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The Week Ahead: May 12-18

Turkey -- A woman holds a sign reading "Yesterday Stalin, Today Putin" at a protest in Istanbul against Russian actions in Crimea, 8 March 2014.
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, May 12:

Armenia: French President Francois Hollande makes an official visit to Yerevan (to May 13).

Armenia/Azerbaijan: The 20th anniversary of the cease-fire of May 12, 1994, that halted fighting between Armenians and Azerbaijanis over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijan: French President Francois Hollande meets with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku.

EU: A Foreign Affairs Council meeting opens in Brussels to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

EU/Ukraine: Carnegie Europe, the European center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, hosts a discussion with Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski on the EU security amid crisis in Ukraine in Brussels.

Moldova: NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow visits Chisinau (to May 13).

Ukraine: European Council President Herman Van Rompuy meets with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kyiv.

TUESDAY, May 13:

EU: A General Affairs Council meeting opens in Brussels.

EU/Ukraine: Brussels hosts an joint meeting between the European Commission and the Ukrainian government.

Moldova: European Council President Herman Van Rompuy travels to Chisinau for talks with Moldovan leaders.

Georgia: French President Francois Hollande makes an official visit to Tbilisi.

Iran: Vienna hosts another round of the Iran nuclear talks (to May 15).

Serbia/Bosnia-Herzegovina: Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic makes his first official visit to Sarajevo.

Ukraine: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits Kyiv.


Afghanistan: The final results of the Afghan presidential election are scheduled to be released.

Azerbaijan/Council of Europe: Azerbaijan assumes, for the first time since becoming a member of the Council of Europe, the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Sarajevo Business Forum opens (to May 15).

Georgia: European Council President Herman Van Rompuy makes a visit to Tbilisi.

Moldova: U.S. Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs Macon Phillips visits Chisinau.

Slovakia: GLOBSEC Bratislava global security forum opens (to May 16).

UK/Georgia: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "The Impact of External Factors on Abkhazia's Internal Debate."


Macedonia: Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov visits Brussels, meets with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and other EU officials.

UN: International Day of Families.


Global: International Day Against Homophobia.

Global: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

SUNDAY, May 18:

: International Museum Day.

Ukraine: The 70th anniversary of the forcible deportation of Crimean Tatars by the order of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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