Russia and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 4/13/2021: EU refuses to pay Montenegro’s $1bn debt to China. USAID allocates $22m to Serbia. Slovenian President Pahor asks about “peaceful dissolution” of BiH on trip to Sarajevo. EUSR Lajčák remains confident on Kosovo-Serbia deal.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 4/13/2021: EU refuses to pay Montenegro’s $1bn debt to China. USAID allocates $22m to Serbia. Slovenian President Pahor asks about “peaceful dissolution” of BiH on trip to Sarajevo. EUSR Lajčák remains confident on Kosovo-Serbia deal.

We would like to wish all Muslims across the U.S., Balkans, and world a Happy Ramadan! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY USAID’S ALLOCATES $22M TO SERBIA:  Serbia’s Minister of European Integration Jadranka Jokšimović and Director of the Office of Democratic and Economic Development at USAID […]

4/9/2021: U.S. Secretary of State Blinken writes to Kosovo PM Albin Kurti. Montenegrin minister claims he didn’t deny the Srebrenica Genocide. Sarajevo has a new mayor – Benjamina Karić. Montenegrin PM aims to visit Israel.

4/9/2021: U.S. Secretary of State Blinken writes to Kosovo PM Albin Kurti. Montenegrin minister claims he didn’t deny the Srebrenica Genocide. Sarajevo has a new mayor – Benjamina Karić. Montenegrin PM aims to visit Israel.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BLINKEN WRITES TO KURTI: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent a letter of congratulations to Kosovo PM Albin Kurti for forming a government and spoke about U.S. expectations moving forward. Secretary Blinken underscored the U.S. looks “forward to […]

Balkan Blast 4/8/2021: U.S., OSCE, and EU Ambs to BiH meet urge change in electoral law. Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia’s Defense Ministers meet to discuss the Strategic Compass process, EU-NATO cooperation, military mobility, and Mozambique. Croatia’s Interior Ministry denies sexual abuse allegations against Croatian Police.Photo: HARP

Balkan Blast 4/8/2021: U.S., OSCE, and EU Ambs to BiH meet urge change in electoral law. Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia’s Defense Ministers meet to discuss the Strategic Compass process, EU-NATO cooperation, military mobility, and Mozambique. Croatia’s Interior Ministry denies sexual abuse allegations against Croatian Police.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DIPLOMATS CORNER: Albania – DAS Matthew Palmer’s “virtual visit” to Albania included meeting with Champions of Justice Reform from state institutions, independent justice institutions, media, civil society, and academia. He “reinforced U.S. support for the implementation of justice reform and its […]

Balkan Blast 4/5/2021: Kosovo elects Vjosa Osmani as president. Sec. Blinken calls for constitutional change in BiH. Macron urges Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue. Slovenia’s Janša facing impeachment.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 4/5/2021: Kosovo elects Vjosa Osmani as president. Sec. Blinken calls for constitutional change in BiH. Macron urges Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue. Slovenia’s Janša facing impeachment.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter to those who celebrated the holiday yesterday.  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO’S NEW PRESIDENT: Vjosa Osmani was elected President of Kosovo after the third round of voting on Sunday with a total of 71 […]

Balkan Blast 3/31/2021: How did the region fare in the State Dept.’s DRL Human Rights Report? Coming soon – Kosovo’s next president? Montenegrin Justice Minister says he’s not a genocide denier. Italian FM in BiH, Czech FM in Serbia.Photo: AP

Balkan Blast 3/31/2021: How did the region fare in the State Dept.’s DRL Human Rights Report? Coming soon – Kosovo’s next president? Montenegrin Justice Minister says he’s not a genocide denier. Italian FM in BiH, Czech FM in Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY STATE DEPARTMENT DRL REPORT: The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) released its 2020 Human Rights Report. Here are “significant human rights issues” outlined in the report for the region. Albania – “problems with […]

Balkan Blast 3/26/2021: European Parliament supports integration of W. Balkans. EUSR Lajčák says leaders in Belgrade and Pristina could meet in coming weeks. China’s Defense Minister on three-day official visit to Serbia. Sarajevans want Bogićević as mayor.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 3/26/2021: European Parliament supports integration of W. Balkans. EUSR Lajčák says leaders in Belgrade and Pristina could meet in coming weeks. China’s Defense Minister on three-day official visit to Serbia. Sarajevans want Bogićević as mayor.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EU DISCUSSES WESTERN BALKANS: The European Parliament yesterday discussed the enlargement reports of the four Western Balkan countries progress to EU accession. The key takeaway from the discussions are that the European Parliament supports integration, but expects the countries […]

Balkan Blast 3/25/2021: NATO bombing remembered in Kosovo, Serbia. NATO FMs discuss Russia on second day of ministerial. Kosovo PM Kurti details four principles to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 3/25/2021: NATO bombing remembered in Kosovo, Serbia. NATO FMs discuss Russia on second day of ministerial. Kosovo PM Kurti details four principles to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY TWENTY-TWO YEARS SINCE NATO BOMBING COMMENCED: NATO’s bombing campaign against the remnants of Yugoslavia commenced twenty-two years ago yesterday. Kosovo’s Acting President Glauk Konjufca met with NATO Major General Franco Federici yesterday on the occasion. A press statement from the […]

Balkan Blast 3/22/2021: Bosnia, the West respond to Russia’s threats in BiH over NATO. EU urges calm between Kosovo & Serbia. Slovenia’s Janša to meet von der Leyen on Thursday.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 3/22/2021: Bosnia, the West respond to Russia’s threats in BiH over NATO. EU urges calm between Kosovo & Serbia. Slovenia’s Janša to meet von der Leyen on Thursday.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BOSNIA’S NATO PATH: NATO and two of three presidency members responded to Russia’s threats if a rapprochement between the collective security alliance and Bosnia and Herzegovina took place. NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu told N1 that outside actors cannot influence a […]

Balkan Blast 3/19/2021: Montenegro’s Abazović in Brussels. Russia “will have to react” if BiH joins NATO. N. Macedonia buys U.S. armored vehicles. Kosovo’s new gov’t shaping up.

Balkan Blast 3/19/2021: Montenegro’s Abazović in Brussels. Russia “will have to react” if BiH joins NATO. N. Macedonia buys U.S. armored vehicles. Kosovo’s new gov’t shaping up.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BiH PRESIDENCY IN ANKARA: The BiH tripartite presidency members continued their visit to Turkey on Wednesday. Key developments include: BiH Presidency Member Šefik Džaferović and Željko Komšić met with members of the Committee on Foreign Economic Relations of the Republic […]