Russia and The Balkans

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Serbia Protests Against President Vucic; President Vucic to Attend UN Security Council Meeting on Kosovo; Russia to Back Serbian Interests in UNPhoto: impakter.com

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Serbia Protests Against President Vucic; President Vucic to Attend UN Security Council Meeting on Kosovo; Russia to Back Serbian Interests in UN

“Thousands of Serbians took to the streets of the capital Belgrade on Saturday to voice their opposition to the creeping authoritarianism of President Aleksandar Vucic and his administration. Braving the bitter cold and snow, the crowds blew whistles and horns, echoing demonstrations against former strongman Slobodan Milosevic. ‘Vucic, […]

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Macedonian Language at Forefront of Spat with Bulgaria; Russian Foreign Minister Accuses US of Interference in Macedonia as Tsipras Meets Putin; Macedonian Parliamentarian on Visits Think Tanks in Washington DCexploringmacedonia.com

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Macedonian Language at Forefront of Spat with Bulgaria; Russian Foreign Minister Accuses US of Interference in Macedonia as Tsipras Meets Putin; Macedonian Parliamentarian on Visits Think Tanks in Washington DC

“The Foreign Ministry in Macedonia has responded to Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and VMRO party leader Krassimir Karakachanov’s threat to block the country’s path to the EU and NATO if its Prime Minister Zoran Zaev continues to claim the Prespa Agreement recognizes a ‘Macedonian language.’ Words such as those by […]

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Opposition Protests Rock Belgrade, Vucic Won’t Cave to Demands; Putin Pushes for Preferential Trade Deal With Serbia; Brnabic Urges Pristina to Show CEFTA ComplaintReuters/Antonio Bronic

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Opposition Protests Rock Belgrade, Vucic Won’t Cave to Demands; Putin Pushes for Preferential Trade Deal With Serbia; Brnabic Urges Pristina to Show CEFTA Complaint

“Thousands joined an antigovernment march in Belgrade on the evening of December 8. The event was organized by the Alliance For Serbia opposition coalition in protest against a November 23 assault against Borko Stefanovic, the leader of the Serbian Left party. The opposition accuses people from the ruling […]

Sberbank May Sell Stake in Agrokor

Sberbank May Sell Stake in Agrokor

“Russia’s Sberbank, the biggest shareholder in the restructured food and retail group Agrokor, started receiving offers to sell its 39.2 percent stake in the company, news agency Reuters reported on Wednesday. Offers have been made by distressed funds based in the United States, Canada, and the UK, said […]

Montenegro WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Bellingcat Unmasks Second GRU Officer Involved in Coup Attempt; Prime Minister Markovic Wants to Create Conditions for Increased FDI on the Coast; Ukrainians Look to Montenegro for Help Joining NATOVolodymyr/123RF/Budva

Montenegro WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Bellingcat Unmasks Second GRU Officer Involved in Coup Attempt; Prime Minister Markovic Wants to Create Conditions for Increased FDI on the Coast; Ukrainians Look to Montenegro for Help Joining NATO

“A joint investigation between Bellingcat and The Insider has identified a second GRU officer, who was involved in the 2016 Montenegro coup, as Vladimir Nikolaevich Moiseev. Two officers from Russia’s military intelligence (GRU) are sought, via Interpol, as suspected organizers of an unsuccessful 2016 coup in Montenegro, a […]

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Serbia Looks to China and Russia for Support Over Kosovo; Defense Minister Says Army Ready to Help Kosovo Serbs; Opposition Politican Beaten at Rally; Vojvodina Marks 100 Years Since Joining Serbia; Gazprom Pipeline to Go Through SerbiaPhoto: Gazprom

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Serbia Looks to China and Russia for Support Over Kosovo; Defense Minister Says Army Ready to Help Kosovo Serbs; Opposition Politican Beaten at Rally; Vojvodina Marks 100 Years Since Joining Serbia; Gazprom Pipeline to Go Through Serbia

“Aleksandar Vucic and Ana Brnabic have asked China’s ambassador to tell the Chinese leadership that Serbia has never ‘never’ been in a more difficult situation. Chinese Ambassador Li Manchang responded to this on Friday on Belgrade by saying he will notify the president of China about this in […]

Kosovo WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Olympic Council of Asia Warns India After Denying Kosovar Boxer Visa; The Wrap Interviews Director of Kosovo’s Foreign-Language Oscar Nomination Film About Gay Rights; Dimitar Bechev on Why Kosovo-Serbia is a  Russian Victory

Kosovo WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Olympic Council of Asia Warns India After Denying Kosovar Boxer Visa; The Wrap Interviews Director of Kosovo’s Foreign-Language Oscar Nomination Film About Gay Rights; Dimitar Bechev on Why Kosovo-Serbia is a Russian Victory

“The Olympic Council of Asia has warned India it could miss out on hosting major Games after a boxer from Kosovo was denied a visa to compete in the women’s world championships in New Delhi. India, which does not recognise Kosovo, has expressed a strong interest in hosting […]

Kosovo’s President Meets Vladimir Putin in FrancePhoto: Associated Press

Kosovo’s President Meets Vladimir Putin in France

“Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in a Tweet on Monday announced that he held a brief conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris. But Russian news agency Tass reports that the Kremlin made no announcements about the meeting. ‘In Paris, I met President Putin, focusing on dialogue for […]