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Putin ’Shares Serbia’s Concern’ Over Kosovo Army (Balkan Insight)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his visit to Serbia that he shared Belgrade’s concern over Kosovo’s intention to form an army, which he called a violation of UN Resolution 1244. Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised Kosovo’s decision to form an army on Thursday, after meeting Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who said that Belgrade had […]

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Why America Is Blind to Serbia’s Bright Future (The National Interest)

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Belgrade offers many opportunities that the Washington foreign-policy establishment appears unwilling to recognize. Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belgrade on January 17 poses an interesting question—are China and Russia making inroads into Serbia due to Washington’s neglect? See at: https://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-america-blind-serbias-bright-future-41832

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BIRN Urges Russian Leader To Release Journalists (Balkan Insight)

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As Vladimir Putin visits Belgrade, BIRN journalists have used the occasion to call on the Kremlin leader to release imprisoned journalists in Russia and respect human rights. BIRN journalists in Serbia on Thursday displayed banners asking Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had arrived in Belgrade, to release imprisoned journalists in Russia and to respect human […]

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Putin to discuss bilateral relations, Kosovo, Turkish Stream with Serbian president (TASS)

By   /  17/01/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Putin to discuss bilateral relations, Kosovo, Turkish Stream with Serbian president (TASS)

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic during his official visit to Belgrade. MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will make an official visit to Serbia on Thursday. The Kremlin press service reported earlier that at talks in Belgrade, Putin plans to discuss with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic […]

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Putin attacks west’s role in Balkans ahead of lavish Serbia visit (The Guardian)

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Russian president claims Serbia forced to make ‘artificial choice’ between EU and Moscow. Vladimir Putin is due in Belgrade, where he will bestow a top state honour upon the Serbian leader, Aleksandar Vučić, hoping to shore up one of the few strong bilateral relationships Russia has in Europe, and re-stake Moscow’s claims to maintaining influence […]

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Putin warns West on Balkans as Serbia prepares lavish welcome (BBC)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a powerful delegation to Serbia on Thursday, aiming to cement co-operation with a country seeking to join the EU. Ahead of his Belgrade visit, Mr Putin accused some Western countries of “destabilising” the Balkans. See at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46892363  

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Putin Arrives to Hero’s Welcome as Serbia Seeks Kosovo Leverage (Bloomberg)

By   /  17/01/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Putin Arrives to Hero’s Welcome as Serbia Seeks Kosovo Leverage (Bloomberg)

When Vladimir Putin lands in Belgrade, the ruling party will welcome him as the country’s most popular foreign politician with a rally that underscores Serbia’s conflicted approach to joining the European Union. President Aleksandar Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party, which is itself facing anti-government protests, is mobilizing thousands of its members in the capital on Thursday […]

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Serbian Protesters Commemorate Kosovo Politician’s Murder (Balkan Insight)

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Serbs who have been protesting against the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic for the past six weeks on Wednesday marked the first anniversary of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic’s murder. Thousands of Serbs gathered in the capital, Belgrade, on Wednesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, […]

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Kosovo’s EU Visa Liberalisation Hopes Dwindle in 2019 (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/01/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo’s EU Visa Liberalisation Hopes Dwindle in 2019 (Balkan Insight)

The challenges that await the European Union in 2019 will likely again delay Kosovo’s hopes of obtaining a visa-free regime, and keep its citizens waiting in long lines at embassies’ doors, experts warn. They add that yet another delay in getting visa liberalisation will further damage the EU’s battered reputation in Kosovo – once the […]

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Bombs and Bullets: Fear and Loathing in North Kosovo (BIRN)

By   /  16/01/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Bombs and Bullets: Fear and Loathing in North Kosovo (BIRN)

A year after the murder of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, a slew of gun and bomb attacks in Kosovo’s lawless north remain unsolved. First, they blew up his car. They torched his party’s headquarters. Someone broke into his home and threatened his wife. Then they blew up his car again. “They did everything they […]

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Hague Prosecution Grills Ex-KLA Commander as ‘Suspect Witness’ (Balkan Insight)

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Former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Rrustem Mustafa said after being interviewed in The Hague that he had been asked ‘very serious questions’ after being invited as a ‘suspect witness’. After a nine-hour interview at the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague, former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Rrustem Mustafa told the media on Tuesday that he […]

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Decades On, Kosovo Massacre Village Awaits Justice (Balkan Insight)

By   /  15/01/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Decades On, Kosovo Massacre Village Awaits Justice (Balkan Insight)

Bilall Avdiu takes his steps gently in a narrow lane of the Kosovo village of Reçak/Racak, revisiting the place where Serbian forces caught and nearly killed him two decades ago. The 72-year-old miraculously escaped death in a crowd of others on January 15, 1999, when Serbian forces entered the village and killed 44 of his […]

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