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Pay Attention to Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections

Local elections in Kyrgyzstan are officially slated for April 11. After the hubbub of parliamentary elections in October and Sadyr Japarov’s election in January, campaigns for village councils might seem like a secondary concern – …

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Georgia after Garibashvili's second coming

Georgia’s political stage has lately got very hot: an arrest of the opposition figure Nika Melia, head of the “European Georgia” party associated with the exiled ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, with the party’s …

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Why Khojaly tragedy is a genocide?

The United Nations General Assembly affirmed the crime of genocide describing it as “a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups, as homicide is the denial of the right to live of individual human beings.” …

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US sanctions against Russia have gone stale

Since 2014, Russian and American diplomacy has been defined by economic sanctions. This has become the default, expected option for U.S. policymakers—but Russia has refused to concede, repent and ask for forgiveness, Modern Diplomacy, Belgian platform for assessing and evaluating complex international issues that are often outside the boundaries of mainstream Western media and academia, writes. The U.S. had hoped Russia would experience just enough economic hardship that they would revert their course, retract their reunification with Crimea, and end any involvement in Eastern Ukraine. Almost seven years later, there is no evidence to suggest that Russia has any intention of buckling under the pressure and denying its national interests

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Nika Melia's arrest: opposition and Western diplomats' reaction

Yesterday, the Georgian opposition organised a rally after the arrest of the leader of the largest opposition party, the United National Movement, Nika Melia. Georgian police arrested a top opposition leader on February 23, using tear gas in a dawn raid on his party headquarters, further deepening a political crisis sparked by last year’s parliamentary elections, the outcome of which the opposition disputes, Emerging Europe writes

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Two-state solution: is it possible for Cyprus?

Even as Ankara and Athens reengage in exploratory talks over long-running maritime disputes, Turkey is pressing ahead in its campaign for a two-state solution on the island. Ankara is working with its allies in the breakaway Turkish Republic …

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Azerbaijani Americans urge pro-Armenian deputy to be 'objective'

Azerbaijani Americans urged a Republican representative who is known for his pro-Armenia stance to shift his view in a more "objective" direction, pointing at the human rights violations of the Armenian forces during the occupation of the recently liberated Nagorno-Karabakh, Daily Sabah informs. Despite the end of the conflict, Azerbaijan continues to suffer casualties as an Azerbaijani civilian was killed after a mine planted by Armenian forces exploded in the region on Thursday. In a statement, the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office said the mine detonated in the Talish village of Tartar district, which had been under Armenian occupation for three decades. It was an anti-tank mine laid by Armenian soldiers during the occupation period, it added

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Russia and China ready to build first moon base

Russia and China are to collaborate on the international lunar structure, which was thought up by China - the latest build in the space-race against America, The Sun informs. The purpose of the International Lunar Research Stations (ILRS), is to create a long-term robotic presence on the Moon by the start of the next decade, before eventually establishing a sustained human presence. An Order of the Government of the Russian Federation detailing the scheme was published on February 11, but the "date to sign the above mentioned MoU has not been determined yet and is currently discussed with the Chinese partners"

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Munich Security Conference brings trans-Atlantic's Fantastic Four back together

Donald Trump's four years as US president shook the trans-Atlantic relationship. On Friday, the Munich Security Conference brings together Biden, Merkel, Macron and Johnson for an event that could help to rebuild ties, Deutsche Welle reports. Organizers of the Munich Security Conference are facing the challenge of how to squeeze their annual get-together of top global security officials and policymakers into a special event constrained by the COVID pandemic. The multi-day conference that has taken place in Munich every February since 1963 is, for now, an online event, scheduled to wrap up after just about three hours on Friday

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Land covered with carpet of mines. Hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis are waiting to return home

After the Second Karabakh conflict ended, dozens of Azerbaijani servicemen and internally displaced persons died or were wounded as a result of a mine explosion. Most of the civilian victims tried to see with their own eyes what was left of their cities and villages in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. The area remains closed to civilians until the clearance of unexploded ordnance is completed

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