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Newsletter Exclusive – Regional Press Review (12-15 Oct.)

RUSSIA

What is happening to the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula? 

Russian police arrested protesters in the midst of ongoing demonstrations in Khabarovsk.

Trump’s Administration is renewing its move towards a nuclear arms deal with Russia before the elections. 

EU Foreign Ministers agree to sanction Russia. 

ARMENIA

UN chief welcomes Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire. 

Nagorno-Karabakh cease-fire strained as Azerbaijan, Armenia trade accusations. 

Azerbaijan, Armenia trade blame for truce violations in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting.

 AZERBAIJAN

Azerbaijan says France is not neutral in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. 

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev warns Moscow talks “Last Chance” For Armenia.

Russian, Turkish Defense Chiefs discuss Karabakh war.

BULGARIA

Russia suspends two Bulgarian diplomats. 

Commission calls for “good faith” in Greece-Bulgaria deals with North Macedonia. 

Bulgaria: MEPs call for EU values to be fully and unconditionally respected. 

BRUSSELS/SOFIA–Heavy defeat over Bulgaria’s rule of law. 

GEORGIA

2020 Polls: OSCE/ODIHR cancels short term election observation. 

Constitutional Reform Commission formed in Abkhazia.

ECHR finds Georgia guilty in 2009 LGBT office raid. 

MFA Georgia responds to opening of so-called Embassy of occupied Abkhazia in Syria. 

Georgia detains two state experts over ceding lands to Azerbaijan. 

MOLDOVA

Moldovan diplomacy head has phone discussion with Georgian counterpart. 

Just weeks before presidential vote, GRECO raps Moldova over failure to tackle corruption.

Progress made in United Nations—Moldova Partnership assessed at joint meeting. 

Moldova’s Reintegration Bureau takes note in case of policeman seized by breakaway Transnistrian structures.

ROMANIA

Romania, U.S. sign 2020–­2030 defense cooperation roadmap. 

Implementation plan for Romanian’s 2020-2024 National Defense Strategy, Defense White Paper approved. 

TURKEY

Borrell throws Turkey hot potato back into EU leaders’ hands.

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Mediterranean tensions. 

Iraqi official stresses closer cooperation with Turkey.

UKRAINE

Amos J. Hochstein: Naftogaz faces increasing sabotage from corrupt forces. 

Venice Commission criticizes parts of Zelensky’s judicial reform bill. 

Kuleba advocates expanding Ukraine’s diplomatic presence in Central Europe. 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Taiwanese Leader praises relations with the Czech Republic during Forum 2000 speech. 

Brussels greenlights contentious media sale in Central Europe. 

Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic recall Ambassadors from Belarus. 

HUNGARY

Justice Minister: EC Rule of Law Report ignores detailed summaries submitted by Hungary. 

FMA: EC Vice-President’s remarks not to affect Hungarian-Czech relations. 

FM Szijjártó to Belarusian Counterpart: Hungary interested in maintaining communication. 

POLAND

Polish, Ukrainian presidents to sign joint declaration on bilateral relations. 

Poles divided over Ambassadors’ letter concerning LGBT rights: survey. 

Polish, Lithuanian ambassadors recalled from Belarus. 

SLOVAKIA

Support for PM and ruling OĽaNO party plunging amid pandemic and scandals. 

Slovak extremist leader Marian Kotleba sentenced to four years in jail. 

UN: Slovakia has joined the joint statement on human rights in China. 

Minister Korčok: We call on Russia and Turkey to use their influence in the Nagorno-Karabakh situation. 

SLOVENIA

Slovenian-Chinese Business Council concerned for Huawei. 

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