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Regional Press Review (15 – 21 Oct.)

RUSSIA

Russia and China gain more seats in the UNHRC.

Norway blames Russia of initiating a cyber-attack on the Parliament.

EU imposes sanctions on Russia over poisoning of Navalny. 

Russia withdraws from MH17 talks with Netherlands, Australia. 

Syria/Russia: Strategy Targeted Civilian Infrastructure.

The U.S. refuses Putin’s proposal to expand the nuclear weapons deal. 

Navalny willing to return to Russia amid the Kremlin’s attempts to drive him away. 

Moscow to start large coronavirus vaccination.

Six Russian intelligence officers charged of hacking by the U.S.

ARMENIA

Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital shelled after brief lull in fighting. 

Russia ready to deploy “military observers” for Karabakh truce. 

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia-Azerbaijan truce broken minutes after deal. 

Erdoğan slams Karabakh mediators. 

Yerevan reports more Russian efforts to halt Karabakh war. 

 AZERBAIJAN

Azerbaijani peace activists called for questioning. 

Russia, Turkey hold more talks on Karabakh de-escalation. 

Pompeo criticizes Turkey’s involvement in Karabakh conflict. 

Evidence mounts of war crimes in Nagorno-Karabakh. 

UN Security Council calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to respect cease-fire. 

Armenian, Azeri leaders claim that they are ready to meet. 

BULGARIA

Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary “doing next to nothing” to fight foreign bribery. 

Bulgaria calls for EU help to phase out coal. 

Radev: Bulgaria and Greece embody peace, good neighborliness and fruitful co-operation.

Bulgaria: Borissov and Merkel express support for Western Balkan countries’ EU path. 

President Radev is taking part in Three Seas Summit in Estonia.

FM Szijjártó: Hungary and Bulgaria have similar views on rule of law debate. 

GEORGIA

EU special representative visits Tbilisi, Sokhumi.

Turkish Ambassador: Georgia has right position in Karabakh conflict.

MOLDOVA

Right to free movement in Security Zone is most often violated. 

Deputy Premier, Moldova’s delegation to Joint Control Commission meet OSCE Mission in Moldova. 

Moldovan FM has meeting with Ambassador of the Czech Republic. 

ROMANIA

Romania passes law to confiscate prisoners’ ill-gotten gains. 

President Iohannis to attend European Council meeting in Brussels.

ECHR condemns Romania for expelling two alleged terrorists. 

Three Seas Initiative Virtual Summit: FM Aurescu highlights Romania’s commitment. 

TURKEY

Maas: Oruc Reis activity within disputed maritime areas contradicts Confidence Building Measures. 

Erdoğan vows to replace Turkey’s critically minded medical association. 

Turkey to conclude testing of Russian S-400 missile defense system.

Northern Cyprus: Right-wing nationalist Tatar elected President. 

EU: European Council deplores Turkish actions.

Canadian embargo hailed by Armenia, criticized by Turkey.

UKRAINE

Ukraine mulls free economic area in Donbas. 

Ukraine stands for NATO’s permanent presence in Black Sea—Dzheppar. 

Ukraine submits prisoner swap list to Trilateral Contact Group. 

Zelensky, Erdogan make joint statement following meeting in Turkey. 

Iran, Ukraine in new round of talks over downed plane. 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Police in Prague clash with citizens protesting the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. 

HUNGARY

Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia launch joint energy investment project. 

Mayor Karácsony: Use of EU aid should be decided by referendum. 

FM Szijjártó: Biden’s comments on Hungary “have nothing to do with reality”. 

POLAND

Polish, French, German FMs to hold Weimar Triangle talks. 

15 EU countries raise alarm on Europe’s “anti-5G movement”. 

Irish town terminates twinning agreement with Poland over “LGBT-free” zones. 

Polish–U.S. defense cooperation enters another, higher level.

SLOVAKIA

Minister Korčok with Slovenian FM Logar on bilateral and regional cooperation. 

Minister Korčok holds talks with his counterparts of the EU Member States. 

Unauthorized protest against COVID-19 measures turns violent in Bratislava. 

Minister Korčok in a telephone call with his North Macedonian counterpart. 

SLOVENIA

MEPs press European Commission, Council, to ratify Istanbul Convention. 

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