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The Week Ahead: February 14-20


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits the Vatican to meet with Pope Benedict XVI on February 17.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits the Vatican to meet with Pope Benedict XVI on February 17.

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.


MONDAY, February 14:

Iran: Iranian opposition leaders expected to hold a rally in Tehran and other cities.

Kazakhstan: Astana hosts a meeting of Caspian Sea littoral states to discuss a proposed moratorium on sturgeon fishing in the sea.

Moldova: The next round of informal negotiations on the Transnistrian conflict settlement to be held in Vienna, Austria (to February 15).

Russia/U.K.: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits London (to February 15).

Turkey/Iran: Turkish President Abdullah Gul visits Tehran to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments (to February 16).


TUESDAY, February 15:

Ukraine: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov attends the Visegrad Group meeting of prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia in Bratislava.


WEDNESDAY, February 16:

Russia: Two Russian cosmonauts on board the International Space Station are scheduled to perform a spacewalk.

Russia/Italy: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits Rome.

Spain/Russia: International contemporary art fair opens in Madrid focusing on Russia (to February 15).


THURSDAY, February 17:

Kosovo: Kosovo marks third anniversary of its independence from Serbia.

Russia/Vatican: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits the Vatican to meet with Pope Benedict XVI.


SATURDAY, February 19:

Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan marks National Flag Day.


SUNDAY, February 20:

UN: World Day of Social Justice.

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