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MONDAY, December 19:
: The Czech government meets to declare a period of official mourning after the death of Vaclav Havel
, who led the 1989 Velvet Revolution that peacefully toppled communism in the former Czechoslovakia.
: The constituent congress of the party Free Georgia
is held in Tbilisi.
: Moscow hosts the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEc) council meeting
: The 15th EU-Ukraine summit to take place in Kyiv
: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is scheduled to visit Prague
: Gulf Cooperation Council Summit
takes place in Riyadh (to December 23).
TUESDAY, December 20:
: Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr to visit Moscow
(to December 22).
: Presidents of CIS member states hold an informal summit
in Moscow marking the 20th anniversary of the CIS.
: Moscow hosts a meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council
. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) features Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
: A court in Kyiv considers an appeal by jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
in her abuse-of-office case.
: International Human Solidarity Day
: Medicines Sans Frontiers
marks its 40th anniversary.
WEDNESDAY, December 21:
: Russian Soyuz spacecraft is scheduled to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome
for a trip to the International Space Station (ISS).
: The first session of Russia's newly-elected parliament
to be held in Moscow.
: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych holds Q&A session with representatives of mass media and public
THURSDAY, December 22:
: French National Assembly to discuss a bill
criminalizing denial of the Armenian genocide.
: Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari to visit Baku
(to December 23).
: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to deliver his annual address to the nation
FRIDAY, December 23:
: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visits Yerevan
: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka holds a press conference
on the results of the outgoing year in Minsk.
: A state funeral to be held for Vaclav Havel
: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov makes a working visit to Moscow
SATURDAY: December 24:
: The 87th Ministerial Council of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries
(OAPEC) convenes in Cairo.
: Registration of candidates for the ninth parliamentary elections
: Protests against alleged election fraud
scheduled in Moscow and other cities.
SUNDAY, December 25:
: The second round of voting in the presidential poll in Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region
to take place.