WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is on his first trip to Croatia where he’s scheduled to meet with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
  • Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has dismissed an ethnic Serb deputy minister over NATO “genocide” remarks.
  • Primakov also said in an interview with Vecernje Novosti: “We care about Serbia’s right to its southern province being respected, and Russia is a guarantor that Serbia will not lose in that process…We will support any decision of your state leadership over the fate of Kosovo and Metohija, if it is adopted with a political consensus and if that solution does not cause a civil conflict. Russia is the most important property and personal security of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija”
  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says his helicopter was harassed by Turkish jets who invaded Greece’s airspace. Tsipras was on a visit to remote islands to celebrate Greek independence day.
  • Kosovo President Hashim Thaci on a possible agreement with Serbia: “Our goal is reaching a comprehensive agreement, which would solve all open issues between Kosovo and Serbia. But so far nothing has been brought to the negotiation tbale. There are no maps. This issue has been exaggerated by media.”
  • Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dusko Markovic says that Montenegro is ready to put an end to brain drain 
  • Bosnian Croat Member of Presidency Zeljko Komsic met with Chinese Ambassador to Croatia Ji Ping to discuss bilateral agreements in the economic and trade sectors. 
  • “Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric and her Japanese host Taro Kono, confirmed in Tokyo on Monday good and friendly relations between Croatia and Japan and discussed topical global and regional issues as well as cooperation within multilateral organisations, the Croatian foreign ministry said in a press release,” says N1.
  • Bosnian authorities want Croatia to stop polluting a border area with nuclear waste.
  • The 2020 European Capital of Culture Rijeka, Croatia released its promotional video yesterday.
  • The head of the Islamic community in Banja Luka met with Mayor Igor Radojcic and discussed their excellent relationship and the possibility to increase cooperation.


BEYOND THE POLITICS

  • Kosovo startup Gjirafa raises $6.7 million in capital to digitalize the region.
  • Luxury Travel: “Croatia by Superyacht: A Dreamy Summer Vacation“: Come and discover the pristine beaches and many islands dotted across the the Adriatic Sea when you charter a yacht through Croatia. Revel in medieval walled towns, or take a deep dive in crystal clear blue waters while watching the other yachts bob in the water.”