EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, "underlined the vital importance of Georgian political parties finding common ground on the current political situation" in a meeting on Thursday (21 January) with visiting Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili.
The Georgian government has announced a two month partial lockdown following a spike in coronavirus cases. The move comes amid continued political stalemate with all opposition parties refusing to enter the new parliament after recent elections.
In recent days Bulent Arinc, during a TV interview, appeared to be advocating the release from prison of Kurdish political leader Selahattin Demirtas who is accused of supporting Kurdish PKK terrorist activity, and businessman philantropist Osman Kavala, who is accused of being involved in a coup attempt in 2016
The clock is ticking for Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, but his tenure in office may yet drag on for a while unless the opposition consolidates and cracks emerge in the ruling elite, argues Alexander Petrossian in this analysis.