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The Week Ahead: December 12-18

December 18 - International Migrants Day.
December 18 - International Migrants Day.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

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MONDAY, December 12:

Armenia: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian visits Italy and the Vatican (to December 15).

Council of Europe/Georgia: PACE Sub-Committee on Migration, Refugees, and Population Chairperson Tina Acketoft visits Sukhumi and Gali, in the framework of the preparation of her report about the “follow-up on the humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia: the humanitarian situation in the war-affected areas.”

Georgia: A hearing into the case of Bidzina Ivanishvili's request to restore his Georgian citizenship begins in Tbilisi.

Georgia/EU: Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri visits Brussels, meets with EU President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht.

Iraq/U.S.: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki meets with the U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

Kazakhstan/CSTO: Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha visits Kazakhstan.

Moldova: Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat visits Brussels, meets with EU Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht.

Russia: Constitution Day.

Tajikistan/Germany: Tajik President Emomali Rahmon visits Berlin (to December 13).

Turkmenistan: Neutrality Day.

Ukraine: European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule visits Kyiv.

TUESDAY, December 13:

Azerbaijan/Russia: Azerbaijan and Russia launch talks in Baku on the Russia-leased Gabala radar station (to December 15).

Poland/Russia: Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski visits Russia (to December 14).

Ukraine: In appeals court in Kyiv begins preliminary consideration of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's appeal of her conviction on abuse-of-office charges.

WEDNESDAY, December 14:

EU/Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits Brussels, takes part in the 28th Russia-EU Summit (to December 15).

EU: This year’s Sakharov prize to be presented by the European Parliament's President Jerzy Buzek during a formal session in Strasbourg.

Moldova: The election authority of Transdniester, a breakaway region of Moldova, to announce the preliminary results of the December 11 presidential election.

Russia/Georgia: The next round of the Russia-Georgia security talks is scheduled to be held in Geneva.

U.S./Russia: The U.S.-Russia arms control and international security working group holds a meeting in Washington.

THURSDAY, December 15:

Azerbaijan/Iraq: Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari visits Baku.

Council of Europe: PACE Monitoring Committee to discuss Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Ukraine during a meeting in Paris.

Russia: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is due to hold his annual live television call-in show to answer citizens' questions from a number of Russian regions.

Tajikistan/Ukraine: Tajik President Emomali Rahmon visits Kyiv (to December 16).

U.S./Romania/Moldova: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller is scheduled to travel to Bucharest and Chisinau to discuss arms-control-related issues (to December 16).

WTO: The World Trade Organization (WTO) holds its Eighth Ministerial Conference in Geneva (to December 17).

FRIDAY, December 16:

Kazakhstan: Independence Day.

Moldova: Moldovan parliament is scheduled to try to elect a new president.

Russia/India: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev holds talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Moscow.

SUNDAY, December 18:

UN: International Migrants Day.

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