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The US’s new Balkan envoy sought to inject energy into stalled negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo on a trip to Pristina that signals Washington’s increased assertiveness in a region where the EU and Russia are also fighting for influence.
Richard Grenell visited Kosovo on Wednesday in his first trip to the Balkans as an envoy tasked with clinching a deal between Pristina and Belgrade, which still does not recognise the independence of its former province.
His visit, which also includes meetings in Serbia on Thursday, signals more involvement by the White House, which named Mr Grenell, a close ally of US President Donald Trump, to the envoy position last week. He is already US ambassador to Germany.