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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.

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.

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.


WEDNESDAY, May 14:

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."


THURSDAY, May 15:

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

UN: International Day of Families.


SATURDAY, May 17:

Global: International Day Against Homophobia.

Global: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.


SUNDAY, May 18:

Global
: International Museum Day.

Ukraine: The 70th anniversary of the forcible deportation of Crimean Tatars by the order of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
Dmitry Rogozin's taunting tweet shows him outside Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
It's been a busy few days for Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

On May 9, he bragged on Twitter about being able to land in Transdniester, Moldova's Moscow-backed separatist region, despite EU travel sanctions.

Now, he is claiming to be safely back in Moscow after eluding Ukrainian fighter jets bent on intercepting his plane.

And oh, he also threatened to bomb Romania.

Rogozin, a former NATO envoy, was in Transdniester to attend celebrations marking the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

He is on the list of top Russian officials slapped by EU and U.S. sanctions in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

A prolific Twitter user, Rogozin has posted a string of messages from Moldova's breakaway region, including one vowing to wipe out fascism with "a bullet in the head" -- a particularly grim pledge considering Moscow has branded all Ukrainian pro-democracy activists neo-Nazis.

Early on May 10, he claimed Romania and Ukraine barred him from entering their airspace. "Next time," he quipped, "I'll fly on a TU-160" bomber.

Three hours later, after saying he was "flying out despite the ban," Rogozin tweeted that Ukrainian fighter jets had turned back his plane.

But he then immediately posted a photo of himself smiling mischievously against the backdrop of Moscow's Domodedovo airport, leaving viewers scratching their heads.

Meanwhile, Russian officials who had accompanied Rogozin to Transdniester confirmed their aircraft had been turned back by Ukrainian warplanes and forced to land in Chisinau.

But Russian lawmaker Leonid Slutsky, who was part of the Russian delegation, said Rogozin was not aboard the government jet and had returned to Moscow on a regular flight instead.

While the Russian minister's antics might have amused some readers, Romania and Ukraine might not be so impressed.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry dismissed Rogozin's claims as a "fantasy."

Romania's foreign ministry, in turn, urged Moscow to clarify its stance on Rogozin's threat to use a bomber in its airspace.

Such remarks, it said, constitute a "very serious statement in the current regional context."

-- Claire Bigg

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