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MONDAY, April 28:

Azerbaijan: Baku hosts the second Global Shared Societies Forum.

Hungary: Budapest hosts a Visegrad Group and Eastern Partnership countries foreign ministers meeting (to April 29).

Kazakhstan: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev delivers a lecture on Eurasian integration at Moscow State University.

Macedonia: The international observers monitoring the early parliamentary elections and the second round of the presidential election in Macedonia present their preliminary post-election statement at a press conference in Skopje.

Moldova: Moldovans start visa-free travel to the Schengen zone.

Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of the Russian parliament's upper chamber, the Federation Council, meet in Petrozavodsk to discuss Crimea's integration into Russia.

Serbia/EU: European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton visits Belgrade to meet with Serbia's new government and address the parliament.

UK/Afghanistan: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Afghanistan Elections, Media & Evolving Political Landscape."

U.S.: Holocaust Remembrance Day.

TUESDAY, April 29:

Armenia: Armenia is expected to sign the Customs Union accession agreement.

Azerbaijan/Israel: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman visits Baku.

Belarus: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, and Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka attend a Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting in Minsk.

Turkmenistan: Croatian President Ivo Josipovic visits Ashgabat (to April 30).

UK/Ukraine: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Norway, NATO and the Crisis in Ukraine."

U.S.: Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States."

World: International Dance Day.

WEDNESDAY, April 30:

Iraq: Parliamentary elections.

Pakistan: Amnesty International publishes its report on attacks on journalists in Pakistan.

Pakistan/UK: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits London (to May 2).

World: International Jazz Day.


EU: The 10th anniversary of the biggest round of EU enlargement, with the accession of ten countries.

Germany: NATO and partner-nation forces hold a major exercise at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas in southeastern Germany (to June 30).

U.S./Kyrgyzstan: The Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Revolution and Art in Kyrgyzstan."

U.S./Pakistan: Heritage Foundation in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan."

U.S./Russia: The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) hosts a discussion titled "The Ukraine Crisis and the Search for a New normal."

World: Freedom House publishes its annual Freedom of the Press 2014 report.

World: Labor Day.

FRIDAY, May 2:

U.S./NATO: Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "NATO Expansion and European Security after the Cold War."


UN: World Press Freedom Day.

SUNDAY, May 4:

: The 100th anniversary of the birth of Tajik famous composer Ziyodullo Shahidi.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Tensions between the two men's respective departments have now spilled over into the Twittersphere.
It seems there is no opportunity too small for the Russian Foreign Ministry to needle the U.S. State Department.

Most recently, the Foreign Ministry took its differences with the State Department to the online medium where trolling, or inciting debate to upset someone, is ubiquitous: Twitter.

The MFA decided to use the State Department's preferred hashtag #UnitedforUkraine to send no fewer than 9 tweets in the past two days of comments made by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The State Department announced the social media campaign on March 27.

"Our goal with this campaign and everything else we're doing is to make sure the world knows what is happening, what is the truth and making sure people come together, again, and are united for Ukraine," said State Department Deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf in a briefing.

She had a tweet of her own, along with spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
It is not the first time that Russia has tweaked the United States over its hashtags. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow spelled Russia wrong earlier this month in a tweet.

The Russian Foreign Ministry shot back with a wry Facebook post telling the State Department that before distributing "spam," "it would not be bad to learn to correctly spell the name of the country in which you are working"

"We would be happy to consult with you if you have any questions or doubts while preparing your next propaganda materials," the ministry wrote in the Russian-language post, adding in English: “May the Force be with us.”

Psaki issued a terse response when asked about the geopolitical hashtag wars at an April 24 press briefing in Washington.

“I don’t think they’re living by their hashtag,” she said.

-- Luke Johnson

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