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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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Georgian Church irritates Kiev by hosting pro Moscow faction of Ukrainian Church

Georgian Church irritates Kiev by hosting pro Moscow faction of Ukrainian Church

In a move that is likely to cause considerable irritation in Kiev, the Georgian Orthodox Church on Monday (7 June) hosted a delegation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church that is loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate. Ilia II, the Georgian Orthodox Church Patriarch, and his locum tenens, Metropolitan Shio met the delegation led by Bishop Antony on Monday (7 June).
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Kazakhstan rebuffs talk of joint EAEU response to Western sanctions

Kazakhstan rebuffs talk of joint EAEU response to Western sanctions

The government of Kazakhstan, in a statement issued on Saturday (5 June) rebuffed the idea of such a joint response raised last week by Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Pankin who said that the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which brings together Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, was working on a “consolidated response” to Western sanctions against some of its members.

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Russians at the door

Russians at the door

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov visits UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week intending to assert his country's claim to a role in regional affairs. 18 months ago, Moscow unveiled its updated "Russian Collective Security Concept for the Persian Gulf region". It envisages a collective mechanism of response to challenges and threats with the participation of regional states, including Iran and all Arab countries.
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Half of Russians want their country to have partner relations with the EU

Half of Russians want their country to have partner relations with the EU

According to an opinion poll published on Monday (1 March) 55% of Russians have a positive attitude towards EU states, and nearly half (48%) wish for partner relations with the EU. The poll, conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center was held on February 24 among 1,600 respondents.
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Charles Michel to the Moldovans: "EU is a reliable partner of Moldova. You can count on us!"

Charles Michel to the Moldovans: "EU is a reliable partner of Moldova. You can count on us!"

European Council president Charles Michel has expressed the European Union's full support to Moldova and to the Moldovan people during a short visit to the country on Sunday, 28 February. "The EU is a reliable partner of Moldova...... You can count on us!", he told Moldovan president Maia Sandu during a joint press conference.