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Stories under this heading cover Russia, as well as countries in the eastern part of the European continent, such as Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

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Widespread condemnation after government websites in Ukraine are shut down by 'massive' cyber hack

Widespread condemnation after government websites in Ukraine are shut down by 'massive' cyber hack

NATO and the European Union led strong condemnation after Government websites of various Ukrainian ministries were hacked on Thursday evening (13 January). The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported this on Friday. According to Ukraine's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Oleg Nikolenko, it is too soon to draw conclusions about who could have been behind the attacks. However it is widely suspected that Russia was behind the attacks.
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NATO-Russia Council meets for a "not an easy discussion"

NATO-Russia Council meets for a "not an easy discussion"

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussles, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who chaired the meeting, said: “This was not an easy discussion, but that is exactly why it was so important.” He noted that NATO Allies are ready to meet again with Russia to discuss a number of topics in greater detail and to put concrete proposals on the table. “There are opportunities for constructive engagement which should not be missed, in the interest of security in Europe,” he said.

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Blinken and Lavrov discuss growing tensions Ukraine-Russia

Blinken and Lavrov discuss growing tensions Ukraine-Russia

During the talks, Blinken reiterated the US position that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be quickly answered, including with tough sanctions against Moscow. "The best way to avert the crisis is through diplomatic means and that is what I hope to discuss with Sergei", Blinken said ahead of the conversation.
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Opinion: After the Sochi summit, a qualitatively different stage in  Armenia-Azerbaijan negotiations

Opinion: After the Sochi summit, a qualitatively different stage in Armenia-Azerbaijan negotiations

The trilateral meeting between the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, held in Sochi on 26 November, "was a constructive stage in the post-war peace process in the region and has opened up new prospects for peace and reconciliation between Armenia and Azerbaijan", says Vasif Huseynov in this op-ed.
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Joint statement by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia hails the start of a new era of good-neighbourly relations in the South Caucasus

Joint statement by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia hails the start of a new era of good-neighbourly relations in the South Caucasus

The long awaited meeting of the three leaders came after more than one year since the end of the 44 day Karabakh war, during which the process to bring peace and stability to the South Caucasus appeared to be faltering. The Sochi meeting has been hailed by the three countries participating in it as a success, and as a start of a new chapter in relations.
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Editorial Comment: Towards a crucial Eastern Partnership Summit

Editorial Comment: Towards a crucial Eastern Partnership Summit

The foreign ministers of the EU27 and the Eastern Partnership countries met in Brussels this week to take stock of the progress to date and actively prepare for the upcoming Summit. Various sources told commonspace.eu that it was a positive meeting.