Wednesday, May 27, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Syria Calls For More Iraqi Coordination In Fight Against IS

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Russian, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers To Hold Talks

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov is in Moscow where he will hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
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Defiant And Mercurial, Chechnya's Kadyrov Flexes His Muscles

Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov has displayed an increasingly mercurial public persona in recent months amid heightened tensions between him and officials in Moscow.
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Sweden Beats Russia At Eurovision

Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, narrowly beating Russia and Italy in the international talent show.
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RFE/RL Closes Baku Bureau

RFE/RL has closed its Baku bureau, after Azerbaijani authorities sealed the office shut in December 2014 in connection with a government-led campaign against foreign organizations.
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Russia: EU Missed Chance To Narrow Split

Russia says the two-day EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has lost "another opportunity to make a step toward bridging a widening gap on the continent."
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News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

The EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has revealed a new split in Europe that divides the European Union's six "eastern partners" themselves.
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Video Disagreements Shadow EU Summit

Participants at the EU's Eastern Partnership summit have agreed on a final document affirming the bloc's relations with six neighboring countries in spite of sharp differences on key issues.
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EU Partnership Summit Gathers

The European Union on May 21 reassured its six Eastern European partners that the 28-nation bloc "is as committed as ever" to building closer reations with them.
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Riga Text Change Could Buoy EU Partners

A last-minute amendment to a draft text by EU members and six of their eastern neighbors gathering for a summit in Riga could spell good news for Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
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