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Regional Press Review (19-25 Mai)

RUSSIA

U.S. waives sanctions on Nord Stream 2 as Biden seeks to mend ties. 

Top Myanmar military delegation to visit Moscow. 

EU says Russian “foreign agent” law is stifling independent media, calls for repeal. 

Russia calls for “Quartet” talks after Israeli–Palestinian truce. 

Putin claims Russia would “knock out the teeth” of any foreign aggressor. 

U.S., Russian diplomats stress cooperative approach despite “serious differences”. 

U.S. and Russia take “important step” toward Biden–Putin summit. 

Kremlin critic Navalny says three more criminal cases launched against him.

Russia gives Google one day to delete banned content.

ARMENIA

Pashinyan confirms draft border deal with Azerbaijan. 

Redrawing of Armenia’s borders “unacceptable” to Iran. 

OSCE starts election observation mission in Armenia. 

AZERBAIJAN

European Parliament calls for “immediate” and “unconditional” release of Armenian prisoners. 

European Court of Human Rights finds Baku authorities guilty of trying to kill blogger. 

President: Karabakh solution to create new atmosphere for cooperation with U.S, Russia. 

Joint media platform to deepen ties with Turkey. 

BULGARIA

Bulgaria: Sweeping changes in the state mechanism. 

North Macedonia gets EU backing from Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia. 

Bulgaria investigates claims opposition figures were wiretapped. 

GEORGIA

Fifteen Georgian parties sign joint agreement on queer rights. 

Georgia and USAID sign new $67 million grant. 

Georgia received $1.9 billion from international partners during pandemic. 

Government dismisses Namakhvani protesters’ demands as “ultimatum”. 

MOLDOVA

Putin: We will continue to promote special status for Transnistria. 

Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine formalize their higher EU ambition. 

ROMANIA

USAF to turn Romania’s Câmpia Turzii air base into regional NATO hub. 

President Putin sees “good cooperation potential” with Romania regarding Black Sea region. 

Romanian opposition warns Government of “total war” and boycott. 

European Parliament approves setting up of European Center for Cybersecurity in Bucharest. 

TURKEY

Turkey’s participation request in EU military project apprehended as “Trojan horse”. 

Turkey’s top diplomat to address U.N. on “Israel’s attacks on Palestine.” 

European Parliament again slams Turkey’s role in Karabakh war. 

Polish president in Turkey for official visit.

UKRAINE

Zelensky claims Russia’s distribution of passports in Ukraine’s volatile east is step toward annexation. 

Naftogaz, Ukrainian MPs urge U.S. to maintain sanctions against Nord Stream 2. 

Zelensky signs decree on enactment of NSDC decision on sanctions. 

Ukraine fears U.S. making deal with Russia.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Zeman: “I apologize for the bombing of the FR Yugoslavia”. 

European Commission will guard its funds more closely after Agrofert audit. 

EU slams Russia’s inclusion of Czech Republic on “unfriendly” states list. 

Polish activists to block Czech border over coal-mining debate. 

Czech President bars unfriendly media from receiving information. 

HUNGARY

Hungary blocks EU declaration on Israel–Palestine ceasefire.

Fidesz MEP: EU has no need for labour migration rules. 

Hungary to block EU’s Africa-Pacific trade and development deal. 

POLAND

Diplomats from 40 countries call on Poland to protect LGBTQ rights. 

“Polish Deal” may require actions beyond current government term.

PM states Poland will not comply with EU top court ruling on Turow. 

SLOVENIA

First cracks appear in Slovenia’s EU Presidency over art exhibition. 

Brdo-Brijuni Process summit reaffirms commitment to EU enlargement. 

EU justice commissioner urges Počivalšek to appoint delegated prosecutors. 

European journalism organizations on virtual mission to Slovenia.

Slovenia: Leftist protesters call government to resign.

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