Vladimir Zharikhin

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Experts comment on prospects of Ukrainian protests

Last weekend, Ukraine was hit by mass protests against the Ukrainian government’s decision to halt the association process with the EU a week before the Vilnius summit. Demonstrations erupted with a greater force after a crackdown by the police on Independence Square in Kiev on Saturday. Activists took over the Kiev Mayor’s Office. They have blocked the government’s building. The opposition demands Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov's resignation. The police are gathering in the capital.

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Georgia will not quit European integration – experts

Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze has recently called herself the guarantor of signing the EU association agreement on Rustavi-2 TV. She said that nothing would prevent Georgia from signing the document at the Eastern Partnership summit in September 2014.

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Experts comment on Eastern Partnership project's future

The summit of the EU-sponsored Eastern Partnership initiative is scheduled to be held in Vilnius on Thursday. However, as the summit approaches, its results are becoming less and less clear. At first Armenia announced that it would not sign an associate membership agreement with the EU and then Ukraine said it had suspended the process of European integration.

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Andrey Kazantsev, Director of the analytical center of the MGIMO Institute for International Studies, expressed confidence that the victory of Georgy Margvelashvili of the Georgian Dream coalition at the presidential polls will continue in the economic and humanitarian fields. He said that Mikheil Saakashvili had been provoking conflicts between Russia and the West, mentioning the war in 2008 as an example.

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The recent attack on the Azerbaijani village of Borsunlu from an Armenian 'Grad' artillery unit has drawn more attention to Nagorno-Karabakh. The declarations made by heads of states in Astana were not followed by efficient actions. Vestnik Kavkaza asked experts whether the negotiating process will switch to a hot phase.

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