On the night of 29 May, the Azeri opposition journalist Efgan Muhtarli went missing in Tbilisi.
On 31 May, the European Commission put forward a proposal to reform the eurozone in response to the increasing economic disparities between the member states.
On 1 June, President Donald Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement signed in 2015.
The slackening pace of important economic reforms, as well as the stimulus measures taken in response to the 2008 crisis to boost investments, have all led to a huge build-up of debt and created imbalances in the Chinese economy, including in the financial markets and the industrial sector. The new generation of Chinese leadership has previously shown a strong ambition to overcome the status quo and resume reforms, setting out a new economic reform agenda in 2013.
On 29 May, the government of Moldova designated five Russian diplomats as personae non gratae.
On 23rd May the Investigative Committee of Russia searched the Gogol Centre (a theatre in Moscow) and the flat of its artistic director Kirill Serebrennikov.
On 29th May President Vladimir Putin, at the invitation of President Emmanuel Macron, paid a working visit lasting several hours to France.
The energy sector is an essential area in Russian-Belarusian relations.
The oil industry does not play a major role in the Ukrainian energy sector and has smaller economic and political significance than the gas, coal and nuclear sectors. The issues linked to the Ukrainian fuel sector are rarely given publicity in the mass media. Meanwhile, a comprehensive analysis reveals that there has been a painful and durable collapse in this strategic branch of the economy. What once was a powerful Ukrainian refining sector has been plunged into deep crisis for years.
US president Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, met for the first time on 16 May in Washington.