Balkans

GRISCY Is The US’ Key To Containing Multipolarity In The Eastern Mediterranean

The US’ strengthening of its energy and security partnerships with the emerging strategic axis of Greece, “Israel”, and Cyprus (GRISCY) through the proposed “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act” will contribute to containing multipolarity in the region by working against the interests of Turkey, Russia, and even China. The […]

Russia’s Recognition Of “North Macedonia” Is Part Of The “New Balkans” Plan

Russia’s recognition of “North Macedonia” disappointed many activists in what Moscow would have otherwise continued to regard as the Republic of Macedonia per its constitutionally legitimate name, but this purely political move shouldn’t have been all that unexpected in hindsight because it correlates with speculation that Moscow plans to take […]

Russia Might Return To The Balkans In A Big (But Controversial) Way

The highly influential and well-connected Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) is proposing that Moscow organize a multilateral conference to re-divide the Balkans along ethnic lines, which would advance the controversial proposal made by former British diplomat Timothy Less in late 2016 but might also inadvertently open up Pandora’s Box, though […]

Russia Attempts to Mend Energy Ties Between Turkey and Greece – But Israel Has Other Ideas

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Among other issues discussed were plans to connect the Turkstream pipeline (a Russo-Turkish cooperative endeavour) to Greece and beyond the Balkans, to a pipeline leading from Greece into Italy. Putin further hinted at a standing offer to mediate […]

Don’t Overestimate The Russian-Serbian Strategic Partnership

Russia’s relations with Serbia are excellent, but overestimating their potential might unwittingly generate very high but false hopes about their future, especially as it relates to the ultra-controversial topic of “recognizing” Kosovo.   The Russian-Serbian Strategic Partnership is stronger than at any time in history, with the range of their […]

Vucic Is Trying To Use “Reverse-Psychology” To “Legitimize” Selling Out Kosovo

Merkel doesn’t really care whether Kosovo is partitioned or not, but by framing his actions as going against the German Chancellor’s position, Vucic is employing “reverse-psychology” in a bid to exploit Serbs’ predisposition to opposing Berlin on principle, which he consequently hopes will shore up support for his unpopular plan […]

Racist Mob Gathers in Kosovo and Metohija to Burn Turkish Flag

Earlier this week the Kosovar Deputy Foreign Minister, Gjergj Dedaj came under fire after slamming both Turkey and Serbia as “dirty invaders”. This inflammatory statement has lead to minority factions in the Pristina parliament to call for Dedaj’s immediate resignation while officials in both Belgrade and Ankara have condemned the provocation. […]