“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says an investigative journalist who was reported missing two days ago near the Romanian border has been located and that is being questioned by the authorities.

Vucic’s announcement at a June 15 news conference in Belgrade came two days after Stefan Cvetkovic, 47, disappeared while reportedly investigating the unsolved murder of a Kosovo Serb leader in January.

His disappearance triggered a statement of concern from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), while dozens of police officers aided by a helicopter had searched the area where his vehicle was found with the lights on and the driver’s door open. Divers were searching a lake nearby.” (RFE/RL)


“Nearly 45 members of the Ohio National Guard’s 838th Military Police Company arrived in the Republic of Serbia June 10 to participate in exercise Platinum Wolf.

The two-week, multinational peacekeeping exercise will bring 10 nations together to enhance military cooperation and interoperability at Serbia’s South Base and Borovac Training Area, June 11 – 22.

The full-scale exercise, led by the Serbian Armed Forces, will allow the Ohio National Guard’s military police Soldiers, along with more than 45 members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 269th Military Police Company, to train alongside and develop partnerships and mutual understanding between partner nations including, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Romania.

The training event kicked off June 11 with the official opening ceremonies, where about 550 military personnel participated in an open ranks inspection and listened as Col. Sladjan Stamenkovic, the Serbian 4th Army Brigade commander, welcomed and thanked the partnering nations and highlighted the exercise objectives.” (U.S. Embassy in Belgrade)


“The Shanghai-based investment fund Sino-China Investment Group is interested in funding projects in Serbia through the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

The fund is ready to secure around one billion euros for the purpose in the first stage, the Sino-RS company president, Jin Frank Li, has told Tanjug.

The idea is to establish a separate investment fund for financing transport, energy, telecommunications, agriculture and construction projects, with public-private partnership as one of the models, Li said.

He explained that this fund will be formed as part of China’s global Belt and Road initiative.

Public-private partnership, as one of the models, would be a combination of capital and bonds. Going to international capital markets through an initial public offering (IPO) will also be considered, Li said.” (B92)