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Belgrade Media Report 31 May

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• Vucic sworn in as president (Tanjug/B92)
• Vucic meets with von Cramon (Tanjug/RTS)
• Von Cramon: EU best partner for diminishing of Russian influence (Tanjug)
• Lo Cascio: Serbia plays key role in protecting peace in WB (Beta/Politika)
• Serbia wants relations with Algeria to progress (RTV/Tanjug)
• Petkovic to Osmani: They know only about hate speech in Pristina (RTV/Tanjug)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: Serbia’s decision not to impose sanctions against Russia firm, unwavering (Beta/ TV Russia-24/TASS)
• Lajcak: EU needs to speed up integration of Western Balkans (FoNet)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Novakovic-Bursac: Banning Dodik’s candidacy would be drastic move that could justify the right of the RS bodies to conduct according to their will in the election process (ATV)
• Komsic submits request to B&H CC for constitutionality review of FB&H Constitution, RS Constitution; Requests provisions related to vital national interest to be declared unconstitutional (O Kanal)
• Vulic strongly criticizes Komsic’s motion for assessment of constitutionality of protection of vital national interest (Nezavisne)
• Popovic, Stevandic, Petkovic criticize Komsic’s motion on vital national interest as dangerous (Glas Srpske)
• RS opposition says ruling authorities have given up on transfer of competencies (BN TV)
• Dodik: Sarovic and Ivanic should answer Borenovic who cooperated with former HR Ashdown (RTRS)
• Zakharova criticizes Truss’ statement made during visit to B&H about malignant influence of Russia in Western Balkans (RTRS)
• Abazovic: When text of Fundamental Agreement with SPC is harmonized, it will be available to public (CdM)
• At the Open Balkans Summit as observers, EU is our goal (RTCG)
• Vucinic: The Open Balkans in Montenegro can be decided without the Parliament (RSE/Pobjeda)
• Djukanovic with Lajcak: Western Balkans in EU is a geostrategic investment in the stability of Europe (CdM)
• Abazovic and Lajcak: It is important that we achieve results, and more importantly that they be recognized (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski says EU perspective in foreseeable future is unfortunately over (Republika)
• Even the third round for election of President failed, Balla: SP will propose a name in the fourth round (Radio Tirana)
• From 1 June, Albania takes over the Presidency of the UN Security Council (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 31, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Hovenier: Kurti did meet the National Security Advisor at White House (media)
• Von Cramon urges Kosovo to make environmental protection a priority (media)
• AAK launches initiative for amendment of law on pensions (media)
• The EU and CoE support the establishment of the Confiscation Fund in Kosovo (media)
• Abdixhiku urges European People’s Party to support Kosovo joining CoE (media)
• Kosovo government explains what will happen to Afghans who have been denied entry to U.S. (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic sworn in for second term as president (N1)
• Vucic: Government by the end of July, we will have to deal with sanctions (N1)
• Serbia will not allow Kosovo to be part of EUSAIR (Hina, N1)
• Escobar hopes that Serbia will join sanctions against Russia after the formation of the government (NMagazin)
• Petkovic: ”Osmani does not miss the opportunity to attack Vucic because of his commitment to peace” (Radio Mitrovica sever)
• Osmani’s and Abazovic polemic about “Open Balkans” (KiM radio)
• Visoki Decani tag moved again from Google map, then returned (KiM radio, KoSSev)
• AP: Serbian president promises a European course, hints sanctions against Russia (Beta, Danas, N1)


• Serbia secures gas deal with Putin, as West boycotts Russia (AlJazeera)
• Putin, Vučić agree on new gas supply contract for Serbia (balkangreenenergynews.com)


• Help Wanted (Kosovo 2.0)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 31, 2022

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• At democracy summit, Osmani underlines NATO’s importance for region’s security (media)
• Osmani and Abazovic meet at sidelines of SEE Democracy Summit (media)
• Osmani urges EU to reflect: Vucic chooses to join war criminal, fund Putin’s war (media)
• Stano: EU expects Serbia not to further strengthen ties with Russia (RTK)
• Vela reacts to Petkovic’s statement on Osmani, Vucic (media)
• Von Cramon in Belgrade: Kosovo must be part of the EU (RTK)
• Decan Monastery: Six years since Kosovo is not respecting decision of Constitutional Court (media)
• Kosovo Detains Two ISIS Suspects Following Repatriation from Syria (BIRN)

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