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The Week Ahead: May 16-22

European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek visits Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan on May 18-21.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, May 16:

Armenia: Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian visits France (to May 17).

Azerbaijan: Czech President Vaclav Klaus pays an official visit to Baku (to May 19).

Georgia: Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze pays a working visit to Sweden and Denmark (to May 18).

Moldova: Moldovan Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca visits the Czech Republic (to May 17).

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets with Slovenian President Danilo Turk in Moscow.

Tajikistan: OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis visits Dushanbe (to May 17).

UK/Russia: Deadline for Rosneft and BP to agree on Arctic exploration deal.

TUESDAY, May 17:

Pakistan: Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani travels to China to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

Pakistan: U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to host a hearing on strategic implications of Pakistan and the region.

Russia: The Moscow City Court to hear an appeal against a second jail term handed down to former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev.

Uzbekistan: Uzbek President Islam Karimov pays an official visit to India (to May 19).

UN: World Information Society Day.

U.S./Uzbekistan: U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to discuss nomination of George Albert Krol as the new U.S. ambassador to Uzbekistan.


Armenia: European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek to visit Yerevan (to May 19).

Azerbaijan/Russia: The Russian-Azerbaijani interregional forum to be held in Astrakhan (to May 19).

Russia: Austrian President Heinz Fischer to visit Moscow and Kazan (to May 21).

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gives his annual press conference.


Afghanistan/Pakistan: U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations holds a hearing titled "Evaluating Goals And Progress In Afghanistan And Pakistan."

Belarus: CIS Council of Heads of Government opens in Minsk.

Georgia: European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek to visit Tbilisi (to May 20).

Serbia: Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic visits Greece.

Russia: The Fourth EU-Russia Airlines Cooperation Conference opens in Brussels.

World: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) presents its annual report in Geneva.

FRIDAY, May 20:

Azerbaijan: European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek to visit Baku (to May 21).

Kazakhstan: Astana hosts an annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Pakistan: United States Institute of Peace launches a new report "Pakistan 2020: A Vision For Building A Better Future."


Russia: 90th birthday of Soviet dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov, who died in 1989.

UN: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

SUNDAY, May 22:

World: International Day for Biological Diversity.

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