Russia and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 4/30/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti, EU’s Borrell aim for June date to restart Dialogue. Slovenian PM Janša meets France’s Macron in Paris. Russian Embassy in BiH responds to State Dept.’s Matthew Palmer.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 4/30/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti, EU’s Borrell aim for June date to restart Dialogue. Slovenian PM Janša meets France’s Macron in Paris. Russian Embassy in BiH responds to State Dept.’s Matthew Palmer.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURTI’S DAY 2 IN BRUSSELS: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti on his final day in Brussels met with EU High Representative Josep Borrell, President of the European Commission Ursala von der Leyen, Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. […]

Balkan Blast 4/29/2021: N. Macedonia’s Pendarovski meets NATO’s Stoltenberg. Kurti starts meetings in Brussels, says no new meeting on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. State Dept.’s Chollet, Palmer comment on situation in BiH. Serbia’s Vučić denies non paper written in Belgrade.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 4/29/2021: N. Macedonia’s Pendarovski meets NATO’s Stoltenberg. Kurti starts meetings in Brussels, says no new meeting on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. State Dept.’s Chollet, Palmer comment on situation in BiH. Serbia’s Vučić denies non paper written in Belgrade.

Join your fellow Balkan Insider readers, on Thursday, April 29th at 12:00PM EST/6:00PM CET, for a webinar with the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst. The former ambassador will share his highlights from his three plus years based in Zagreb on key geo-political […]

Balkan Blast 4/19/2021: EU FMs postpone debate on W. Balkans after alleged Slovenian non-paper calling for border changes. Montenegro’s FM Radulović speaks with EUSR Lajčák. Iranian and Serbian FMs meet in Tehran. Serbia looks set to change Constitution.

Balkan Blast 4/19/2021: EU FMs postpone debate on W. Balkans after alleged Slovenian non-paper calling for border changes. Montenegro’s FM Radulović speaks with EUSR Lajčák. Iranian and Serbian FMs meet in Tehran. Serbia looks set to change Constitution.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EU POSTPONES DEBATE ON WB: A debate of the EU Foreign Ministers about the Western Balkans scheduled for today has been postponed until May. An unnamed senior EU official said the meeting should take place in person. The official […]

Balkan Blast 4/16/2021: Slovenia’s non-paper bombshell shocks the Western Balkans. Vučić meets QUINT, EU representatives. Rama’s offer for grand coalition shut down.

Balkan Blast 4/16/2021: Slovenia’s non-paper bombshell shocks the Western Balkans. Vučić meets QUINT, EU representatives. Rama’s offer for grand coalition shut down.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SLOVENIA’S NON-PAPER BOMBSHELL: Slovenian news outlet necenzurirano leaked the alleged Slovenian non-paper that would redraw the borders in the Western Balkans along ethnic lines. According to the document, it aims to tackle the “unresolved national issues of Serbs, Albanians […]

Balkan Blast 4/14/2021: Kosovo discussed at the UN Security Council. Várhelyi calls for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue as soon as possible. Croatia to block Serbia’s EU path? Bosnia fails to inscribe genocide denial in Criminal Code.Photo: impakter.com

Balkan Blast 4/14/2021: Kosovo discussed at the UN Security Council. Várhelyi calls for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue as soon as possible. Croatia to block Serbia’s EU path? Bosnia fails to inscribe genocide denial in Criminal Code.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO DISCUSSED AT THE UNSC: The United Nations Security Council held its six-month briefing on the situation in Kosovo. Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Zahir Tanin presented his latest report. To kick off […]

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 […]