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Regional Press Review (2-8 Iunie)

RUSSIA

Russia takes further step toward exiting Open Skies Treaty.

Russia announces Arctic military drills in further sign of increasing presence. 

Russia to quit accord that eased Cold War travel curbs for U.S. diplomats. 

Russia vows to defend Belarus if EU sanctions Minsk. 

Biden “looking” at Russia retaliation over cyberattack. 

Russia claims hundreds of soldiers heading to C.A.R. are instructors. 

Putin signs law on Russia’s withdrawal from Open Skies treaty. 

NATO chief claims Belarus becoming “more and more dependent” on Russia. 

EU’s Michel urges Putin to stop “disruptive behavior” to improve relations.

EU calls on Russia to immediately stop fueling conflict in Donbas.

ARMENIA

EU president talks to Armenian, Azeri leaders. 

Armenia, Azerbaijan resume talks on border dispute. 

Armenian parliamentary election campaign begins. 

Kocharian’s bloc opens hundreds of campaign offices. 

Two men arrested in Armenia accused of spying for Azerbaijan. 

AZERBAIJAN

France’s Macron calls for Azerbaijani troop pullout from “Armenian territory”. 

USAID mission director attends online platform of public control launch. 

Azerbaijan files complaint to ECHR over Armenia’s refusal to give mine maps. 

Two Azerbaijani journalists and one official die in landmine explosion in Kalbajar. 

Threats against Azerbaijani dissident intensify after Armenian media interview. 

Spate of homophobic attacks in Azerbaijan. 

BULGARIA

U.S. places sanctions on Bulgarian power broker, gambling tycoon, citing influence peddling. 

U.S. warns Bulgaria to clean up the “passport-for-cash” mess. 

European Commission: Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia should join Schengen. 

North Macedonia’s Zaev ready to beg Sofia, won’t sacrifice identity, language. 

Bulgaria’s caretaker government sets up working group to respond to U.S. GloMag sanctions. 

EC expects to see convictions for public corruption in high echelon of Bulgaria. 

GEORGIA

Georgia’s main opposition ends months-long boycott of Parliament. 

PM Garibashvili meets Turkey’s Erdoğan. 

Warning shots fired as police detains Namakhvani protester, reportedly two injured. 

Georgian politics set for shake up as former PM launches new party. 

U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary visits Tbilisi. 

U.S. to Send COVID Vaccines to Georgia. 

MOLDOVA

Moldova aims to attract $1 billion in Chinese investments. 

EU announces “unprecedented” Moldova recovery plan. 

ROMANIA

Romania submits recovery plan to the European Commission. 

CPJ condemns “harassment” of Romanian journalists over corruption reporting. 

ECHR rules against Romania over LGBT complaint. 

“Anti-Huawei” 5G bill endorsed by expert committees in Romania’s Senate. 

GRETA: Romania urged to effectively prosecute human traffickers and to ensure access to compensation for their victims. 

TURKEY

Erdoğan woos Egypt, Gulf states in push to repair ties. 

Erdoğan and Biden to discuss Turkey–U.S. tensions. 

Erdoğan wants a stake in Bulgaria’s politics. 

Turkish top diplomat in France for talks.

UKRAINE

Visiting U.S. Senators pledge continued support for Ukraine amid “Russian aggression”. 

Human rights groups urge Ukraine to fix shortcomings in proposed reform of security service. 

Ukraine’s leader moves to strip oligarchs of power with new bill. 

Germany says Ukraine must remain gas transit country after new pipeline. 

Russia protests as Ukraine unveils Euro 2020 uniform. 

Biden invites Ukrainian President to White House. 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Czech PM faces local and EU prosecutors despite surviving confidence motion. 

Dozens of Russian diplomats leave Czech Republic amid strained relations. 

Million Moments for Democracy protest in Prague again. 

Belarussian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Prague for talks with top officials. 

Senate committee declares President Miloš Zeman unfit for office. 

Czech Republic to have government commissioner for Roma affairs in 2022. 

HUNGARY

Budapest renames streets after Dalai Lama, Uyghurs amid Chinese campus row. 

British PM Johnson meets Hungarian counterpart amid criticism. 

Germany criticizes Hungary for blocking China statement, proposes abolishing veto power. 

Hungary aims to develop strong, modern army. 

Hungary appears to backtrack on controversial Chinese university plans. 

POLAND

Polish trial begins in Huawei-linked China espionage case. 

Three members of Polish minority in Belarus released. 

Polish deputy FM slams “irregular behavior” as Russia detains ex-chief of opposition group. 

Warsaw wants to dispel concern over Baltic Pipe. 

SLOVENIA

Government adopts EU presidency program. 

Prosecutors to propose bringing action against Government. 

Retrial in Janša journalists’ defamation case starts. 

CoE Human Rights Commissioner warns on media freedom in Slovenia. 

European chief prosecutor says her hands tied over Slovenia. 

MPs unanimously adopt changes redefining sexual violence. 

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