Russia and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 6/21/2021: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hosts Western Balkans Summit in Vienna. Serb leaders from across the region react to Montenegro’s resolution on Srebrenica. Russia’s Deputy FM Grushko, Serbian leaders discuss Putin’s visit to Belgrade later this year.Photo: Croatia Week

Balkan Blast 6/21/2021: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hosts Western Balkans Summit in Vienna. Serb leaders from across the region react to Montenegro’s resolution on Srebrenica. Russia’s Deputy FM Grushko, Serbian leaders discuss Putin’s visit to Belgrade later this year.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURZ HOSTS WESTERN BALKANS SUMMIT IN VIENNA: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Saturday hosted Western Balkan leaders in Vienna. The summit was attended by EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák, Albania’s Minister of Infrastructure and Energy […]

Balkan Blast 6/18/2021: SEECP Summit wraps up in Turkey, Antalya Diplomacy Forum starts today. PM Zoran Zaev leads delegation from N. Macedonia to Bulgaria ahead vote on EU accession talks. Min. Leposavić sacked in Montenegro for genocide denial.

Balkan Blast 6/18/2021: SEECP Summit wraps up in Turkey, Antalya Diplomacy Forum starts today. PM Zoran Zaev leads delegation from N. Macedonia to Bulgaria ahead vote on EU accession talks. Min. Leposavić sacked in Montenegro for genocide denial.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LEADERS GATHER FOR SEECP MEETING: Leaders from countries across south east Europe gathered for the South-East European Cooperation Platform (SEECP) Summit in Antalya yesterday. High Representative Josep Borrell represented the EU at the SEECP Summit. Today, leaders will stay […]

Balkan Blast 6/17/2021: Former US Rep. Stivers awarded Order of the Serbian Flag by Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić. EUSR Lajčák notes “If you don’t trust the EU, go somewhere else” at the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum. The Netherlands relents on blocking Albania’s EU path.

Balkan Blast 6/17/2021: Former US Rep. Stivers awarded Order of the Serbian Flag by Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić. EUSR Lajčák notes “If you don’t trust the EU, go somewhere else” at the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum. The Netherlands relents on blocking Albania’s EU path.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY FORMER US REP. STIVERS (R, OH-15) AWARDED BY SERBIA’S VUČIĆ: Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić awarded former Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers with the Order of the Serbian Flag of the Second Degree for building relations between Serbia and the US. […]

Balkan Blast 6/15/2021: Recap of the NATO Summit in Brussels. What to expect in today’s meeting of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. MEP Vladimir Bilčík slams Slavic Brotherhood military drills b/t Belarus, Russia, & Serbia.Photo: Slovenia Times

Balkan Blast 6/15/2021: Recap of the NATO Summit in Brussels. What to expect in today’s meeting of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. MEP Vladimir Bilčík slams Slavic Brotherhood military drills b/t Belarus, Russia, & Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY NATO SUMMIT: The leaders of NATO members gathered in Brussels yesterday for a Summit on the future of NATO. Leaders from the region – Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, N. Macedonia, and Slovenia – joined counterparts from the 29-member alliance. ICYMI […]

Balkan Blast 6/14/2021: Tensions heat up between Kosovo and Serbia ahead of meeting in Brussels. Kosovo marks 22 years since NATO troops arrived in country. Albania to join UN Security Council. NATO Summit preview.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 6/14/2021: Tensions heat up between Kosovo and Serbia ahead of meeting in Brussels. Kosovo marks 22 years since NATO troops arrived in country. Albania to join UN Security Council. NATO Summit preview.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY TENSIONS HEAT UP BETWEEN KOSOVO AND SERBIA: On June 12, 1999, NATO forces entered Kosovo after 78-day bombing campaign against the remnants of what was Yugoslavia and the occasion was marked in Kosovo with the visit to the site […]

Balkan Blast 6/11/2021: Western Balkans leaders gather in Tirana with EC Várhelyi to discuss EC investments, regional cooperation. N. Macedonia’s Zaev meets with Macron in France. Kosovo’s Osmani on official visit to Estonia. Albanians in Serbia demand same rights as Serbs in Kosovo.

Balkan Blast 6/11/2021: Western Balkans leaders gather in Tirana with EC Várhelyi to discuss EC investments, regional cooperation. N. Macedonia’s Zaev meets with Macron in France. Kosovo’s Osmani on official visit to Estonia. Albanians in Serbia demand same rights as Serbs in Kosovo.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY WESTERN BALKAN LEADERS MEET IN TIRANA: The leaders of the Western Balkan 6 (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, N. Macedonia, and Serbia) gathered in Tirana to discuss regional issues and the EU’s investment plan. According to AP News, […]

Balkan Blast 6/9/2021: US President Biden signs executive order to expand sanctions on Western Balkans corrupt actors. Ratko Mladić life sentence upheld at UN court. German FM Heiko Maas calls for greater freedom of movement in Berlin Process virtual meeting.

Balkan Blast 6/9/2021: US President Biden signs executive order to expand sanctions on Western Balkans corrupt actors. Ratko Mladić life sentence upheld at UN court. German FM Heiko Maas calls for greater freedom of movement in Berlin Process virtual meeting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN AIMS TO TACKLE CORRUPTION, DESTABILIZATION: US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Blocking Property And Suspending Entry Into The United States Of Certain Persons Contributing To The Destabilizing Situation In The Western Balkans. He expanded the […]

Balkan Blast 6/2/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák in Kosovo preparing for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue meeting in June, Day 2. US AMB Nelson discusses new High Rep Schmidt with BiH’s Dodik. Serbia’s Dačić talks to Lavrov: Russia supports Belgrade on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Trouble in the Montenegrin government?Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 6/2/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák in Kosovo preparing for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue meeting in June, Day 2. US AMB Nelson discusses new High Rep Schmidt with BiH’s Dodik. Serbia’s Dačić talks to Lavrov: Russia supports Belgrade on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Trouble in the Montenegrin government?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER, LAJČÁK IN KOSOVO DAY 2: US DAS and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer and EUSR for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák spent their second day in Kosovo meeting with government officials and held a […]

Balkan Blast 6/1/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák meet top officials on trip to Kosovo. Spain to open liaison office in Pristina. New Mayors in Croatia’s four biggest cities. Serbia’s Parliament Speaker at State Duma in Moscow, no sanctions against Russia.

Balkan Blast 6/1/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák meet top officials on trip to Kosovo. Spain to open liaison office in Pristina. New Mayors in Croatia’s four biggest cities. Serbia’s Parliament Speaker at State Duma in Moscow, no sanctions against Russia.

Welcome back to the Balkan Blast. We hope all of our subscribers had a safe Memorial Day. We would like to remember all of the military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving the United States. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER, LAJČÁK […]

Balkan Blast 5/4/2021: Albania’s Socialists aim to impeach President Meta. EU’s Varhelyi kicks off visit to the Western Balkans. N. Macedonia’s Osmani meets German FM Maas in Berlin. Japan’s FM visited BiH, Slovenia over the weekend.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 5/4/2021: Albania’s Socialists aim to impeach President Meta. EU’s Varhelyi kicks off visit to the Western Balkans. N. Macedonia’s Osmani meets German FM Maas in Berlin. Japan’s FM visited BiH, Slovenia over the weekend.

We would like to wish our Orthodox Christian readers a Happy Easter! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ALBANIAN RULING PARTY LOOKS TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT: Albania’s Socialist Party, which won a third consecutive mandate in parliamentary elections, has started a motion in parliament to impeach […]