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Belgrade Media Report, 27 May 2022

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 27 May 2022


• Vucic to talk to Putin about gas, cooperation on 29 May (Beta/RTS/Tanjug/Politika/Novosti)
• Vulin responded to Klichko: Who compares Kosovo and Metohija and Donbass should go all the way in comparison (RTV/RTS)
• Djilas’ party blasts Klichko over Kosovo statement (Beta)
• Mihajlovic, Friedman on cooperation in energy, including nuclear (Beta/Politika)
• Varhelyi: EU should step up engagement in Western Balkans (N1)
• National Convention on EU condemns minister’s hate speech against Albanians (Politika/Beta)
• Serbian-Albanian festival “Miredita, Good Day” interrupted die to bomb threat (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Bevanda removes decision on financing elections from session of B&H CoM; B&H CoM adopts draft law on budget of B&H institutions and international obligations (O Kanal)
• Rancic: There are no legal obstacles to allocating funds for financing elections without adopting budget of B&H for 2022 (O Kanal)
• Tegeltija certain that B&H CoM has capacity to adopt B&H Budget by June 10 (RTRS)
• OHR: There are no obstacles to B&H Council of Ministers approving funds for elections; EU Delegation, US Embassy and USAID also reacted (O Kanal)
• Izetbegovic comments on his conversation with Schmidt: I think he has already made decisions but has not announced them yet (O Kanal)
• Schmidt: Solution for electoral reform must come from local politicians but I will not hesitate to use Bonn powers if state and its structures are endangered (Nezavisne)
• Izetbegovic: By insisting on legitimate representatives of constituent peoples, HDZ B&H has been attempting to limit strength of multiple times stronger pro-Bosnian bloc and multiethnic factor that has stronger support than HNS (Hayat)
• Truss meets Turkovic; Truss: UK has been attempting to reduce influence of Russia in Western Balkans (Hayat)
• Truss meets with B&H Presidency members; Dodik: RS’ position is that foreigners cannot regulate relations in B&H; RS does not accept artificially imposed HR (RTRS)
• Dzaferovic: Truss sent the strongest messages of support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of B&H (BHT1)
• Russian Embassy in B&H comments on Dzaferovic’s stances: Accession of any country to Alliance implies absolute support for NATO’s military and political goals, i.e. anti-Russian steps (BHT1)
• Russian government accepts proposal to open branch office of Russian Embassy in Banja Luka (Nezavisne)
• Russia says disappointed with Croatia’s hostile behaviour (Hina)
• Jandrokovic reassures Ukrainian official of Croatia’s continuing support (Hina)
• Djurovic: If Open Balkans would stop Montenegro’s European path, we wouldn’t be part of that initiative (CdM)
• Montenegro belongs to the European family (RTCG)
• Radulovic: Djukanovic showed in Kosovo that Montenegrins are not alone (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Vasilevska: There is organized chaos in the parliament, well directed by Xhaferi (Republika)
• Micevski: VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs to file non-confidence motion against Xhaferi (Republika)
• Aziri: AA to decide whether it will support VMRO-DPMNE’s non-confidence motion against Xhaferi (Alsat TV)
• Petkov gathers coalition partners to confirm veto on Macedonia (BNR)
• Osmani visits Ukraine (Republika)
• European Parliament: Albania’s foreign policy, fully in line with that of the EU, contribution to European security (Radio Tirana)
• Albanian government approves protocols for NATO membership of Finland and Sweden (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 27, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 27, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Dialogue with Serbia to end in mutual recognition (EO)
• Hovenier reacts to Russian foreign minister’s statement on Recak (media)
• EU and Kosovo sign IPA Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (media)
• Kurti underlines importance of Switzerland’s support for Kosovo (albinfo.ch/media)
• Kusari-Lila to opposition: The state does not collapse because you lost power (media)
• COVID-19: 4 new cases (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic to meet with von Cramon on Monday (Tanjug, media)
• Varhelyi: EU should step up engagement in Western Balkans (N1)
• Jeremic: If Vucic imposes sanctions on Russia it will move Serbia from Europe even further (Danas)
• Vucic: We are preparing big things for Open Balkan countries (Tanjug)
• The Embassy of Ukraine on Klitschko’s statement on Kosovo (N1)


• Book Review: Conflict Resolution in the Shadow of Putin’s War (Balkan Insight)


• Women in Albanian Media: From Secondary Victimisation to ‘Slut-Shaming’ (Balkan Insight)
• Overlapping crises in the Western Balkans (brookings.edu)
• Guarantees of origin scheme ready to go live in Energy Community markets (greenenergynews.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 27, 2022

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• UK to invest $100 million in Western Balkans (Klan)
• Liz Truss warns Russian meddling could reignite conflict in Western Balkans (telegraph.co.uk)
• Lavrov: Events at Bucha, part of the same scheme as Recak (media)
• Kurti: The vote for Shaip Kamberi is a patriotic task (RTK)
• Abdixhiku: Kosovo needs a clear political project (media)
• Abazovic to go to Ohrid for the ‘Open Balkans’ Summit (media)
• ERO and U.S. Embassy discuss energy tariffs (media)
• IMF staff concludes visit to Kosovo (RTK)
• COVID-19: 9 new cases (media)

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