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The Truth behind the Myth of Russia ‘Threatened’ by NATO

Defence and deterrence, not destruction

A woman holds a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a pro-Russian protest in Belgrade, Serbia, 15 April 2022. Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC.

Has NATO ever posed a real threat to Russia?

Serbia, Kosovo Agree ‘Road Map’ to Energy Dispute Solution

The EU's envoy for Serbia-Kosovo dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, announced on Tuesday that Belgrade and Pristina have agreed to a 'road map' to further implement energy agreements made in 2013 and 2015.

Lajcak said that Belgrade and Pristina's negotiators adopted the Energy Agreements Implementation Roadmap, and described this as "a major step forward".

Brnabic on Hrkalovic's accusations: When the institutions do their job, I'll do mine

She stated that it was the job of the prosecution.
"It used to be that the parties decide who will be arrested, convicted and blackmailed. The SNS is not that party, but a party that is here to build institutions of the Republic of Serbia and implement reforms in the field of rule of law," Brnabic said.

The Implementation Roadmap on Energy Agreements adopted

"Very pleased to announce that Kosovo and Serbia just adopted the Energy Agreements' Implementation Roadmap in the framework of the EU-facilitated Dialogue. This is a major step forward", Miroslav Lajk stated on Twitter.

Critical Voices in the Balkans Still Feel the Heat

Threats, insults and gender-based violence draw little response

Threats to journalist safety remain one of the greatest challenges to media freedom in the Balkans.

In the online environment, this issue is only exacerbated, as demonstrated by the cases BIRN has documented in the reporting period.

Serbian Minister Accused of Accessing Wiretaps of President’s Calls

Officials from Serbia's ruling Serbian Progressive Party on Monday called for an investigation into Defence Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic after a former Interior Ministry official, Dijana Hrkalovic, who is currently on trial for alleged influence-peddling, accused him of gaining access to transcripts of covertly-recorded phonecalls involving President Aleksandar Vucic.

Who put "mutual recognition" in the report? He did

Namely, the report calls on Serbia and Kosovo to reach an agreement on the normalization of relations "based on mutual recognition". Part of the sentence on mutual recognition was not in the draft report, but was added through an amendment submitted by Lucas Mandl, a member of the European People's Party (EPP).

Bulgarian TV Crew Attacked in Serbia Working on Pollution Story

A TV crew of the "Traces Remain" investigative show of Bulgarian National Television, BNT, were attacked on Tuesday, June 14, on a road in front of the Podvirovi mine near Bosilegrad in southeast Serbia, Safejournalists organization reported on Wednesday.

The journalists came to Serbia to do a story about environmental pollution in the border area in the municipality of Bosilegrad.

Refugee Bombing Case Highlights Serbia and Croatia’s Enduring Antagonism

The man identified in court in The Hague as Witness 56 was a Serb policeman in the Croatian town of Knin between May 1994 and August 5, 1995. That was the date when he left the country, along with around 200,000 other Serbs, as the Croatian Army crushed Serb rebel forces during Operation Storm.

Open Balkans Shows No Sign of Delivering Promised Freedoms

The Open Balkans initiative members held another meeting last week in Ohrid, North Macedonia.

Representatives of Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia signed another set of documents - an agreement on recognition of diplomas and three memoranda of understanding on various topics.

Rama sided with Serbia: "You have to understand, Serbia has special ties with Russia"

"You have to understand that Serbia is in a very different position compared to many others, because of its history, because of its special ties with Russia," Rama said.
He stated that he believes that Serbia should impose sanctions in time, but warned that Belgrade, which is largely dependent on Moscow for energy supplies, should not be pressured to do too much too soon.

Serbia Leader Scorns EU Call for Mutual Recognition with Kosovo

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic criticized Tuesday's European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, AFET, report that urged mutual recognition between Serbia and Kosovo, and also called for Serbia to "urgently align with the EU's decisions against Russia".

Open Balkan(s) is Not Just Unwise. It’s Dangerous

It's always a good idea to come to the fresh air and crystalline waters of Lake Ohrid, one of the most beautiful places in Europe.  Unfortunately, the reason for last week's gathering of leaders from the region - 'Open Balkan' - is not a good idea. In fact, it's not even a good name.

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