Eastern Europe and Eurasia
EU Energy Chief Urges Russia-Ukraine Gas Talks
Vice President of the European Commission Maros Sefcovic has publicly urged Russian and Ukrainian authorities to resume
EU-mediated talks on gas transit as soon as possible. These talks would concern gas relations after the countries' bilateral contract expires in 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow was prepared to conduct such talks after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry announced
plans to cut diplomatic ties with Syria after Syrian authorities officially recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
On May 23, free and low-cost messaging formats such as Skype and Viber resumed
functionality in Uzbekistan after major interruptions to service starting in 2015. Telecommunications watchdog Uztelecom attribute the delay to necessary repairs, although many suspect these services were suspended by security forces.
Vice Chairman of far-right Jobbik party Laszlo Toroczrai proposed
a new hardline platform which he suggested would prevent the fracturing of the party. The proposal comes after Jobbik adopted a milder platform in an attempt to win over voters from the ruling Fidesz party, headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.