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Regional Press Review (25 – 31 Mar)


NATO affirms unity in the face of “aggressive” Russia. 

Lavrov pronounces Russia–EU relations as dead. 

China ropes in Russia to push back against Western sanctions. 

U.S., EU top diplomats vow to cooperate on Russia’s “challenging” behavior. 

Canada sanctions nine Russian officials over Navalny jailing. 


Armenian lawmakers lift martial law ahead of June elections. 

Armenian PM calls for changes to electoral system ahead of snap polls. 

Armenian Prime Minister confirms he will step down to allow election.

Armenia gets first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines under COVAX scheme. 


Azerbaijan protests Human Rights Watch’s report. 

Azerbaijani blogger living in France threatened after being stabbed. 

Russian language to get “official” status in Nagorno-Karabakh. 


Enlargement reports: MEPs fully support Western Balkans’ European future. 

Bulgarian president meets with OSCE election observers. 

Bulgaria adopts national migration strategy for 2021–2025. 


EU envoy heads back to Georgia to continue mediation. 

Georgian Deputy Interior Minister resigns amid surveillance scandal. 

Venice Commission, ODIHR call on Georgia to reconsider bill stripping boycotting parties of funding. 

Early elections not an option, PM Garibashvili says. 


Moldovan lawmakers again fail to endorse PM-Designate. 

Moldovan president meets Russian envoy. 

Romanian authorities intend to implement a number of projects in Moldova.

Moldovan head of state notifies Constitutional Court as to parliament’s dissolution.


Romanian lawmakers vote to abolish disputed special court. 

Survey: Romanians have greatest confidence in Germany, the EU, NATO and the U.S. 

FM Aurescu and Polish FM Rau prepare for the Eastern Partnership Summit.

Romania’s Environmental Guard to use drones to monitor air quality, pollution levels. 

Covid-19: Protests against restrictions held in several cities in Romania.


Macron warns against Turkish “interference” in French presidential election. 

Çavuşoğlu meets with Blinken at NATO Meeting of Foreign Ministers. 

EU dangles carrots for Turkey if “de-escalation sustained”. 

Feminist groups protest Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention.

EU tells Turkey to take back migrants from Greece.


Ukraine places sanctions on French MEPs and on dozens of Russian officials, entities. 

Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova seek closer relations with EU. 

Ukraine welcomes Chinese with new visa-free regime. 


Czech Republic: concern over independence of public service media. 

Czechs lead the charge against EU’s “do no harm” green criteria. 


COVID-19 vaccine: Hungary approves two more jabs not authorized by EU regulator. 

Foreign Minister: Hungary “doesn’t want Cold War”. 

Fidesz MEP: CoE Commissioner “openly supporting violation of laws”. 


MFRR condemns defamation lawsuit against Gazeta Wyborcza Editor-in-Chief by Justice Minister.

Warsaw calls for head of association of Poles in Belarus to be freed. 

Belarus detains Polish journalist as tensions with Warsaw rise. 


SaS withdraws from the coalition until Matovič quits. 


Parliament confirms five-year declaration on EU activities. 

Slovenia summons Chinese ambassador over sanctions row. 

Slovenia’s rule of law report sent to Brussels. 

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