The 9th international seminar on problems of the Caspian region has opened in Teheran. It is attended by foreign ministerial representatives of the Caspian states, as well as over 100 scientists, experts and diplomats from different countries. Russia is represented by deputy foreign minister Viktor Kalyuzhny. Taking the floor at the opening of the seminar, Viktor Kalyuzhny noted that some more time will be required for elaborating a new legal status of the Caspian. But no haste must be made here, he warned. "We have to lay a strong basis for the expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation between all the Caspian countries", he said. Kalyuzhny also declared that Russia objects against the building of trans-Caspian underwater pipelines without a thorough consideration of technicalities that can guarantee preservation of the Caspian inner-sea ecosystem.
In response to the unlawful December 1 arrest and detention of Chinese tech giant Huawei's chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities in Vancouver at the behest of the Trump regime, facing possible unacceptable extradition to the US, Beijing warned its high-tech personnel last month against traveling to America unless it's essential.
Rescuers found the pilot of one of the two Su-34 fighters that had collided in midair in the Far East on January 18