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The Week Ahead: August 23-29

Moldova marks Independence Day on August 27.
Moldova marks Independence Day on August 27.

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

MONDAY, August 23:

Belarus/Russia: A delegation from Russia’s Lipetsk Oblast, led by deputy head of the Oblast Administration Sergei Salogubov, continues a trip to Belarus to intensify trade, economic, and investment cooperation with Belarusian regions (to August 25).

EU: Remembrance Day for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

Serbia: An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission and a Serbian government delegation start official talks (to August 31).

Pakistan: EU aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva travels to affected areas of Pakistan to help coordinate relief efforts.

Pakistan: Officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan are scheduled to meet in Washington to review Pakistan's performance and the release of the sixth tranche of an emergency finance package.

TUESDAY, August 24:

Russia: Religious leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia meet in Moscow.

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets Luxemburg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker in Sochi.

Serbia: Berlin hosts a meeting of the Business Council of Germany and Serbia, where the Serbian delegation will be led by Economy Minister Mladjan Dinkic.

Ukraine: Ukraine marks its independence day.

WEDNESDAY, August 25:

Balkans: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on his trip to the Western Balkans visits Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo (to August 27).

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev pays an official visit to China (to August 29).

FRIDAY, August 27:

Iran: The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination releases its written recommendations on Iran.

Moldova: Moldova marks its independence day.

SATURDAY, August 28:

Russia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends annual meeting of Polish diplomats in Warsaw (NOTE: This visit was reported postponed).

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