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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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USUBOV IN YEREVAN. The Interior Minister is the highest ranking Azerbaijani official ever to travel to Armenia officially since the collapse of the USSR.

USUBOV IN YEREVAN. The Interior Minister is the highest ranking Azerbaijani official ever to travel to Armenia officially since the collapse of the USSR.

The highest ranking Azerbaijani official ever to travel to Armenia officially since the collapse of the Soviet Union has arrived in Yerevan. The Minister of Interior Ramil Usubov is participating in a meeting of CIS Interior Ministers