Russia and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 7/15/2021: China, Russia aim to end BiH’s Office of the High Representative through UN Security Council. Kosovo to reintroduce reciprocal trade measures against Serbia. China responds to State Dept.’s Palmer on debt trap diplomacy in Montenegro.Egypt and Serbia increase military relations.Photo: impakter.com

Balkan Blast 7/15/2021: China, Russia aim to end BiH’s Office of the High Representative through UN Security Council. Kosovo to reintroduce reciprocal trade measures against Serbia. China responds to State Dept.’s Palmer on debt trap diplomacy in Montenegro.Egypt and Serbia increase military relations.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY RUSSIA, CHINA AIM TO END OHR IN THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL: “Russia and China have circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would immediately strip the powers of the international high representative overseeing implementation of the 1995 peace […]

Balkan Blast 7/14/2021: Kosovo and Serbia’s leaders to meet in Brussels on July 19. BiH’s Tegeltija leads SAA Council talks with EU’s Borrell. Croatia’s Milanović fuels more ethnic segregation on trip to BiH. Montenegro’s Abazović on visit to Kazakhstan.

Balkan Blast 7/14/2021: Kosovo and Serbia’s leaders to meet in Brussels on July 19. BiH’s Tegeltija leads SAA Council talks with EU’s Borrell. Croatia’s Milanović fuels more ethnic segregation on trip to BiH. Montenegro’s Abazović on visit to Kazakhstan.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HAPPY STATEHOOD DAY, MONTENEGRO!: We would like to wish all Montenegrins who celebrated yesterday a Happy Statehood Day! KOSOVO-SERBIA MEETING ON JULY 19: European Commission Spokesperson Peter Stano announced on Tuesday that the next high-level meeting between Serbia’s President […]

Balkan Blast 7/6/2021: President Biden announces nominee for U.S. Amb. to Kosovo. Germany’s Angela Merkel hosts virtual Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process. U.S., EU officials urge electoral reform on visit to BiH.

Balkan Blast 7/6/2021: President Biden announces nominee for U.S. Amb. to Kosovo. Germany’s Angela Merkel hosts virtual Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process. U.S., EU officials urge electoral reform on visit to BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Good Tuesday Morning! I hope that you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend filled with hamburgers, hot dogs, and sunshine! BIDEN ANNOUNCES KOSOVO AMB NOMINEE: U.S. President Joe Biden announced Jeffrey M. Hoveneier as Nominee […]

Balkan Blast 6/30/2021: Russia slams appointment of new High Rep for BiH at the UN Security Council. U.S. DAS Palmer on official visit to Bosnia on Saturday. Leaders of Albania, N. Macedonia, and Serbia push Mini-Schengen Initiative forward.

Balkan Blast 6/30/2021: Russia slams appointment of new High Rep for BiH at the UN Security Council. U.S. DAS Palmer on official visit to Bosnia on Saturday. Leaders of Albania, N. Macedonia, and Serbia push Mini-Schengen Initiative forward.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY NEW HIGH REP FOR BiH DISCUSSED IN UNSC: The UN Security Council gathered for a briefing today on Bosnia and Herzegovina at the request of Russia to discuss the appointment of Christian Schmidt as the new High Representative for […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 6/29/2021: Balkans leaders attend Summits/Meetings in Rome, Poland, and Brussels. Serbs celebrate Vidovdan throughout the region. Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zakharova calls Kosovo a “black hole in Europe.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SUMMITS, SUMMITS SUMMITS: Leaders in the Balkans participated in three separate summits and ministerial meetings yesterday. Italy and the United States chaired a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition Against Daesh in Rome on Monday for the first meeting […]

Balkan Blast 6/28/2021: Serbia’s president, opposition leader come face-to-face after president challenges opposition to a fight. Bosnia’s FM meets with Sen. Cardin, 25 members of Congress. German FM Maas, Portugal’s FM Santos Silva, and Slovenia’s FM Logar call for EU integration of W. Balkans.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 6/28/2021: Serbia’s president, opposition leader come face-to-face after president challenges opposition to a fight. Bosnia’s FM meets with Sen. Cardin, 25 members of Congress. German FM Maas, Portugal’s FM Santos Silva, and Slovenia’s FM Logar call for EU integration of W. Balkans.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY VUČIĆ, JEREMIĆ FACE OFF: Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić and opposition leader Vuk Jeremić came face-to-face on Friday at the Office of the President of Serbia after Vučić challenged the opposition leader to a fight. Jeremić and three other opposition politicians […]

Balkan Blast 6/25/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti doesn’t get pledge on visa liberalization in Paris from France’s Macron. Serbia’s Vučić and China’s Xi Jinping discuss “iron friendship”.  European Parliament adopts report on BiH to ire of Croatian MEPs.Photo: Croatia Week

Balkan Blast 6/25/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti doesn’t get pledge on visa liberalization in Paris from France’s Macron. Serbia’s Vučić and China’s Xi Jinping discuss “iron friendship”. European Parliament adopts report on BiH to ire of Croatian MEPs.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO’S KURTI MEETS MACRON IN FRANCE: Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti said at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris that there are no guarantees from Macron for visa liberalization. “I am convinced that they got our […]

Balkan Blast 6/23/2021: EU General Affairs Council fails to agree to open accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia. The EU’s Borrell says there’s no competition for the US to takeover the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Slovenia’s FM Logar outlines vision for W. Balkans and priorities for EU presidency.

Balkan Blast 6/23/2021: EU General Affairs Council fails to agree to open accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia. The EU’s Borrell says there’s no competition for the US to takeover the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Slovenia’s FM Logar outlines vision for W. Balkans and priorities for EU presidency.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BORRELL ON EU-U.S. RELATIONSHIP: EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Monday that the relationship between the EU and the United States is positive and they are in harmony on the EU-led dialogue […]

Balkan Blast 6/22/2021: Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti to meet France’s President Macron next week. Italian FM Di Maio to address Kosovo’s Parliament today. Serbia follows EU foreign policy to sanction Belarus, still refuses to sanction Russia. N. Macedonia’s Goran Pandev retires after 122 international matches.

Balkan Blast 6/22/2021: Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti to meet France’s President Macron next week. Italian FM Di Maio to address Kosovo’s Parliament today. Serbia follows EU foreign policy to sanction Belarus, still refuses to sanction Russia. N. Macedonia’s Goran Pandev retires after 122 international matches.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURTI ON VISIT TO FRANCE: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti on Sunday met with French President Emmanuel Macron’s political advisor for the Balkans Isabelle Dumont, French Ambassador Marie-Christine-Butel, and Adviser in the Directorate of Continental Europe at the French Foreign […]