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Balkan Blast 10/23/2020: U.S. urges Croatia to purchase F-16s. Russian FM confirms trip to BiH, Serbia. Ivica Dacic is the new Speaker of Parliament in Serbia. N. Macedonia’s PM Zaev confident on agreement with Bulgaria.

Balkan Blast 10/23/2020: U.S. urges Croatia to purchase F-16s. Russian FM confirms trip to BiH, Serbia. Ivica Dacic is the new Speaker of Parliament in Serbia. N. Macedonia’s PM Zaev confident on agreement with Bulgaria.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. URGES CROATIA ON F-16s: The U.S. Embassy in Croatia released a factsheet highlighting the benefits of the U.S. F-16 fighter jet it dubs as “the world’s most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter” and it “continues to serve as the backbone […]

Balkan Blast 10/22/2020: Russian Defense Ministry to open office in Serbia? Kosovo discussed at UN Security Council. Shekerinska on Macedonian language, identity.Photo: Our Wonderland

Balkan Blast 10/22/2020: Russian Defense Ministry to open office in Serbia? Kosovo discussed at UN Security Council. Shekerinska on Macedonian language, identity.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY STOLTENBERG + MONTENEGRO: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO would supply Montenegro with Covid aid. Stoltenberg encouraged Montenegro and all NATO members to continue military exercises. HYSENI, HOTI ON THE DIALOGUE: Kosovo PM Avdullah Hoti announced a return to reciprocity […]

Balkan Blast 10/20/2020: U.S. Dept. of Energy and USAID meet with Kosovo PM Hoti to discuss implementing Washington Agreement.  Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov to visit BiH, Croatia, & Serbia at end of October. Vucic vows to take down the Serbian mafia.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 10/20/2020: U.S. Dept. of Energy and USAID meet with Kosovo PM Hoti to discuss implementing Washington Agreement. Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov to visit BiH, Croatia, & Serbia at end of October. Vucic vows to take down the Serbian mafia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO + U.S.: Kosovo PM Avdullah Hoti yesterday met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, USAID, and the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo to discuss Ujman/Gazivoda Lake. Hoti wrote on Facebook, “Together with Deputy Prime Minister Driton Selmanaj, we […]

Balkan Blast 10/16/2020: EU Special Rep Miroslav Lajcak meets Pres. Vucic in Belgrade to discuss the Dialogue. US Mission to the OSCE calls for Kosovo to join the organization. Putin cancels visit to Serbia? Bulgaria & N. Macedonia Historical Commissions meet to discuss historical figures.

Balkan Blast 10/16/2020: EU Special Rep Miroslav Lajcak meets Pres. Vucic in Belgrade to discuss the Dialogue. US Mission to the OSCE calls for Kosovo to join the organization. Putin cancels visit to Serbia? Bulgaria & N. Macedonia Historical Commissions meet to discuss historical figures.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJCAK LEAVES FOR BELGRADE: EU Special Representative to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak left Pristina for Belgrade and made a stop at the EU-funded Merdare Border Crossing. He met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. At a press conference […]

Balkan Blast 10/15/2020: The EU’s Lajcak meets Thaci, Kosnett on day 2 of his Kosovo trip. Russian FM Lavrov to visit BiH. Serbia’s Vucic hopes for military exercises with Russia, Belarus, and West in five months. N. Macedonia, Bulgaria Historical Commissions meeting today.S.Borisov/Shutterstock

Balkan Blast 10/15/2020: The EU’s Lajcak meets Thaci, Kosnett on day 2 of his Kosovo trip. Russian FM Lavrov to visit BiH. Serbia’s Vucic hopes for military exercises with Russia, Belarus, and West in five months. N. Macedonia, Bulgaria Historical Commissions meeting today.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJCAK DAY 2 IN KOSOVO: EU Special Representative for the Western Balkans Miroslav Lajcak met with U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, opposition leaders, Srpska Lista, representatives from the Serbian Orthodox Church, and members of […]

Balkan Blast 10/14/2020: Lajcak on visit to Kosovo, to visit Serbia.  Varhelyi outlines Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans. Montenegro’s Krivokapic invites Vucic to visit.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 10/14/2020: Lajcak on visit to Kosovo, to visit Serbia. Varhelyi outlines Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans. Montenegro’s Krivokapic invites Vucic to visit.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJCAK VISITS KOSOVO, IN SERBIA TODAY: EU Special Representative to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak on Tuesday met with Kosovo’s PM Avdullah Hoti, Speaker of Parliament Vjosa Osmani and civil society leaders as a part of a two-day official […]

Balkan Blast 10/13/2020: Lajcak addresses European FMs on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. U.S. halts monitoring and mentoring role for the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council. Covid, Dodik attend military exercises in Serbia and meet Vucic.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 10/13/2020: Lajcak addresses European FMs on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. U.S. halts monitoring and mentoring role for the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council. Covid, Dodik attend military exercises in Serbia and meet Vucic.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJCAK ON DIALOGUE: The EU’s Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak told media in Austria, “The most difficult part was to restart the dialogue at all.” The Slovak diplomat asserted that Brussels expects a “far-reaching decision” from […]

SUNDAY SPECIAL: Trump Administration’s Global Engagement in the BalkansPhoto: Reddit

SUNDAY SPECIAL: Trump Administration’s Global Engagement in the Balkans

Trump Administration’s Global Engagement in the Balkans By David Felsen and Dritan Hoti The Trump administration has been engaged in an uncharacteristic flurry of foreign policy activity throughout September and into early October, which, for many observers, seems quite unusual for an administration that normally shies away from […]

Balkan Blast 10/8/2020: Kosovo Amb. to U.S. Citaku recalled. Montenegro’s Djukanovic on visit to Berlin. Prince Albert II of Monaco visits Belgrade. Serbia eyeing purchase of Turkish UAVs.infozagreb.hr

Balkan Blast 10/8/2020: Kosovo Amb. to U.S. Citaku recalled. Montenegro’s Djukanovic on visit to Berlin. Prince Albert II of Monaco visits Belgrade. Serbia eyeing purchase of Turkish UAVs.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CITAKU OUT AS AMB. TO THE U.S.: Kosovo President Hashim Thaci signed a decree recalling longtime Kosovo Ambassador to the U.S. Vlora Citaku. The proceedings to recall the ambassador who has spent five years in Washington was initiated by […]

Balkan Blast 10/7/2020: European Commission releases Western Balkans investment strategy, progress reports. BiH’s Dzaferovic meets Albanian President in Tirana. Serbian FM openly supports U.S. President Donald Trump in upcoming elections.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 10/7/2020: European Commission releases Western Balkans investment strategy, progress reports. BiH’s Dzaferovic meets Albanian President in Tirana. Serbian FM openly supports U.S. President Donald Trump in upcoming elections.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EU + WESTERN BALKANS: The European Commission (EC) unveiled a $10.6 billion investment strategy for the Western Balkans for 2021-2027. EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi said, “This plan goes hand in hand with the implementation of the reforms because […]