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Do Paris and Hague think South East Europe is Europe?

Kneissl told a press conference summarizing her country's foreign policy in 2018 that she was satisfied with the fact that during Vienna's EU presidency, new chapters were opened in Serbia's and Montenegro's EU accession negotiations.

More than 40,000 Albanians ready to leave Kosovo - report

Albanian language website indeksonline.net is reporting this.

According to the website, almost 40,000 people are currently waiting for the German embassy to reply to their applications to be granted working visas, so they can leave Kosovo as soon as possible.

Putin's decree awards Order of Alexander Nevsky to Vucic

This was announced on the Kremlin website on Monday, January 7.

"Aleksandar Vucic awarded for his great personal contribution to the development of multilateral cooperation with the Russian Federation," a press release said.

This is a top Russian accolade, given to a Serb for the first time in nearly 100 years.

"Let's open borders between Montenegro, Serbia, and RS"

The initiative by these two opposition politicians in Montenegro is addressed at Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Milorad Dodik.

Would Macedonian PM open border with Serbia and Bulgaria?

Rama previously said that "besides the border with Kosovo" he wants to also open Albania's borders with Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece.

Zaev stated on Thursday that he would "do the same, because it would benefit the region," the website Faktor.mk is reporting.

"I would immediately open all borders," the Macedonian PM is quoted as saying.

Serbian Church disagrees with Bartholomew's Ukraine move

The Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) dignitary, who is at the helm of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, added that after the latest decision of its head, Patriarch Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople was "absolutely no longer considered as the supreme church authority by the SPC."

Dacic talks to Pompeo at Brazilian president's inauguration

The Serbian Foreign Ministry (MFA) announced this on Wednesday, adding that during their brief conversation, Dacic informed Pompeo about the current state of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

Dacic also invited the US official to visit Serbia.

Montenegro gives passports in exchange for investment

The Montenegrin government's decision on "economic citizenship" came into force on Tuesday, Montenegro-based website CdM is reporting.

An investor can get Montenegrin citizenship in several ways, including by making an EUR 100,000 payment to the account set up to finance "less developed local community unit."

Serbia 56th in Forbes Best Countries for Business list

Slovenia (31) is the top-ranked former Yugoslav state, followed by Croatia (52), with Macedonia (68), Montenegro (72) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (98) ranked behind Serbia.

As for other countries in the region, Albania is in the 74th place, while Hungary ranks 40th, followed by Romania (41), Greece (42) and Bulgaria (46).

Merkel and Macron "demand release" of Ukrainian sailors

We demand safe, free and unimpeded transit for all ships through the Kerch Strait and the immediate and unconditional release of all illegally detained Ukrainian seafarers, Merkel and Macron said in a joint statement quoted by Reuters.

Russia last month seized the vessels and their crew, stressing that they had violated the country's territorial waters, which Ukraine denies.

Another protest announced for Saturday in Belgrade

The protest organizers announced this on Friday.

They said that the participants would walk from this location via Makedonska, Svetogorska, Takovska, and Kralja Milana streets to Slavija Square.

US blocks Israel's attempt to sell warplanes to Croatia?

Croatian website Index is reporting this, citing Barak Ravid's article published by Axios, who said this "practically killed" the USD 500 million arms deal.

Ravid - who was the first to report several weeks ago that US-Israeli talks on this issue had stalled - is now citing a high ranking Israeli official involved in the negotiations.

Dacic "wishes we never had common state with Montenegro"

First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic stated this, adding that it was also ridiculous to say that Montenegro was "not making anti-Serb decisions, but those its own interest."

"I suppose Djukanovic means Montenegrin interests, which is nice - because Serbia is also making decisions in its own interest," Dacic told Podgorica-based daily Dan.

Vucic: Blatant lie, nobody asked us to get involved in RS

"This is about a blatant lie. Nobody asked that of us, nor do we get involved in the internal affairs of BiH," the Serbian president said, adding:

"I'm wondering how this occurred to somebody. We are following the events in Banja Luka, we want everything to end peacefully. That's all I can say, everything else would be interfering."

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