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NATO PA webinar on the South Caucasus - 30 November 2020

The NATO parliamentary Assembly hosted another in the series of Rose-Roth Seminars on Monday (30 November), focusing on the situation in the South Caucasus. Recent developments including the war in Karabakh and parliamentary elections in Georgia were discussed by an expert panel, including Dennis Sammut, Neil Melvin and Amanda Paul, after which MPs from several countries made comments and asked questions. You can watch the webinair in full here.
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Lavrov calls request of Moldovan president-elect to withdraw "Russian peacekeepers" from Transnistria an irresponsible demand

For three decades Russia has pretended that its military base on the Moldovan territory of Transnistria was a "peacekeeping force", despite several attempts by the Moldovan government to end its mandate, and accusations that it promoted separatism.
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Opinion: Turkey is the new major power in the South Caucasus

Turkey has challenged Russian monopoly in the South Caucasus. Ankara's deep military partnership with neighboring Azerbaijan, and its decision to openly support the latter during the fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone significantly asserted its role in the conflict and the region, argues Fuad Shahabzov in this op-ed
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New round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva this week

A new round of UN-mediated Syrian peace talks are starting this week in Geneva to agree on national principles before drafting a new constitution. Geir Pedersen, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, has been pushing towards revising Syria's constitution as a step towards ending the country's nine-year-old civil war.