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Belgarde Media Report 9 May

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• Vucic: After Putin’s statement, our situation has changed for the worse (B92)
• Serbia’s goal to enter EU as soon as possible (Tanjug/Politika)
• Brnabic meets with Borrell (Tanjug/RTS)
• Selakovic: Serbia seeks sustained partnership with US (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Selakovic thanks Brazil for support on Kosovo and Metohija issue (Politika/Tanjug)
• Selakovic: We must fight together for Serbia to pass less damaged through unfavorable times (RTS)
• Stefanovic: EU is where Serbia sees its place (Tanjug)
• Joksimovic: Non-introduction of sanctions against Russia will not stop EU path, but will slow us down (RTS)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: The West is putting incredible pressure on Serbia (Politika)
• On what kind of faith are foreign troops in B&H facing (Politika)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ambassador Kalabukhov writes editorial on occasion of Victory Day (Glas Srpske)
• RS government’s report to UN SC states that RS categorically rejects violence and fully accepts European values of democracy and rule of law built into DPA (ATV)
• Media on second part of 27th report sent by RS government to UN SC: There is orchestrated campaign aimed at strengthening of foreign intervention in B&H (ATV)
• Dzaferovic: If there is no European action, then way is opened for Russian influence, and we do not want that (Nova BH)
• Dodik on Dzaferovic’s statement on B&H and Ukraine: B&H is destabilized by Muslims helped by several Western embassies, while everything else is product of Dzaferovic’s fantasy; other reactions (ATV)
• Podzic: Scenario in which Dodik causes conflict in B&H with help of Putin is possible, but other countries like Moldova and Georgia are in much worse position (Oslobodjenje)
• Covic announces new attempt at agreement on changes to Election Law; Izetbegovic thinks it will be in vain (Nova BH)
• Sattler says problems must be solved in B&H parliament, calls politicians to respect existing Election Law of B&H (BHT1)
• Kofod welcomes decision to hold elections in October (FTV)
• Arnautovic threatens Dodik and Covic’s nominations will not be verified if Schmidt states before UN SC that they violate B&H Constitution and DPA (FACE TV/FTV)
• Komsic says Milanovic’s activities cannot be called friendly or good-neighborly policy (Hayat)
• Plenkovic says rights of Croats as one of constituent people in B&H are currently jeopardized (Dnevni list)
• SDA’s Izetbegovic confirms that he expects another EU mediation attempt to change B&H Election Law soon, but says it will not yield results in current circumstances (HRT)
• Milanovic says HDZ B&H’s announcement on third entity in B&H is extreme, but that he will have to support it (N1)
• President of SDP of Croatia Grbin says SDP supports admission of Finland and Sweden to NATO, confirms SDP of Croatia would not support Covic’s idea on territorial reorganization of B&H (Jutarnji list)
• Plenkovic visits Ukraine, visits Kyiv, meets with Zelensky (TCN)
• Plenkovic: Croatia admires resistance of Ukrainian people (Hina)
• Bozinovic comments on case of Croatian national taken prisoner in Ukraine (Hina)
• Djukanovic: We are facing difficult time, time of strategic decisions, Montenegro is determined to regain reform enthusiasm (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Kovacevski calls on EU to finally keep its promise an allow Macedonia to open its accession talks (Republika)
• Xhaferi calls on Bulgaria to lift its veto (Republika)
• Byrnes wants to see Macedonia join EU as soon as possible, says strategic partnership with the US is no substitute (Republika)
• Kovacevski refuses to discuss holding early elections – I will not accept blackmail from VMRO-DPMNE (Republika)
• Rama: Our continent celebrates today under the sign of Ukraine (Radio Tirana)
• Open Balkans agreement, Minister Krifca receives counterpart from the Republic of Northern Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 9, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Szunyog: The future of Kosovo is in the European Union (media)
• On Europe Day, Kurti calls for accelerated EU integration (media)
• Kosovo and Israel deepen cooperation, sign three MoUs (media)
• Kosovo civil society sends open letter to Macron on visa liberalisation (media)
• Montenegro authorities find no basis for prosecution of Kosovo ambassador (Express)
• Prices in March were 10% higher than last year, only in February the increase was 2.7% (ekonomia)
• COVID-19: Two new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Serbia under pressure over Kosovo after Putin statement (N1)
• Serbian opposition parties on Vucic’s address on Friday (Danas)
• Serbs from Kosovo on Vucic’s address on Friday (Danas)
• Serbian List reacts to Trajkovic, Jaksic, Bogdanovic statements on Vucic (Kosovo-online)
• Kharchenko: The West brutally arm-twisting Serbia; position on Kosovo the same (NMagazin, N1, Beta, Politika)
• Serbian Patriarch meets US Ambassador: Peace and dialogue most important (N1)
• Brnabic: Our objective is to join EU – the sooner, the better (Tanjug)
• “Adding fuel to the fire with the list of Serbs suspected of overthrowing the constitutional order” (KiM radio)


• Sexism, hate speech and misogyny are most present in the Western Balkan media (NMagazin, Beta)
• For Refugees on Serbia-Hungary Border, ‘the Game’ Goes on (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 9, 2022

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• Hovenier: Kosovo to be constructively engaged in dialogue (Klan)
• Opposition calls on Kurti to report to Assembly on Berlin dinner (Koha)
• Joseph: Berlin meeting will not change dialogue dynamics a great deal (KP)
• In U.S., Kurti meets head of MCC (media)
• Osmani: Kosovo has stood on the side of allies defending democratic values (media)
• President Osmani meets President of Costa Rica as he assumes office (media)
• Kosovo moving toward CoE membership (RTK)
• Vucic Threatens ‘Strong’ Response if Kosovo Applies for CoE Membership (Exit News)
• Kurti condemns bombing of school in Ukraine (media)
• Kosovo and Israel to sign first ever MoU (media)
• Kosovo stands to secure sufficient wheat for this year’s needs (KP/media)
• COVID-19: Six new cases (media)

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