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“If Serbs back EU’s demands, that will be people’s choice” (B92, Beta)

By   /  19/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Moscow is not opposed to Serbia and the region moving closer to the EU. But the choice Brussels is putting before them – “either Russia or the West” – is a very wrong policy, Lavrov told Beta agency in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview on the eve of his […]

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Dacic announces his “contribution” to Kosovo anniversary (B92, Tanjug)

By   /  19/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic announced on Saturday that Burundi had revoked its recognition of Kosovo. Dacic was in this African country on Thursday. “These days the tenth anniversary is marked in Pristina of the unilateral proclamation of Kosovo’s independence. I wish to make my contribution. I brought with me a note from Burundi’s Foreign Ministry, […]

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Barbados gets Serbia’s protest note over “astonishing act” (B92, Beta, Tanjug)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a protest note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados. The note states that Belgrade received the news of the decision of Barbados to recognize Kosovo “with astonishment.” “Such an unreasonable and unexpected act comes at a time when many countries around the […]

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Dacic: Don’t send us arrogant messages; don’t insult us (B92, Tanjug)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says it is “absolutely counterproductive that some foreign ministers are sending arrogant messages to Belgrade.” Dacic, who is taking part in an informal meeting of EU and candidate countries’ foreign ministers in Sofia, Bulgaria, noted on Friday that when it comes to bilateral disputes, EU’s stance is “not to import instability, […]

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Rada Trajkovic: Ivanovic reported those who endangered him to BIA (B92, Danas, Beta)

By   /  15/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Rada Trajkovic says Oliver Ivanovic reported people that posed danger to him to the Security Information Agency (BIA). According to Trajkovic, who is the leader of the European Movement of Serbs from Kosovo, Ivanovic, a Serb politician from northern Kosovo who was shot dead in January, also conveyed his concerns to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic […]

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War crimes charges dropped against slain Ivanovic (B92, RTS, Kallxo)

By   /  14/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

One month after the murder of Oliver Ivanovic, the Basic Court in Kosovska Mitrovica has formally ended the case where he stood accused of war crimes. According to RTS – which cited the Pristina-based website Kallxo – the court decided to dismiss the indictment for war crimes against Ivanovic, a Serb politician from northern Kosovo. […]

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Austrian chancellor assures stance on Kosovo won’t change (Tanjug, B92)

By   /  14/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

A political storm in Vienna caused by the Austrian vice-chancellor’s statement that Kosovo is a part of Serbia is not dying down, Tanjug is reporting. Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s session of his cabinet, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Austria was “a friend that supports the Western Balkans and is trying to contribute to the normalization […]

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Austrian vice-chancellor: Kosovo undoubtedly part of Serbia (B92, Beta, Tanjug, Politika, RTS)

By   /  12/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Kosovo is without a doubt a part of Serbia, says Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache. In an interview for Belgrade-based daily Politika ahead of his visit to Serbia, Strache said it would be desirable if northern Kosovo had the right to “self-determination or autonomy” – and that it would be wrong to pressure Belgrade to recognize […]

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US congressmen nominate Serbian NGO head for Nobel Prize (B92, VOA)

By   /  01/02/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Two US congressmen have nominated Natasa Kandic and the Humanitarian Law Center NGO for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Voice of America reported this on Thursday. The nomination was submitted by US Congress Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Roger Wicker and Representative Eliot Engel, ranking member of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs. According to […]

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Compromise with Pristina unlikely this year – Vucic (B92, Sputnik, Beta)

By   /  25/01/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says he supports the dialogue with Pristina and is hoping for a compromise solution. But Vucic, speaking for Sputnik in Davos, added that he did not have much hope that this would happen by the end of 2018. https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2018&mm=01&dd=25&nav_id=103343

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“We could join EU together if Serbia recognizes Kosovo” (B92, Beta)

By   /  25/01/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Edi Rama says although Serbia is ahead of Albania in the process of EU accession, the two countries could join the EU together. Speaking in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, the Albanian prime minister said this could happen “under the assumption that Serbia recognizes Kosovo.” “This is a performance-based process. Serbia has advantage because it is […]

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“Foreign factors have strong influence in Balkans” (B92, Beta, RFE)

By   /  24/01/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

According to her, the responsibility for this lies with the European Union because it was not sufficiently engaged in the region. “There is a (foreign) influence, it is our fault, we are not sufficiently present and engaged in the Western Balkan countries,” Zaharieva told European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Beta reported, quoting Radio Free […]

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