“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is determined to go down in history as the man who reconciled ethnic and territorial differences in a region synonymous with war. And that means allegiances are getting stretched.

Russia’s biggest ally in the Balkans says he won’t cross German Chancellor Angela Merkel, however hard that sometimes might be. ‘We need to show fairness and loyalty,’ Vucic said in an interview at his presidential palace in Belgrade on Thursday. Talking to Merkel “was not an easy conversation,’ he said. ‘But I’ll never say anything against her.'” (Bloomberg)

“A rights group on Saturday sharply criticized the Serbian government after the defense ministry published and promoted books that include the war memories of two former generals convicted of war crimes by a U.N. court.

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights said in an open letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabic that the move amounted to open state support for the war criminals sentenced by the Yugoslav tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

The ministry rejected the criticism in a statement, insisting that the generals have the right to ‘state their view of the historic events that they had participated in.'” (AP)

“Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic said the member states of the Interpol were facing a strong lobbying of Kosovo representatives to make Kosovo a member of that organisation, but, as he assessed, this would not happen during the November session of the Interpol.

Dacic told the Radio Television of Serbia (RTS), the public broadcaster, that even some territories and not states only could become the Interpol member states but only with the consent of the state, it is a part of.

‘Voting the membership of Kosovo would mean a direct breach of the Interpol statute and violation of all rules we have been establishing for the past decades, and that is that the issue of status (of Kosovo) must be solved first and only then its accession to the international organisations,’ explained Dacic.” (N1)