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The Week Ahead: May 19-25

May 25: Presidential election in Ukraine.
May 25: Presidential election in Ukraine.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.

MONDAY, May 19:

Azerbaijan/OSCE: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Minsk Group co-chairs visit Baku.

Azerbaijan/PACE: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) co-rapporteurs make a fact-finding visit to Azerbaijan (to May 21).

Azerbaijan/Vietnam: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev makes an official visit to Hanoi (to May 20).

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic's defense begins at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

EU/Russia: Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak and EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger meet in Berlin to set a date and place for three-way talks with Ukraine.

Georgia: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visits Tbilisi (to May 22).

NATO: NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen holds a news conference in Brussels.

Russia/Slovak Republic: Russian and Slovak foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Miroslav Lajcak, hold a joind press conference in Moscow.

UK/U.S.: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion with American linguist and left-wing political activist Noam Chomsky on U.S. foreign policy.

TUESDAY, May 20:

Caspian Region: European Policy Center in Brussels hosts a discussion titled "Defining the Caspian: The Future of Caspian Energy."

China/CICA: Shanghai hosts the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit (to May 21).

China/Russia: China and Russia are set to conduct a naval drill, "Joint Sea-2014," in the northern part of the East China Sea (to May 26).

Iran/China: Iranian President Hassan Rohani makes an official visit to China (to May 22).

Kazakhstan: Astana hosts the he first G-Global International Summit of Journalism (to May 23).

Russia/China: Russian President Vladimir Putin makes an official visit to China (to May 21).

U.S./Romania: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visits Bucharest.


EU/Georgia: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets with Georgian government minsters in Brussels.

Kazakhstan: The Seventh Astana Economic Forum opens (to May 23).

Ukraine: Ukraine is planning to significantly increase reverse gas supplies through Hungary under a contract that was signed on May 14, 2014.

U.S./Cyprus: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden travels to Cyprus to meet with political leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, civil society representatives, and religious leaders (to May 23).


EU: European Parliament elections (to May 25).

Russia: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum opens (to May 24).

Russia: Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich holds a press conference on current issues of foreign policy.

UN: International Day for Biological Diversity.

FRIDAY, May 23:

Serbia: Paris hosts Serbia investment conference.

UN: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.


Azerbaijan: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Standing Committee convenes in Baku.

SUNDAY, May 25:

: Presidential election.

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