Russia and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 10/21/2019: N. Macedonia, Albania Fail to Get Green Light to Open EU Talks. Russian Premier Visits Belgrade. Balkan Leaders Descend on DC for World Bank & IMF Meetings.JetSettingFools

Balkan Blast 10/21/2019: N. Macedonia, Albania Fail to Get Green Light to Open EU Talks. Russian Premier Visits Belgrade. Balkan Leaders Descend on DC for World Bank & IMF Meetings.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The European Council failed to give the green light to open accession talks with  Albania and N. Macedonia, a bitter pill to swallow after the Prespa Agreement and reforms.  Prime Minister of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev called for early parliamentary elections […]

Balkan Blast 10/17/2019: Fallout from Albania, N. Macedonia’s EU Accession Talk Aspirations. Kosovo Arrests Two Police Officers in Ivanovic Murder. Russia’s Medvedev in Serbia This Weekend.

Balkan Blast 10/17/2019: Fallout from Albania, N. Macedonia’s EU Accession Talk Aspirations. Kosovo Arrests Two Police Officers in Ivanovic Murder. Russia’s Medvedev in Serbia This Weekend.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The fallout from the decision not to start EU accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia were at the forefront of discussions in Brussels today.  France’s Emmanuel Macron, who has been pushing for halting opening EU accession talks with […]

Balkan Blast 10/15/2019: France Pressured on EU Accession Talks for Albania, N. Macedonia. Croatian FM Denies Blocking EU Condemnation of Turkish Advances in Syria. Second Kosovar Woman Files Charges for Wartime Rape. EURO 2020 Qualifying ResultsPhoto: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 10/15/2019: France Pressured on EU Accession Talks for Albania, N. Macedonia. Croatian FM Denies Blocking EU Condemnation of Turkish Advances in Syria. Second Kosovar Woman Files Charges for Wartime Rape. EURO 2020 Qualifying Results

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY France and the Netherlands remain the two biggest hurdles for Albania and N. Macedonia to begin accession talks.  But Prime Minister of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev expects a positive vote for accession talks to begin later this week. He […]

Balkan Blast 10/14/2019: Trump Presidential Envoy Meets Serbia’s Vucic. “Mini-Schengen” Declared Between Albania, N. Macedonia, and Serbia. Kosovo’s Vetvendosje, LDK to Form Gov’t. Poisoned Ballot Boxes Arrive from Serbia to Kosovo?Photo: Tanjug/Tanja Valic

Balkan Blast 10/14/2019: Trump Presidential Envoy Meets Serbia’s Vucic. “Mini-Schengen” Declared Between Albania, N. Macedonia, and Serbia. Kosovo’s Vetvendosje, LDK to Form Gov’t. Poisoned Ballot Boxes Arrive from Serbia to Kosovo?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Special Presidential Envoy Richard Grenell met Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday. According to the US Embassy in Belgrade, his message was: “The people of Serbia and Kosovo want peace, economic development, jobs, and a better life for their […]

Balkan Blast 10/08/2019: Turkish President Erdogan’s First Day in Belgrade, BiH Presidency Chairman Komsic to Arrive Today. EU Foreign Policy Chief Borrell to Make Official Visit to Kosovo. Croatia Celebrates 28 Years of Independence. Kosovo Election Update.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 10/08/2019: Turkish President Erdogan’s First Day in Belgrade, BiH Presidency Chairman Komsic to Arrive Today. EU Foreign Policy Chief Borrell to Make Official Visit to Kosovo. Croatia Celebrates 28 Years of Independence. Kosovo Election Update.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY “Today, the United States committed an additional $5 million to clear cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Kosovo.  Set to be implemented over four years (2020-2023), this assistance is expected to return at least 4,298,442 […]

Balkan Blast 10/07/2019: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Visits Montenegro, N. Macedonia. US President Donald Trump Appoints New Special Envoy for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Kosovo Snap Election Results – What’s next?Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-BY-SA

Balkan Blast 10/07/2019: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Visits Montenegro, N. Macedonia. US President Donald Trump Appoints New Special Envoy for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Kosovo Snap Election Results – What’s next?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Montenegro and N. Macedonia on Friday as a part of his European trip. He warned leaders in both countries to be aware of malign influence including “Russian bots” and “Chinese bribes.” Read […]

Balkan Blast 10/03/2019: Former Acting AG Matt Whitaker Addresses Rally of Kosovo PM Hopeful. Sen. John Barrasso Visits WY National Guard in Kosovo. Croatian President Announces Bid for Second Term. Russian Foreign Minister Accuses US of Trying to Alter Brussels Agreement. Gas Crisis Averted in BiH.

Balkan Blast 10/03/2019: Former Acting AG Matt Whitaker Addresses Rally of Kosovo PM Hopeful. Sen. John Barrasso Visits WY National Guard in Kosovo. Croatian President Announces Bid for Second Term. Russian Foreign Minister Accuses US of Trying to Alter Brussels Agreement. Gas Crisis Averted in BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Wyoming Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) recently visited Wyoming National Guard troops in the UAE, Kuwait, and Kosovo. He returned from a Congressional Delegation trip to Montenegro and Croatia led by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Cindy McCain in early […]

Balkan Blast 10/01/2019: UPDATE: Kosovo and Serbia Lobbying in the US. EU Expected to Green Light Albania, N. Macedonia Accession. Finnish Foreign Minister on Visit to BiH, Kosovo. Kosovo Election Campaign Heating Up.Photo: EPA / Valdrin Xhemaj

Balkan Blast 10/01/2019: UPDATE: Kosovo and Serbia Lobbying in the US. EU Expected to Green Light Albania, N. Macedonia Accession. Finnish Foreign Minister on Visit to BiH, Kosovo. Kosovo Election Campaign Heating Up.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Serbian and Kosovo Serb media outlets report that the United States was angered by Kosovo’s lobbying tactics. In an unconfirmed and undated e-mail, Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council William Berkeley wrote to Kosovo Prime Minister […]

Balkan Blast 9/30/2019: US Sec. of State Mike Pompeo to Visit N. Macedonia, Montenegro on Oct. 4. US Senate Armed Services Comm. Discusses SE Europe. Woodrow Wilson Statue to be Erected in Belgrade. UNGA Wraps Up. Komsic and Grabar-Kitarovic Trade Barbs Over the Weekend.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 9/30/2019: US Sec. of State Mike Pompeo to Visit N. Macedonia, Montenegro on Oct. 4. US Senate Armed Services Comm. Discusses SE Europe. Woodrow Wilson Statue to be Erected in Belgrade. UNGA Wraps Up. Komsic and Grabar-Kitarovic Trade Barbs Over the Weekend.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit N. Macedonia and Montenegro on October 4th as a part of a European trip that includes stops in Italy, Greece, and the Vatican. The US Senate Armed Services Committee discussed Southeastern […]