Russia and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 4/1/2020: Coronavirus Numbers Soar in the Region. Russia Responds to N. Macedonia’s NATO Accession. Kosovo Drops Tariffs on Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Balkan Blast 4/1/2020: Coronavirus Numbers Soar in the Region. Russia Responds to N. Macedonia’s NATO Accession. Kosovo Drops Tariffs on Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: Around 2,500 coronavirus test kits supplied by the EU and UN Development Program (UNDP) arrived on Tuesday. Serbia’s shipment of medical aid also arrived on Tuesday.  High Representative Valentin Inzko indicates that Bosnia could receive up to 150 […]

Balkan Blast 3/25/2020: More Deaths Related to the Coronavirus in the Balkans. Kosovo Parliament to Hold a No Confidence Vote in the Kurti Government. US and Germany, France on Different Pages Over No Confidence Vote.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 3/25/2020: More Deaths Related to the Coronavirus in the Balkans. Kosovo Parliament to Hold a No Confidence Vote in the Kurti Government. US and Germany, France on Different Pages Over No Confidence Vote.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: The EU will provide EUR 68 million in aid (28m for healthcare, 40m in economic aid) to Bosnia, according to BiH Presidency Chairman Sefik Dzaferovic. Bosnia and Herzegovina has closed the airports in Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, […]

Balkan Blast 3/24/2020: Coronavirus Confirmed Cases Soar in the Balkans. The EU is Expected to Start Accession Talks With Albania, N. Macedonia. Aftermath of the Earthquake in Zagreb. Kosovo’s Power Struggle Continues.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 3/24/2020: Coronavirus Confirmed Cases Soar in the Balkans. The EU is Expected to Start Accession Talks With Albania, N. Macedonia. Aftermath of the Earthquake in Zagreb. Kosovo’s Power Struggle Continues.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: The first plane of US aid for Bosnia and Herzegovina arrived in Sarajevo on Monday. The EU “is considering two ways to assist BiH” to combat coronavirus including up to EUR 7 million in medical supplies and […]

Balkan Blast 3/5/2020: N. Macedonia, Montenegro Leaders Meet With Assistant Sec. of State Phil Reeker. Kosovo Ambassador to the U.S. Recalled. NATO Secretary General in Zagreb to Attend EU Defense Ministers Meeting.Photo: AP

Balkan Blast 3/5/2020: N. Macedonia, Montenegro Leaders Meet With Assistant Sec. of State Phil Reeker. Kosovo Ambassador to the U.S. Recalled. NATO Secretary General in Zagreb to Attend EU Defense Ministers Meeting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DISMISSED:New Kosovo’s foreign minister, Glauk Konjufca, has called for the dismissal of seven ambassadors including the ambassador to the U.S., Vlora Citaku. Other ambassadors set to be dismissed include Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Hungary, France, Montenegro and Switzerland. Ambassador Citaku yesterday […]

Balkan Blast 3/2/2020: Balkan Insider Exclusive With Serbian Pres. Aleksandar Vucic. Likely New Slovenian PM has Ambitious Plans. Pres. Djukanovic Fights Agains the Church.

Balkan Blast 3/2/2020: Balkan Insider Exclusive With Serbian Pres. Aleksandar Vucic. Likely New Slovenian PM has Ambitious Plans. Pres. Djukanovic Fights Agains the Church.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HAPPY STATEHOOD DAY: Bosnia and Herzegovina yesterday celebrated independence day! EXCLUSIVE WITH SERBIA’S PRESIDENT ALEKSANDAR VUCIC: Balkan Insider and Jewish Insider Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on the sidelines of the 2020 AIPAC Conference in Washington, DC. Vucic covered his […]

Balkan Blast 2/26/2020: U.S. Ambassadors to the Balkans Descend on DC. Kosovo President Meets With Think Tanks in DC. U.S., EU Respond to Serbia’s Pantsir Acquisition. Coronavirus Hits the Region.

Balkan Blast 2/26/2020: U.S. Ambassadors to the Balkans Descend on DC. Kosovo President Meets With Think Tanks in DC. U.S., EU Respond to Serbia’s Pantsir Acquisition. Coronavirus Hits the Region.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. AMBASSADORS FROM THE REGION VISIT D.C.: U.S. Ambassadors to the region descended on Washington D.C. U.S. Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim wrote on Twitter, “In Washington coordinating ways to strengthen Friends & Allies, use US power to achieve solutions […]

Balkan Blast 2/25/2020: Republika Srpska Renews Lobbying Effort in Washington, DC. More Russian Weapons Delivered to Serbia. Roundup of the EBRD Summit in London, W. Balkans Summit in Thessaloniki. Russia’s Lavrov to be in Belgrade on March 24.

Balkan Blast 2/25/2020: Republika Srpska Renews Lobbying Effort in Washington, DC. More Russian Weapons Delivered to Serbia. Roundup of the EBRD Summit in London, W. Balkans Summit in Thessaloniki. Russia’s Lavrov to be in Belgrade on March 24.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. AIR FORCE IN BiH: “Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conducted a force development program to enhance relations and share ideas of building better air forces with the Bosnia and Herzegovina air force […]

Balkan Blast 2/19/2020: State Dept.’s Palmer: Up to (Kosovo and Serbia) to establish parameters of the dialogue. New Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, Inaugurated. BiH Presidency Members to Meet Today Amid Crisis.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 2/19/2020: State Dept.’s Palmer: Up to (Kosovo and Serbia) to establish parameters of the dialogue. New Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, Inaugurated. BiH Presidency Members to Meet Today Amid Crisis.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY PALMER ON KOS-SRB DIALOGUE: U.S. State Department Special Envoy to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer told EUObserver, “It’s up to the parties to establish the parameters of the dialogue,” and added, “What we support is the parties finding a […]