Country Logic Puzzle by Scambigol #18

There are 24 empty cells; each contains a country. They all start with different letters. You are shown this initial letter above the cell.
You shouldn't type an answer if you are not 100% sure it goes there, no guessing!!

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A. Rules:

1) all answers are 'connected' to one another on the world map (ie you can reach them by crossing other answers)
2) all answers border at least 2 other answers of this same quiz, except for 2
3) no land-locked country outside Asia ends up being ' completely surrounded' by answers cells
4) crossing the following straits counts as 'normal borders' for this quiz: Bab-El-Mandeb and Hormuz
Please don't cheat by guess and check!
Previous quiz in series: #17
Quiz by scambigol
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Last updated: June 9, 2019
First submittedMay 30, 2019
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A
B
C
D
E
F
Austria
Belarus
China
Djibouti
Ethiopia
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
G
H
I
J
K
L
Germany
Hungary
Iran
Jordan
Kenya
Laos
 
 
 
 
 
 
M
N
O
P
Q
R
Malawi
Netherlands
Oman
Pakistan
Qatar
Russia
 
 
 
 
 
 
S
T
U
V
Y
Z
Saudi Arabia
Tanzania
Ukraine
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
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Level 64
Jun 4, 2019
Wonderful work as always.

But don't hint 3 allow Russia and China to be answers due to Mongolia?

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Level 73
Jun 4, 2019
whoops thanks for spotting that! I added 'outside Asia' in the clue
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Level 66
Jun 9, 2019
Thank you. In the point "4)" "stratis" must be "straits"
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Level 73
Jun 9, 2019
fixed, thanks
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Level 64
Sep 30, 2019
Could this series continue up to puzzle number 20?
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Level 57
May 4, 2020
Could Nam and Bot not work instead of Net and Bel? I thought I've worked it out when I typed in Nam and Bot. But maybe I missed something in the clues?
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Level 73
May 4, 2020
if you don't have Netherlands then France borders just one answer. you already have two such answers so can't have another one (Qatar and Jordan)