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Belgrade Media Report 30 May

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• Vucic: Good deal arranged with Putin (Beta/Politika/RTS)
• Providing sufficient quantities of energy, food set as state priority (Politika)
• Serbia’s position in accordance with international law (RTS)
• Mihajlovic: Serbia should do everything to join EU (Politika)
• Vulin: Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia (Beta)
• Differences in Western Balkans should be resolved through agreement, compromise (RTV/Tanjug)
• Support for Serbia confirmed during NATO PA spring session (RTV/Tanjug)
• Sormaz: Pristina not implementing Brussels agreement’s provisions (Tanjug)
• Improving cooperation with Montenegro in field of tourism (RTS/Tanjug)
• Djilas: Serbia’s best interest is following EU policy and avoiding isolation (TV Prva/Beta)
• Cochard: We believe in Serbia’s EU future, to continue with harmonization (Tanjug/RTV)
• Mexican Ambassador to Serbia: Mexico has an explicitly clear position in favor of respecting integrity and sovereignty of Serbia over Kosovo and Metohija (Politika)
• CRTA: Most of the votes in Bujanovac to list Coalition of Albanians (RTV/Tanjug/Klan Kosova)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: RS supports intent of Serbia judiciary to legally process war crimes of Croatian military (N1)
• Dodik: B&H Presidency did not take a position on the announcement of the Russian Embassy (RTRS/ATV)
• Tegeltija: No sanctions for Russia (RTRS/Nezavisne)
• Turkovic: Secession in B&H has begun (Corriere della Sera/Nova BH)
• Cvijanovic: Unitarization and Bosniak domination are goals of policy that Turkovic belongs to (RTRS)
• Reactions to B&H CC decision annulling RS pariament conclusions (BN TV)
• Politicians react to decision of Constitutional Court of B&H which determined that HDZ B&H’s proposal does not threaten Vital National Interest of Bosniaks (Nova BH)
• Covic holds press conference: We will not falter under pressure of foreigners to violate procedures (N1)
• Milanovic: European Delegation in Sarajevo is threatening Croat side (HRT1)
• Plenkovic: Government will do its best to protect indicted air force pilots (Hina)
• Five Croatian diplomats in Russia declared personae non gratae; Croatia’s Ministry says expulsion of diplomats from Moscow illegitimate (Hina)
• Montenegrin and Croatian FMs push for resolving open issues as good neighbours (Hina)
• Kosovo hopes Croatia will support its bid to join EUSAIR (Hina)
• Djukanovic and Erdogan discuss developments in Europe, situation in WB and SEE (CdM)
• At the Open Balkans meeting, Abazovic mustn’t take on any responsibility on behalf of the state (Pobjeda)
• Ibrahimovic: Open Balkans does not have my or the blank support of the Bosniak Party (CdM)
• Grlic Radman: Open Balkans does not have the operational capabilities of the Berlin Process (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Nikoloski urges citizens to join 18 June protest for early parliamentary elections and a way out of the crisis (Republika)
• VMRO-DPMNE to file non-confidence motion against Xhaferi today, Besa will support it, AA hasn’t stated its position yet (Republika)
• Bisera Kostadinovska Stojcevska: Open Balkans countries are working on establishing a joint film fund to which co-productions initiated by the three countries will apply (Republika)
• Osmani: Freedom of Macedonia is defended in Ukraine (MNTA)
• The EU Ambassador has high hopes for the start of negotiations (Republika)
• Former president Bujar Nishani passes away at 55 (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 30, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani in Montenegro for South-eastern Europe Democracy Summit (media)
• De Riu: Dialogue, historic opportunity to turn the page; visa liberalisation overdue (Ansa/Klan)
• Miroslav Lajcak outlines his position on the Open Balkans (Reporteri)
• Meeting of Steering Committee on UN Framework for Sustainable Development Cooperation held (RTK)
• American Chamber of Commerce reiterates concern over withdrawal of pension savings (EO)
• Head of Kosovo Insurance Bureau meets Serbian counterpart (Zeri/Kosovapress)
• State Department confirms it has denied entry to some Afghans in Kosovo (RFE)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: I agreed with Putin favourable gas price for Serbia (N1)
• Brnabic on sanctions against Russia, territorial integrity (N1, media)
• Djuric: Serbia continues to foster its partnership with US (Kosovo Online)
• Bartolome: Spain respects territorial integrity of Serbia and Ukraine (Kosovo Online)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: Position of Serbia not to introduce sanctions firm and unwavering (KosovoOnline)
• Media: Lavrov to visit Belgrade on June 7 (Tanjug)
• Petkovic on anniversary of Cernica murders (Radio kIM)
• Office for KiM: Serbian flag set on fire in Priluzje (Radio KIM)
• Klitschko denies making statements on Serbia and Kosovo (N1, media)
• Spain, Greece, Romania, and Slovakia have reaffirmed support for Serbia’s sovereignty (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic: The biggest problem for Albin Kurti is Vucic (Kosovo Online)
• Kommersant: Even after the gas agreement with Serbia, the issue of sanctions remain open (Beta, N1)
• Von Cramon: An honest conversation with Vucic, it is not good to be on Putin’s side (N1)
• 30th anniversary of UN Security Council sanctions on FRY (N1, Beta)


• Rejecting Gas, Kosovo Eyes US Funds for Renewable Energy (Balkan Insight)
• Serbian PM Denies Gas Deal With Russia Linked to Sanctions (Balkan Insight)


• The rise in prices astronomical in Kosovo (KiM radio, N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 30, 2022

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• Serbia ignores EU sanctions, secures gas deal with Putin (AP)
• Kosovo Prime Minister Kurti reacts after the Putin-Vucic agreement (media)
• Vela: How long will EU tolerate Serbia deepening cooperation with Russia (media)
• Kusari-Lila on gas deal: This is a well planned action of Serbia (media)
• Tahiri: American gas pipeline, the best response to Vucic-Putin gas deal (media)
• Kosovo to apply to NATO and EU, Kurti says (Koha)
• Varhelyi and Von Cramon in Belgrade to pressure Vucic about Kosovo (RTK)
• Kurti: Government expects greater commitment to prosecuting war crimes (media)
• Kosovo doesn’t change its stance, refuses next meeting of Open Balkan (euronews.al)
• Kosovo Hopes Croatia Will Support its Bid to Join EUSAIR (Total Croatia News)
• COVID-19: No new cases (media)

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