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Ukraine would like to close Bosporus for Russian vessels

This has been stated by the Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Igor Voronchenko.

"In line with the Montreal Convention and its paragraph 19, we will seek the closure of the Bosphorus in Turkey in order to force the Russians to understand what constitutes a violation of international law," Voronchenko said, according to TASS.

EP Resolutions Press Balkan Hopefuls to Continue Reforms

European Parliamentarians adopted country resolutions on Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania on Thursday, underlining that each one must improve its results on issues related to judiciary and media freedom. 

Merkel tells Pristina: End "war" with Serbia

Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Germany has "zero understanding" for Pristina imposing a 100 percent tax on products from central Serbia.

He also told Bloomberg agency that Germany "would have preferred Serbia to allow Kosovo to join Interpol."

"We hope that both sides quickly return to dialogue," Seibert said.

President: It's clear, negotiations are "ad acta"

Asked by a journalist about Haradinaj's claim he is ready to recognize Kosovo in exchange for a part of its territory, Vucic asked "what he should say at all, and whether he had any need to deny these allegations made in the text, which has no particular weight, except to insinuate something about the relationship between Serbia and Russia."

EP adopts resolution on Serbia

It has been stated that it is crucial that tangible results are achieved in judicial reform, anti-corruption and media freedoms.

The European Parliament has also adopted six of the eight proposed amendments to the document compiled by European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister.

Vucic: We don't have control over one inch of Kosmet

"Our situation is not easy at all, when you depend on the will of Pristina and whether they will respect the law or not. If someone behaves unjustly, your possibilities of acting are limited," said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at the opening of a factory in Zrenjanin.

"Arrested Serbs are connected to Ivanovic murder"

The Pristina newspaper says that Nedeljko Spasojevic, one of the suspects, allowed other members of the group to leave the crime scene using a police car.

Koha Ditore writes that evidence was found on three Serbs arrested by Rosz linking them wih a fourth person connected to Ivanovic's murder.

EU foreign policy chief tells Thaci tax needs to be revoked

Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, and Thaci "reviewed the latest developments in the context of the EU facilitated Dialogue for normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia."

Lebanon supports Serbia's territorial integrity

Serbia's first deputy PM and foreign minister said this after his talks in Belgrade with Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil, the government announced.

"Balanced budget, wage and pensions increase, investments"

This would improve the living standard of citizens, and more public investments, which would contribute to economic growth and a higher employment rate, Mali said, Beta agency reported.

"Pen is not tool Haradinaj uses best"

The Kosovo prime minister wrote the article published in the US daily, where he presented a series of accusations against Serbia, and claimed that the Serbian president, with Russia's support, was offering Kosovo independence in exchange for a part of Kosovo's territory.

Kosovo-Serbia Standoff Will Likely Ease, Experts Say

As a crisis over Kosovo's import tax hikes continues in Serb-majority northern Kosovo, a former Serbian Minister for Kosovo, Goran Bogdanovic, says that he expects a "status quo" to settle in before the import taxes on Serbian products are scrapped.

"I believe that this decision [to raise taxes on Serbian imports] will be revoked very soon," Boganovic told BIRN.

Pristina's latest moves "aimed at provoking fire of war"

Djuric told an unscheduled press conference on Wednesday in Belgrade said that Serbia is calling on the EU and the entire international community to "make Pristina see reason without delay."

NATO commander warns Kosovo it could face isolation

Foggo, who serves as commander of US Naval Forces Europe and commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, has commented on Pristina's recent move.

"What is really intended to be achieved by that tax?," Foggo asked after a ceremony in Pristina when Lorenzo D'Adario took over from Salvatore Cuocci as KFOR commander, Pristina-based daily Gazeta Express is reporting on Wednesday.

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