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Balkan Blast 10/29/2020: Trump claims he solved Kosovo-Serbia in 20 minutes, Vucic & Hoti hugging and kissing. DAS & Special Rep. Matt Palmer describes expectations for new Montenegrin gov’t. Serbian PM sets six goals for the cabinet.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 10/29/2020: Trump claims he solved Kosovo-Serbia in 20 minutes, Vucic & Hoti hugging and kissing. DAS & Special Rep. Matt Palmer describes expectations for new Montenegrin gov’t. Serbian PM sets six goals for the cabinet.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY TRUMP SOLVES KOSOVO-SERBIA IN 20 MINUTES, VUCIC & HOTI HUGGING AND KISSING: U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Nebraska claimed he solved the Kosovo-Serbia issue in 20 minutes that left Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo PM Avdullah […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 10/28/2020: Russia’s Lavrov cancels trip to the Balkans, slams EU. BiH’s Dzaferovic comments on Bosnia-Russia relations. Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to resume tomorrow. Montenegro inches towards forming a gov’t.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAVROV CANCELS TRIP, SLAMS EU.: Russian FM Sergey Lavrov has cancelled his trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia after coming in contact with a person infected with Covid-19. Lavrov told Croatia’s Vecernji List, “They (the EU) have been […]

Balkan Blast 10/27/2020: Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Richard Grenell campaigns at Serb Hall in Milwaukee. PM Zaev says Kosovo to be invited to the mini-Schengen on Friday. Vucic and Dodik discuss the proposed Trebinje Airport at a meeting in Belgrade.

Balkan Blast 10/27/2020: Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Richard Grenell campaigns at Serb Hall in Milwaukee. PM Zaev says Kosovo to be invited to the mini-Schengen on Friday. Vucic and Dodik discuss the proposed Trebinje Airport at a meeting in Belgrade.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY GRENELL IN MILWAUKEE: President Trump’s Special Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell attended a Serbian Orthodox Liturgy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and campaigned for Trump a dinner at the Serb Hall. KOSOVO TO BE INVITED TO MINI-SCHENGEN: PM of […]

Balkan Blast 10/26/2020: U.S. signs MOUs with Bulgaria, Kosovo, N. Macedonia on 5G security. Slovenian PM endorses Trump, Sacirbey to vote for Biden. Half of Serbian government ministers to be women. Bulgaria blocks N. Macedonia-Frontex agreement.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. ELECTION CORNER Slovenian PM Janez Jansa openly endorsed Donald Trump on Twitter. He wrote, “We respect difficult, tragic personal life of @JoeBiden and some of his political achievements years ago. But today, if elected, he would be one […]

Balkan Blast 10/23/2020: U.S. urges Croatia to purchase F-16s. Russian FM confirms trip to BiH, Serbia. Ivica Dacic is the new Speaker of Parliament in Serbia. N. Macedonia’s PM Zaev confident on agreement with Bulgaria.

Balkan Blast 10/23/2020: U.S. urges Croatia to purchase F-16s. Russian FM confirms trip to BiH, Serbia. Ivica Dacic is the new Speaker of Parliament in Serbia. N. Macedonia’s PM Zaev confident on agreement with Bulgaria.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. URGES CROATIA ON F-16s: The U.S. Embassy in Croatia released a factsheet highlighting the benefits of the U.S. F-16 fighter jet it dubs as “the world’s most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter” and it “continues to serve as the backbone […]

Balkan Blast 10/22/2020: Russian Defense Ministry to open office in Serbia? Kosovo discussed at UN Security Council. Shekerinska on Macedonian language, identity.Photo: Our Wonderland

Balkan Blast 10/22/2020: Russian Defense Ministry to open office in Serbia? Kosovo discussed at UN Security Council. Shekerinska on Macedonian language, identity.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY STOLTENBERG + MONTENEGRO: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO would supply Montenegro with Covid aid. Stoltenberg encouraged Montenegro and all NATO members to continue military exercises. HYSENI, HOTI ON THE DIALOGUE: Kosovo PM Avdullah Hoti announced a return to reciprocity […]

Balkan Blast 10/20/2020: U.S. Dept. of Energy and USAID meet with Kosovo PM Hoti to discuss implementing Washington Agreement.  Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov to visit BiH, Croatia, & Serbia at end of October. Vucic vows to take down the Serbian mafia.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 10/20/2020: U.S. Dept. of Energy and USAID meet with Kosovo PM Hoti to discuss implementing Washington Agreement. Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov to visit BiH, Croatia, & Serbia at end of October. Vucic vows to take down the Serbian mafia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO + U.S.: Kosovo PM Avdullah Hoti yesterday met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, USAID, and the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo to discuss Ujman/Gazivoda Lake. Hoti wrote on Facebook, “Together with Deputy Prime Minister Driton Selmanaj, we […]

Balkan Blast 10/16/2020: EU Special Rep Miroslav Lajcak meets Pres. Vucic in Belgrade to discuss the Dialogue. US Mission to the OSCE calls for Kosovo to join the organization. Putin cancels visit to Serbia? Bulgaria & N. Macedonia Historical Commissions meet to discuss historical figures.

Balkan Blast 10/16/2020: EU Special Rep Miroslav Lajcak meets Pres. Vucic in Belgrade to discuss the Dialogue. US Mission to the OSCE calls for Kosovo to join the organization. Putin cancels visit to Serbia? Bulgaria & N. Macedonia Historical Commissions meet to discuss historical figures.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJCAK LEAVES FOR BELGRADE: EU Special Representative to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak left Pristina for Belgrade and made a stop at the EU-funded Merdare Border Crossing. He met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. At a press conference […]

Balkan Blast 10/15/2020: The EU’s Lajcak meets Thaci, Kosnett on day 2 of his Kosovo trip. Russian FM Lavrov to visit BiH. Serbia’s Vucic hopes for military exercises with Russia, Belarus, and West in five months. N. Macedonia, Bulgaria Historical Commissions meeting today.S.Borisov/Shutterstock

Balkan Blast 10/15/2020: The EU’s Lajcak meets Thaci, Kosnett on day 2 of his Kosovo trip. Russian FM Lavrov to visit BiH. Serbia’s Vucic hopes for military exercises with Russia, Belarus, and West in five months. N. Macedonia, Bulgaria Historical Commissions meeting today.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJCAK DAY 2 IN KOSOVO: EU Special Representative for the Western Balkans Miroslav Lajcak met with U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, opposition leaders, Srpska Lista, representatives from the Serbian Orthodox Church, and members of […]

Balkan Blast 10/14/2020: Lajcak on visit to Kosovo, to visit Serbia.  Varhelyi outlines Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans. Montenegro’s Krivokapic invites Vucic to visit.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 10/14/2020: Lajcak on visit to Kosovo, to visit Serbia. Varhelyi outlines Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans. Montenegro’s Krivokapic invites Vucic to visit.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJCAK VISITS KOSOVO, IN SERBIA TODAY: EU Special Representative to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak on Tuesday met with Kosovo’s PM Avdullah Hoti, Speaker of Parliament Vjosa Osmani and civil society leaders as a part of a two-day official […]