Russia and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 12/15/2020: QUINT States on Recak/Racak Massacre. Croatian PM Plenkovic Addresses European Parliament, Sets Goals for Presidency. Montenegrin FM Explains New Religious Law.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 12/15/2020: QUINT States on Recak/Racak Massacre. Croatian PM Plenkovic Addresses European Parliament, Sets Goals for Presidency. Montenegrin FM Explains New Religious Law.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Ambassadors of the QUINT states (U.S., U.K., France, France, Germany, and Italy) in Kosovo released a statement honoring those killed in the Recak/Racak massacre twenty-one years ago which “eventually prompted NATO allies to intervene and end a humanitarian catastrophe.” US […]

Balkan Blast 12/13/2020: Holiday Wrap Up – Presidential Elections in Croatia as it Takes Over EU Presidency. N. Macedonia’s PM Resigns. No PM Nominated in Kosovo. SE Europe Countries Relocate Troops in Iraq. Trump Statue Burned in Slovenia.Photo: N1

Balkan Blast 12/13/2020: Holiday Wrap Up – Presidential Elections in Croatia as it Takes Over EU Presidency. N. Macedonia’s PM Resigns. No PM Nominated in Kosovo. SE Europe Countries Relocate Troops in Iraq. Trump Statue Burned in Slovenia.

We hope everyone has had a relaxing holiday season  with family and friends. We are proud to bring back our regularly scheduled newsletters. As always, tips and feedback are appreciated! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Around 400 members of the Oregon National Guard of […]

Balkan Blast 12/23/2019: Croatian Presidential Election Results. Encouraging Results from the Mini-Schengen Meetings in Albania. 10 Years Since the Sejdic-Finci Case and No Electoral Form in BiH. Adriatic Trilateral Group Meets in Croatia.

Balkan Blast 12/23/2019: Croatian Presidential Election Results. Encouraging Results from the Mini-Schengen Meetings in Albania. 10 Years Since the Sejdic-Finci Case and No Electoral Form in BiH. Adriatic Trilateral Group Meets in Croatia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CROATIAN ELECTION RESULTS: Former PM Zoran Milanovic topped the exit polls on Sunday  with 29.5% of the votes ahead of incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (26.7%) and right-wing politician Miroslav Skoro (24%). Milanovic faces a tough task in the runoff of January 5th […]

Balkan Blast 12/20/2019: “Mini-Schengen” Leaders Descend on Albania, Kosovo Boycotts. The EU and US Call on Kosovo to Form a Government. Croatian Defense Minister Visits Troops in Afghanistan.Photo: Slovenian Tourist Board

Balkan Blast 12/20/2019: “Mini-Schengen” Leaders Descend on Albania, Kosovo Boycotts. The EU and US Call on Kosovo to Form a Government. Croatian Defense Minister Visits Troops in Afghanistan.

Hello from Florida! Today’s newsletter is a special Friday edition going into the holiday season. As many of you may have already done, are currently doing, or will do in the coming days,  I traveled yesterday to visit family. Let’s get you caught up on the past two days […]

Balkan Blast 12/11/2019: US Treasury Sanctions Serbians in Arms Dealing. Migrants at Vucjak Camp in Bihac, BiH Moved. Reactions from Handke’s Nobel Award Ceremony. Putin Says a Srebrenica Could Happen in Ukraine.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 12/11/2019: US Treasury Sanctions Serbians in Arms Dealing. Migrants at Vucjak Camp in Bihac, BiH Moved. Reactions from Handke’s Nobel Award Ceremony. Putin Says a Srebrenica Could Happen in Ukraine.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The US Treasury Department sanctioned multiple Serbians and their companies for their arms dealings. The Wyoming National Guard, which is deployed in Kosovo, is seeking donations of school supplies for Kosovo’s citizens. More information on how to donate can […]

Balkan Blast 12/09/2019: Fallout of Vucic Denying Racak Massacre Happened. N. Macedonia Won’t Ratify NATO Protocol Early. Nobel Prize Winner, Peter Handke, Won’t Address His Views on Srebrenica.

Balkan Blast 12/09/2019: Fallout of Vucic Denying Racak Massacre Happened. N. Macedonia Won’t Ratify NATO Protocol Early. Nobel Prize Winner, Peter Handke, Won’t Address His Views on Srebrenica.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Anthony Godfrey urged the country to increase the number of small and medium size businesses to stimulate the economy and create new jobs. Former Serb minister in Kosovo Ivan Todosijevic was sentenced to two years in […]

Balkan Blast 12/05/2019: Coverage of Vucic’s Meeting With Putin in Russia. Croatia to Receive Visa Free Travel to US By Next Year? BiH Presidency Members Visit Slovenia. EPP Leader To Work for Kosovo’s Visa Liberalization.S.Borisov/Shutterstock

Balkan Blast 12/05/2019: Coverage of Vucic’s Meeting With Putin in Russia. Croatia to Receive Visa Free Travel to US By Next Year? BiH Presidency Members Visit Slovenia. EPP Leader To Work for Kosovo’s Visa Liberalization.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Ambassador to Croatia Robert Kohorst hinted that Croatia could qualify for a visa free regime with the US by the end of 2020. He noted, “The visa abolishing program depends, among other things, on the percentage of refusals […]

Balkan Blast 12/04/2019: Serbia’s Vucic Meets Slovenia’s Sarec, Belarus’ Lukashenko Then Jets to Sochi to Meet Putin. NATO Leaders Gather in London, Including N. Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev. Vujcak Migrant Camp in BiH Comes Under Fire by CoE.

Balkan Blast 12/04/2019: Serbia’s Vucic Meets Slovenia’s Sarec, Belarus’ Lukashenko Then Jets to Sochi to Meet Putin. NATO Leaders Gather in London, Including N. Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev. Vujcak Migrant Camp in BiH Comes Under Fire by CoE.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY NATO leaders, including Albanian PM Edi Rama, Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic, PM of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev, Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic, and Slovenian PM Marjan Sarec are meeting in London at the 2019 NATO Summit. N. Macedonia was at the meetings […]

Balkan Blast 12/03/2019: Belarus’ Lukashenko Visits Serbia Today. EU’s Borrell on Yugoslav Wars, Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Republika Srpska Prepares for Unconstitutional Holiday in BiH. N. Macedonia Looks to Reform MFA.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 12/03/2019: Belarus’ Lukashenko Visits Serbia Today. EU’s Borrell on Yugoslav Wars, Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Republika Srpska Prepares for Unconstitutional Holiday in BiH. N. Macedonia Looks to Reform MFA.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Governor of Wyoming Mark Gordan and First Lady of Wyoming Jennie Gordon spent their Thanksgiving visiting the Wyoming National Guard across the world over a five day trip. Their first stop was to visit C Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry […]