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2008-08-29 06:00:26

By Gerri Peev RUSSIA has issued a stark warning over what it says is a build- up of Nato ships in the Black Sea, as tensions rise to their highest level since the outbreak of hostilities in Georgia. The missile destroyer USS McFaul is already off the coast, with the US Coastguard ship Dallas docked in Georgia's port of Batumi, both to show support for the Caucasus nation. Washington has now ordered the flagship of its 6th Fleet, the sophisticated command ship Mount Whitney, into the...

2008-08-26 12:00:02

The Russian Parliament voted unanimously Monday to urge President Dmitri Medvedev to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two separatist enclaves that at the center of recent fighting, further stoking tensions between Moscow and the West. The votes by both chambers of Parliament, which were not legally binding, come as the White House announced that Vice President Dick Cheney would travel to three former Soviet republics next week: Georgia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan....

2008-08-14 21:00:13

By Jennifer Loven WASHINGTON - President Bush put the U.S. more firmly than ever on Georgia's side in its conflict with Russia on Wednesday, sending humanitarian aid on U.S. military planes to help the embattled former Soviet republic and displaying growing impatience with Moscow's aggression. Six days into the fighting in the tiny, impoverished country wedged between Russia and Turkey on the Black Sea, Bush said Moscow's apparent violation of a cease-fire agreement puts its aspirations...

2008-08-11 12:00:17

By Liam Creedon; Sam Marsden GEORGIA'S president Mikhail Saakashvili said today he has signed a ceasefire agreement in the presence of French and Finnish foreign ministers acting as witnesses. Earlier, Britain condemned Russian attacks deep into Georgian territory as "deplorable" amid fading hopes of an early end to the conflict. The prospects of peace had also been cast in doubt today after Russia launched air strikes on the Georgian capital Tbilisi and its navy sank a Georgian boat in...

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2008-08-11 09:05:00

By Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili and Ben Feller Associated Press Unfazed by sharp criticism from President Bush, Russia battled Georgian forces on land and sea, reports said late Sunday, despite a Georgian cease-fire offer and its claim to be withdrawing from South Ossetia, the separatist Georgian province battered by days of intense fighting. Russia claimed to have sunk a Georgian boat that was trying to attack Russian vessels in the Black Sea, and Georgian officials said Russia sent tanks from...

2008-08-11 06:00:43

Text of report by privately-owned Kazakhstan Today news agency website Astana, 11 August: Kazakhstan's premier, Karim Masimov, has suggested redirecting the flow of the Kazakh [crude] oil going [to export] via the Georgian sea port of Batumi to domestic consumption. He made this proposal at today's on-phone government meeting, a Kazakhstan Today news agency correspondent reports. "Let us redirect this [oil] flow to domestic use and resolve this issue along with the Energy Ministry,"...

2008-08-10 21:00:20

For the past several weeks I have been traveling and can't wait to share with you my adventures on the Black Sea. I still get excited when I have the opportunity to visit new places and this was a new destination for me. I had been to Istanbul and Athens before, but had never visited the Ukraine, Bulgaria or Romania. I absolutely loved Romania and hopefully will have an opportunity to see more of Romania in the next year or so. Before I start my articles on the Black Sea, I want to...

2008-08-09 15:00:29

Text of report by state-funded Georgian Public Television Channel 1 on 9 August We have just been informed by our correspondent in Batumi that evacuation has been declared at the town's airport. Passengers and airport staff are being taken out of the building. The airport's administration has received information about an expected attack by Russian aircraft. Evacuation was declared by the airport administration just as a Boeing jet bound for Istanbul was due to take off. The flight has been...

2008-08-08 03:00:39

KYIV, Ukraine, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanco Prykerchenska Ltd. (VPL) today confirmed its readiness to begin a dialogue with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as soon as the company receives a direct and official request from the government of Ukraine to begin negotiations. VPL will not suspend proceedings in the Arbitration Institute of Stockholm unless and until VPL and the government make significant and meaningful progress in the discussions over the company's Hydrocarbon Sharing...

2008-07-29 12:01:18

Russian oil firm Rosneft has stated its aim to start selling fuel in Italy. The Mediterranean country represents a decent prospect for Rosneft as the lack of price competition would provide it with an opportunity to undercut its rivals. Moreover, Rosneft's refining capacity in the Black Sea means that it would not be dependent on market incumbents for supplies. Russian oil major Rosneft's European representative, Alexander Karpushin, has revealed that the company is looking at the different...


Latest Black Sea Reference Libraries

Black Sea Urchin, Diadema antillarum
2013-04-30 12:59:49

The black sea urchin (Diadema antillarum), also known as the lime sea urchin or the long-spined sea urchin, is a species that can be found in the Caribbean basin and the western waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It prefers to inhabit coral reefs in these areas and resides at depths of up to 32.8 feet. This species has a test, or outer shell, that is similar that of most species of sea urchin. However, this species has longer spines, a trait from which it derived one of its common names. These...

Sea of Marmara
2013-04-18 22:26:30

The Sea of Marmara, or otherwise known as the Sea of Marmora or the Marmara Sea, is the inland sea that connects the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea, thus dividing Turkey’s Asian and European parts. The Bosphorus strait connects it to the Dardanelles and the Black Sea to the Aegean. The sea has an area of 11,350 square kilometers (280 kilometers x 80 kilometers) with the greatest depth reaching 1,370 meters. The salinity of the sea averages about 22 parts per thousand, which is slightly...

Aegean Sea
2013-04-18 19:17:48

The Aegean Sea is a stretched out embayment of the Mediterranean Sea that is located between the southern Balkan and Anatolian peninsulas. Northwards, it’s connected to the Marmara Sea and the Black sea via the Dardanelles and Bosporus. The Aegean Islands are located in the sea and some bordering its southern periphery, including Rhodes and Crete. This Aegean region consists of 9 provinces in southwestern Turkey, partly bordering on the Aegean Sea. It was traditionally known as...

Sea of Azov
2013-04-18 19:13:38

The Sea of Azov, known is Classical Antiquity as Lake Maeotis, is a sea towards the south of Eastern Europe. It’s linked by the narrow Strait of Kerch to the Black Sea towards the south and is bordered in the north by mainland Ukraine, in the east by Russia, and in the west by the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. The Kuban and Don are the major rivers that flow into the Sea of Azov. This sea is the shallowest in the world with the depth varying between 2 ft 11 inch and 46 ft. There’s a...

Black Sea
2013-04-18 19:11:10

The Black Sea is a sea located in south-eastern Europe. It’s bordered by Europe, Anatolia and the Caucasus and is eventually connected to the Atlantic Ocean by means of the Mediterranean and the Aegean Seas and a variety of straits. The Bosphorus Strait connects it to the Sea of Marmara, and the Strait of the Dardanelles connects that sea to the Aegean Sea area of the Mediterranean. These waters divide eastern Europe and western Asia. The Black Sea is connected to the Sea of Azov by the...

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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.