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Balkans Russia USA

Russia’s New Front In the Balkans Heats Up (Harun Karčić, The National Interest)

“If we falter, the Balkans will explode again,” warned the United Kingdom’s former Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Russia’s New Front In the Balkans Heats Up | The National Interest

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Balkans Europe

The Enlargement of the European Union to the Balkan Countries: An Opportunity for a Great Plan Between Russia and Europe (Dario Velo, Valdai Discussion Club)

The debate on the enlargement of the European Union to include the Balkan countries has begun. Some European leaders have taken a firm stance in favour of this enlargement.

A glance at a map of Europe is enough to allow one to grasp how two enclaves, a cluster of Balkan countries and Switzerland, stand out within European Union’s borders. Behind these anomalies are two different stories.

The Enlargement of the European Union to the Balkan Countrie: An Opportunity for a Great Plan Between Russia and Europe — Valdai Club

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Balkans

Bosnian Serb police drill seen as separatist ‘provocation’ (Al Jazeera)

Bosnia’s Serb police have held an “anti-terrorist” drill just outside the capital Sarajevo in a move seen by many as another provocation by the Serb separatist leadership.

The exercise on Friday was held in the ski resort at Mt Jahorina, the general area from where the Bosnian Serb military relentlessly shelled and sniped Sarajevo throughout Bosnia’s 1991-95 war. Thousands of Sarajevo citizens were killed or injured during the attacks.

Bosnian Serb police drill seen as separatist ‘provocation’ | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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Balkans China Europe Russia

As EU hopes fade, Russia, China fill voids across Western Balkans (Mersiha Gadzo, Al Jazeera)

With the prospect of Western Balkan nations joining the EU seen as a target moving further away, Russia and China will step up their efforts to fill voids in the region, analysts tell Al Jazeera.

Before the EU-Western Balkans summit last week, Slovenia, which currently chairs the EU presidency, urged the bloc to admit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Albania, by 2030.

As EU hopes fade, Russia, China fill voids across Western Balkans | European Union News | Al Jazeera

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Balkans Serbia USA

Western Balkan groups call for US engagement to counter Serbia (Al Jazeera)

Leaders and advocacy organisations from Albanian-American, Bosnian-American and Montenegrin-American communities have called on the US to commit to a stronger presence in the Western Balkans region amid “growing militancy of the government of Serbia”.

In an open letter published on Monday – addressed to the US Senate and House committees on foreign relations, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan – the signatories expressed alarm about what it called Serbia’s growing aggression towards Kosovo, but also increasingly towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.

Western Balkan groups call for US engagement to counter Serbia | Politics News | Al Jazeera