% of ballots Tayyip Erdogan gaining 20.7 million votes (52%). Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, voted for the 15.4 million voters (38.5%). Selahattin Demirtas scored 3.9 million votes (9.7%).

Ankara and Istanbul give majority of votes to Erdogan (53% and 50%, respectively). Second and third place in both metropolitan areas are divided between Ihsanoglu (43.5% and 41.16) and Demirtas (3.5% and 9.1%). Erdogan won more than 50% of the vote in the 51 provinces. Ihsanoglu and Demirtas achieved such a result in 11 provinces and 9, respectively.

In the whole country for the present prime minister voted in 58 provinces from 81. Single candidate from several opposition parties Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu received the support of 13 provinces, located on the shores of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as in the province of Eskisehir. Kurdish candidate Selahattin Demirtaş has traditionally supported the Kurdish population in the south-east of the country (10 provinces).

In Turkey, was finished the first-ever direct presidential elections. From 1923 to the present head of the Turkish Republic is elected by Parliament. The attendance was 72.9%. Total voted 40.7 million of the 52.9 million voters.

There are three candidates for the presidency – present Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Selahattin Demirtas. To win, a candidate must obtain an absolute majority (50% plus one vote). Otherwise, on August 24 could be held the second round.

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Announced tender for construction of the port Anakliya

The Georgian government, through the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, invites local and international companies to take part in the competition for expression of interest for the construction of a new multi-function port Anakliya (Western Georgia), was said in the press service of the Georgian prime minister.

According to information, by the order of the Georgian government was set up a commission for reviewing the applications for participation in the competition for the expression of interest, which is headed by the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili.

This decision was preceded a research made by partner funds of Georgia in order to choose the best location for the port. As a result of the 10 locations, located on the Black Sea coast between Inguri and Chorokhi, priority was given to Anaklia, as compared to alternative locations; dock has the prospect of expansion and development, as well as good access to the deep sea canyon.

Georgian Prime Minister said that the location of Anakliya differs with competitive advantages and called the construction of infrastructure project on this scale the most important for the country. According to him, the port Anakliya will raise the transit potential of the country to a new level.

We recall that the issue of Anakliya port development and tight-fitting area was discussed in February 2014 at a meeting of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili with the president of the American investment holding "Conti Group" Kurt Conti, during which "Conti Group" presented a three-phase project of port building, with the throughput capacity of 100 million tons.

"According to preliminary calculations, besides a port in Anaklia is expected to develop a logistics and industrial zone, construction of an international airport and a liquefied natural gas terminal", - according to the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, noting that "Conti Group" has 100 years of experience in the management of similar projects .

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Batumi will host "The European Economic Congress"

International Forum "The European Economic Congress" will be held on August, 15 in Batumi.

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Unique archaeological finds are discovered in Mtskheta

Unique archaeological finds were discovered on Pikris Gora (mountain) in the town of Mtskheta (the ancient capital of Georgia, located near Tbilisi) during construction works on private site in the territory of old graves, according to the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.

By law, the construction works has been suspended and for the archaeologists began investigations who work on the Pikris Gora (mountain) since the end of July - when finds were discovered. In the study area they have discovered and studied early medieval burial, among them - five kinds of burials.

"In places of burials were found gold rings, hooks for clothes and a gold coin of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine VIII (1025-1028), that confirms that the citizens of Mtskheta were buried in the burial ground of Pikris Gora (mountain) not only in the IV-VI centuries, but also in the Middle Ages "- is said on the official website of the department.

In addition to coins and gold ornaments were also found other items - fasteners, brooches, storage vessels and incense made from different materials rings and beads.

"On Pikris Gora (mountain) in Mtskheta were found family and individual graves, and the majority of the dead were buried according to Christian rules", - is said in the announcement. At the same time it is indicated that founded items during archaeological excavations are similar to those that have been found previously at different times in the examinations of other ancient burial places in Mtskheta.

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, together with the National Agency for Protection of Cultural Heritage of Georgia will consider that findings were given the status of "moving monuments".

"The public will see the new finds in Tbilisi in autumn of this year. Till the end of August it will be decided which of the museums will be present new materials. Then unique found items will be stored in the new Museum of Mtskheta", - said the ministry.

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In the Constitution of Georgia will be brought amendments

In the Constitution of Georgia will be brought in amendments in order to correct errors said the Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, speaking at the annual meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions of the country abroad in Tbilisi recently.

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