Russia and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 1/15/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti and Osmani to team up in upcoming parliamentary elections. Dodik challenges Ukraine on 300-year-old golden icon. FMs abroad: Slovenian FM in Finland, French FM in Croatia, N. Macedonia’s FM in Greece.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ICYMI: Balkan Insider yesterday hosted a Trans-Atlantic discussion with Florian Bieber (University of Graz) and Edward Joseph (Johns Hopkins SAIS) on challenges and opportunities in the region including backsliding democracy, EU enlargement, approaches to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, and much […]

Balkan Blast 1/7/2021: Kosovo sets date for snap parliamentary elections. Ukrainian FM calls for return of icon Dodik gifted Russia’s Lavrov. Croatia rocked by another earthquake.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 1/7/2021: Kosovo sets date for snap parliamentary elections. Ukrainian FM calls for return of icon Dodik gifted Russia’s Lavrov. Croatia rocked by another earthquake.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We would like to wish all Orthodox believers from the Balkans and beyond a Merry Christmas! KOSOVO SNAP ELECTION DATE SET: Acting President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani set snap parliamentary elections for February 14 after the Constitutional Court ruled […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 1/6/2021: Kosovo’s Vjosa Osmani outlines cooperation with the Biden Administration. The EU’s High Rep. Borrell weighs in on BiH’s migrant crisis. Dodik claims Ukrainian icon was from family, slams High Rep in BiH after Covid hospital stay.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY OSMANI ON COOPERATION W/ THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: Acting Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani outlined the expectations on cooperation with the Biden-Harris Administration and Pristina’s commitments under the Trump-Pence Administration. She highlighted, “We need to sit and talk with US President […]

Balkan Blast 1/4/2021: End of year wrap-up. Serbia holds ceremony for Russian-led BalkanStream pipeline. Germany’s Roth warns of leaving a power vacuum in the W. Balkans. Etihad decreases stake in Air Serbia.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 1/4/2021: End of year wrap-up. Serbia holds ceremony for Russian-led BalkanStream pipeline. Germany’s Roth warns of leaving a power vacuum in the W. Balkans. Etihad decreases stake in Air Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We hope all of our subscribers had a happy and healthy new year. We are looking forward to providing you with the top news from the Balkans in 2021. For business inquiries, sponsorship, and tips, reach out to us […]

Balkan Blast 12/17/2020: Russia’s FM Lavrov finishes Balkans trip, but not without controversy. N. Macedonia’s leaders slam Bulgaria, remain firm on identity. Catch up on Montenegrin PM Krivokapic’s trip to Brussels. Kosovo’s Osmani calls on Albania to “condemn Serbian genocide in Kosovo.”S.Borisov/Shutterstock

Balkan Blast 12/17/2020: Russia’s FM Lavrov finishes Balkans trip, but not without controversy. N. Macedonia’s leaders slam Bulgaria, remain firm on identity. Catch up on Montenegrin PM Krivokapic’s trip to Brussels. Kosovo’s Osmani calls on Albania to “condemn Serbian genocide in Kosovo.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Greetings from Florida where it is 80 degrees F (27 C) and sunny while Washington and New York get hammered with up to a foot plus (30 cm)! But let’s get caught up in the Balkans! 25 YEARS SINCE […]

Balkan Blast 12/15/2020: The international community marks 25 years since signing the Dayton Peace Accords. Russia’s FM Lavrov meets Dodik in BiH.  Bulgarian PM Borissov calls on N. Macedonia to sign annex to 2017 Friendship Treaty about minorities.

Balkan Blast 12/15/2020: The international community marks 25 years since signing the Dayton Peace Accords. Russia’s FM Lavrov meets Dodik in BiH. Bulgarian PM Borissov calls on N. Macedonia to sign annex to 2017 Friendship Treaty about minorities.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY 25 YEARS SINCE DAYTON OFFICIALLY SIGNED: The international community and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday commemorated the official signing of the Dayton Peace Accords (DPA) in Paris. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden released a statement highlighting the work is not done […]

Balkan Blast 12/9/2020: Latest on the HFAC hearing on the Western Balkans. Germany’s Roth warns dissenters on formally opening EU accession talks. Serbia backs Russia in the UN over Crimea, Belgrade’s Mininister Popovic hails relations as “best in history”.S.Borisov/Shutterstock

Balkan Blast 12/9/2020: Latest on the HFAC hearing on the Western Balkans. Germany’s Roth warns dissenters on formally opening EU accession talks. Serbia backs Russia in the UN over Crimea, Belgrade’s Mininister Popovic hails relations as “best in history”.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HFAC HEARING: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on The Balkans: Policy Recommendations for the Next Administration yesterday with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Dr. Daniel Serwer, and Mr. Janusz Bugajski appearing as witnesses. The discussion focused […]

Balkan Blast 12/3/2020: U.S. clears $757m arms deal with Croatia. EU’s two main focuses: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and resolving the deadlock in BiH. Russia slams communique released by PIC Steering Board.Photo: Croatia Week

Balkan Blast 12/3/2020: U.S. clears $757m arms deal with Croatia. EU’s two main focuses: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and resolving the deadlock in BiH. Russia slams communique released by PIC Steering Board.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. SELLS ARMS TO CROATIA: The U.S. Department of Defense cleared the weapons sale of a combined $1.55 billion to Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. According to Defense News, “The largest dollar value of the […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 11/30/2020: Montenegro expels Serbian Amb, Serbia shows restraint. State Dept.’s Reeker writes letter to Zaev on dispute with Bulgaria. Russia donates tanks to Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We would like to wish a 🇦🇱HAPPY FLAG DAY🇦🇱 to Albanians who celebrated across the world on Saturday. ICYMI: The Center for European Policy Analysis researcher Dr. Leon Hartwell writes for Balkan Insider, –The Biden Administration Will Return to the Long […]

Balkan Blast 11/25/2020: President-elect Biden speaks to von der Leyen, Michel about Western Balkans. Russia convenes BiH party leaders at UNSC. French Defense Minister visits Zagreb to persuade Croatia on fighter jets. RS receives Russian Ansat helicopter.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 11/25/2020: President-elect Biden speaks to von der Leyen, Michel about Western Balkans. Russia convenes BiH party leaders at UNSC. French Defense Minister visits Zagreb to persuade Croatia on fighter jets. RS receives Russian Ansat helicopter.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HAPPY STATEHOOD DAY BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA! MUST READ: Fixing Dayton: A New Deal for Bosnia and Herzegovina by Director of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe program Daniel Hamilton and endorsed by top experts on the Western Balkans. A quick preview: “Twenty-five […]