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The Week Ahead: February 2-8

February 4-11: The 70th anniversary of the 1945 Yalta conference attended by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
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, February 2
Azerbaijan: First parliamentary session in 2015 opens in Baku.
China: Beijing hosts a meeting of foreign ministers of China, India, and Russia.
German/Hungary: German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Budapest.
UN: UN holds World Interfaith Harmony Week aimed to promote harmony among all people regardless of their faith (to February 8).
UN: UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances holds a session in Geneva (to February 13).
TUESDAY, February 3: ​
Armenia: UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances reviews Armenia during a session in Geneva (to February 4).
Croatia/Serbia: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague delivers its judgment in a case brought by Croatia against Serbia.
Russia/Turkmenistan: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Ashgabat.
Ukraine: A delegation of the Venice Commission, the Council of Europe’s advisory body for legal affairs, visits Kyiv to discuss cooperation on constitutional and judicial reforms.
WEDNESDAY, February 4
Serbia: UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances reviews Serbia during a session in Geneva.
UK/Russia: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled The Politics of Lawmaking in Russia.
THURSDAY, February 5
Culture: Berlinale Film Festival (to February 15).
NATO: Brussels hosts a NATO defense ministers meeting.
Tajikistan: U.S. State Department officials Daniel Rosenblum and Steven Feldstein are scheduled to visit Dushanbe (to February 6).
U.S./Ukraine: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and other senior Ukrainian leaders.
FRIDAY, February 6
Culture: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony held in London.​
Germany: The 51st Munich Security Conference opens (to February 8).
Russia: Moscow hosts the first meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council attended by the heads of government of Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

UN: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.

U.S./EU: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visits Brussels, meets with European Council President Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, and other European Union leaders.
SUNDAY, February 8
Germany/U.S./Canada: German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Washington and Ottawa (to February 10).

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