Russia and The Balkans

US, Russia Meet in Belgrade – No Compromise on DonbasPhoto: Boris Dimitrov

US, Russia Meet in Belgrade – No Compromise on Donbas

“During the November 13 meeting held in Belgrade between U.S. Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker and Russia’s top presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, the parties have discussed the possibility to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, TASS news agency reported quoting Surkov as saying following the […]

Putin Congratulates PahorDW

Putin Congratulates Pahor

“I would like to confirm our readiness to continue our constructive dialogue and joint work on the development of friendly Russian-Slovenian relations and mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in various areas. I am sure that this meets the core interests of our peoples and helps with security and stability on the European continent.” (Kremlin)

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Zaev  in Official Visit to Slovenia, Moscow’s Reaction to MAK in NATOexploringmacedonia.com

Macedonia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Zaev in Official Visit to Slovenia, Moscow’s Reaction to MAK in NATO

“Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, will head the government delegation in an official visit to Slovenia (on Monday and Tuesday). The delegation will consist of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Oliver Spasovski, Minsiter of Economy Kreshnik Bektesi, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Agriculture Ljupco Nikolovski, Minister […]

President Ivanov: China and Russia Taking Over Balkansnationalinterest.org

President Ivanov: China and Russia Taking Over Balkans

“EUROPEAN Union officials are allowing China and Russia to gain strategic influence in Europe by failing smaller nations on the continent, the President of Macedonia has revealed. President Ivanov warned the closed-off view of the bloc (EU), and its lack of investment in connecting the east and the west, was […]

What do MNE and the US Have in Common? Russian Meddling in ElectionsEuropean Western Balkans/2BS Forum

What do MNE and the US Have in Common? Russian Meddling in Elections

“The US State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Laura Cooper said that Montenegro could expect continued support from and presence of the USA in the region. However, she said it was no longer just support but a partnership, since Montenegro was now USA’s NATO ally. ‘The fact […]

Russian Amb in SRB takes Aim at Yee, Opposition Unimpressed with Message

Russian Amb in SRB takes Aim at Yee, Opposition Unimpressed with Message

Russian Ambassador Aleksand Chepurin has said “‘I am looking at the photos published in the newspapers. (Russian Foreign Minister) Lavrov on one side, the US envoy on the other. There is a stark difference Lavrov is a foreign minister, and the guest (Hoyt Yee) who arrived in Serbia […]

SERBIA WEEKEND ROUNDUP: US & Russia to Meet in Serbia on Ukraine?, Nikolic Receives Award from Putin, Top Politicians in the Muslim World , Air Serbia: Next Direct Line is CanadaPhoto: N1

SERBIA WEEKEND ROUNDUP: US & Russia to Meet in Serbia on Ukraine?, Nikolic Receives Award from Putin, Top Politicians in the Muslim World , Air Serbia: Next Direct Line is Canada

“Tanjug reported this on Friday, citing Sputnik. Special US representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Russian president’s aide Vladislav Surkov will speak in the Serbian capital once again – after their first meeting on October 9.  Meanwhile, Volker has called “interesting” Russia’s initiative for UN peacekeepers to be deployed in […]

SLOVENIA WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Tillerson Letter on CRO-SLO Border Dispute, Putin Awards Two Slovene Politicians the Order of Friendship, Business Leaders in SLO for Lufthansa EventPhoto: BoBo/RTVSLO

SLOVENIA WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Tillerson Letter on CRO-SLO Border Dispute, Putin Awards Two Slovene Politicians the Order of Friendship, Business Leaders in SLO for Lufthansa Event

“Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec has received a letter from Washington, in which US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “reiterates known American positions” on solving the border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday. According to the Foreign Ministry, the secretary of state did not […]

Russia Won’t Extradite Alleged MNE Coup PlotterDarko Vujinovic/AP/RFE

Russia Won’t Extradite Alleged MNE Coup Plotter

“Russian authorities say they won’t hand over a Montenegrin man to his home country where he is suspected of involvement in an alleged coup attempt. Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office said in a November 1 statement that it rejected a request by Montenegro’s Justice Ministry to extradite the person, whom it identified […]

Ukrainian Amb. on Serbian Foreign Fighters in UkraineCredit: Serbian Ministry of Defense

Ukrainian Amb. on Serbian Foreign Fighters in Ukraine

Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia Oleksandar Aleksandrovych has pressed Serbia on the issue of Serbian foreign fighters in Eastern Ukraine fighting with pro-Russian separatists. He has said “It is about applying a Serbian law that is supposed to punish Serbian citizens participating in wars or conflicts in foreign countries… Not one […]