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Commentary: Lavrov's travels and travails in the South Caucasus

Commentary: Lavrov's travels and travails in the South Caucasus

The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, was in Armenia and in Azerbaijan in the last days. Bilateral issues were discussed in both Baku and Yerevan during his visit, however, it was the regional situation that dominated the discussions in both capitals, and in particular, the implementation in practice of the 10 November “Trilateral Declaration” signed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia. This is proving easier said than done, and some are asking if Russia has not taken on a poisoned chalice.
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Regional issues dominate Armenian-Georgian talks in Yerevan

Regional issues dominate Armenian-Georgian talks in Yerevan

The Georgian prime minister, Irakli Garibashvili, was in Yerevan on Wednesday (12 May) for talks with his Armenian counterpart and other officials. It is a tradition that a new Georgian leader, on taking office, visits the two neighbouring countries, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Garibashvili was in Baku a week before. Armenia and Georgia renewed their commitment to working together to develop bilateral relations in many fields, but there was also considerable emphasis put on regional co-operation.

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South Ossetian leader summoned to Moscow amid simmering political crisis in the territory (Updated)

South Ossetian leader summoned to Moscow amid simmering political crisis in the territory (Updated)

The leader of the self-declared Republic of South Ossetia has gone to Moscow amid a simmering political crisis in the territory, which seceded from Georgia. South Ossetia is currently gripped in a political crisis following the death in police detention of a young Ossetian, which sparked public protests and a boycott of parliament by some MPs.
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European Parliament discusses Yemen; calls for increased humanitarian assistance and confidence-building measures

European Parliament discusses Yemen; calls for increased humanitarian assistance and confidence-building measures

The European Parliament discussed the humanitarian and political updates in Yemen this week. The EU Parliament stressed the need to increase humanitarian support to Yemen. The Parliament outlined its vision in a resolution released on 11 February, which also marks the 10 year anniversary of the popular uprisings that toppled former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. 
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Moscow gets into a muddle about its relations with the EU

Moscow gets into a muddle about its relations with the EU

There appears to be some confusion in Moscow about how to handle Russia's future relations with the European Union. The press secretary of Russian president Vladimir Putin has been obliged to intervene to explain comments made earlier by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov that appeared to threaten the EU with a break in relations. Peskov said they had been presented by the media out of context. 
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European ambassadors visit Aden to express support for legitimate Yemeni government

European ambassadors visit Aden to express support for legitimate Yemeni government

A delegation of European Ambassadors arrived in Aden, Yemen on Saturday (6 February) for meetings with the leadership of Yemen's legitimate government and to support a comprehensive and sustainable peace for the country. The delegation, led by Hans Grundberg, EU Ambassador to Yemen, met Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed and Foreign Minister Ahmed Bin Mubarak. 
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Borrell and Lavrov try to find common ground

Borrell and Lavrov try to find common ground

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, met in Moscow on Friday (5 February). In a press conference after the first part of their talks the two senior diplomats appeared to be struggling to identify common ground for future co-operation whilst wanting to sound tough on their respective positions, especially on the ongoing controversies surrounding Alexei Navalny and Russian clampdown on his supporters.