The week ends with two people in Kazakhstan testing positive for coronavirus, the first official instance for the Stans. The Central Asian states are closing off borders for travellers from certain countries.
TurkStream, Turkey’s natural gas pipeline project transporting Russian natural gas to Europe via Turkey launched on January 8, 2020, with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Also attending the ceremony were President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia, and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria.
Georgia’s national flag carrier, Georgian Airways, has filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Rights against the Ministry of Transport of Russia for the agency’s “unreasonable ban of flights to Georgia.” According to the CEO of the company, Roman Bokeria, the transport regulator of the Russian Federation justified the flying by claiming that Georgia owes $800,000 debt to Russian government agency.