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The Week Ahead: September 15-21

September 16: The European Union and Ukrainian parliaments are scheduled to ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
September 16: The European Union and Ukrainian parliaments are scheduled to ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
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, September 15:
EU: European Parliament plenary session opens in Strasbourg (to September 18).
EU/Russia: The EU commissioner responsible for agriculture Dacian Ciolos address the European Parliament plenary session on the impact of the Russian food ban on the EU agricultural market.
Iran/Turkmenistan: Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan visits Ashgabat to discuss bilateral, regional, and international issues with Turkmen officials.

Iraq: France hosts an international conference aimed at combating the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq.

Russia: Russia’s international food and drink trade show opens in Moscow.

Ukraine: Military exercises, called "Rapid Trident," involving some 1,300 personnel from 15 nations begin in western Ukraine (to September 26).

UN: International Day of Democracy.

U.S./Russia: Harvard's Institute of Politics hosts a conversation with the feminist protest art collective Pussy Riot.
World: The 2014 WebAward winners announced.
TUESDAY, September 16:
UN: The 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly begins in New York (to October 1).

Ukraine: The UN special rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, Chaloka Beyani, visits Ukraine to gather first-hand information from internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country.
(to September 25).
WEDNESDAY, September 17:
EU: European Parliament plenary session is scheduled to discuss the situations in Iraq and Syria (to September 18).
Montenegro/Azerbaijan: Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic visits Baku (to September 20).
Poland: The 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland by the Soviet Union, sixteen days after Nazi Germany invaded the Polish state.
Turkmenistan: International Telecoms & IT Conference opens in Ashgabad (to September 18).
Ukraine/Canada: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits Ottawa, gives a speech at the Canadian Parliament.
THURSDAY, September 18:

United Kingdom: Scotland holds referendum on its independence.

EU/Azerbaijan: The European Parliament holds a debate on persecution of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan.
FRIDAY, September 19:
SUNDAY, September 21:

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