Montenegro: Presence of OSCE observers confirms partnership cooperation with Montenegro, says Brajović
Today, the President of the Parliament of Montenegro, Ivan Brajović, received the Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Special Coordinator for the OSCE Short-Term Observation Mission for the Parliamentary Elections in Montenegro, Margareta Cederfelt. Brajović expressed satisfaction with the presence of the OSCE observers, which constitutes "yet another confirmation of the partnership cooperation with Montenegro". He emphasized that, even before the referendum on the restoration of independence, this organization supported the democratic processes and modernization of Montenegro, especially by developing meaningful cooperation with the Parliament. He emphasized that the parliamentary majority in this mandate worked intensively on the improvement of the election laws,...
Croatia: GDP expected to nosedive
The contraction of Croatia’s economy in the second quarter of 2020 is likely to be worse than its biggest decline during the global financial crisis, said Finance Minister Zdravko Marić on Wednesday, ahead of the release of the official data scheduled later this week. The national statistics office is expected to release the latest GDP figures on Friday. Responding to questions from the press, Marić said the government would present a new forecast for the whole year sometime in the first half of September. “We expect a drop, a bigger quarterly drop than the one that we had during the last financial crisis.  You can...
Romania: Aurescu heads to Berlin to attend Gymnich
Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu will take part in the informal Gymnich meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers in Berlin on 27-28 August 2020, according to a statement issued by the Romanian Foreign Ministry. The agenda of the discussions is broad and focuses on important EU foreign policy issues and, at the same time, is determined by recent developments in the Union 'neighborhood'. Therefore, the working meetings will deal with the situation in Belarus, the EU-Turkey relations, also within the context of tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, while also tapping on the EU-Russia relations. Ministers will also discuss the global geopolitical implications of the COVID-19 pandemic...
Turkey: Çavuşoğlu meets with Moldovan political and state leadership
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu paid a two-day visit to Moldova, where he had a series of contacts with the country's political and state leadership. The Turkish Foreign Minister had meetings both with his counterpart Oleg Țulea and working meetings with President Igor Dodon and Prime Minister Ion Chicu. Cavosoglu will also attend the official opening ceremony of the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Comrat on August 27. During Çavuşoğlu's meeting with Igor Dodon, the President of Moldova welcomed the presence of the Turkish Foreign Minister in the country, noting with satisfaction the growing bilateral relations between Moldova and Turkey in all...
Turkey: Erdogan and Trump speak over the phone
The Turkish president discussed on the phone bilateral relations and regional developments with his US counterpart on Wednesday, particularly regarding the Eastern Mediterranean. Recep Tayyip Erdogan reminded Donald Trump that Turkey is not the side that creates instability in the Eastern Mediterranean, according to a statement from the Turkish Communications Directorate. The Turkish President stressed that Turkey has shown with "concrete actions" that it wants to reduce tensions and start a dialogue on the issue. Greece has challenged Turkey's ongoing energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, trying to roll into Turkish maritime territory based on small islands off the Turkish coast. White House Deputy Spokesman...
Greece: Mitsotakis contacts Trump over the phone
US President Donald Trump called Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tonight to discuss the latest developments in the Southeastern Mediterranean, according to a statement from the Greek Prime Minister's Press Office. Kyriakos Mitsotakis thanked Mr. Trump for his interest and for the communication that took occurred while the Republican National Convention is in progress. The Prime Minister raised the issue of Turkey's destabilizing actions, which endanger peace and stability in the wider region and test NATO's cohesion. Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that Greece is ready to make a substantial contribution to the de-escalation, provided that Turkey immediately stops its provocative actions. /ibna
Vučić did not endorse Dodik’s ideas on Kosovo and Republika Srpska statuses
Republika Srpska’s highest-officials delegation did not get what they wanted from Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić, after meeting on Wednesday in Belgrade. Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik, RS president Željka Cvijanović and PM Radovan Višković, traveled to the Serbian capital to propose that the question of the Republika Srpska status in BiH be linked with the status of Kosovo. That is something Dodik expressed as a request during Vučić’s recent visit to Banja Luka. The idea triggered discussions and, despite warnings that it is impossible to link those two matters, Dodik kept the idea alive. "Why does Kosovo have the right to separate...
Montenegro: Development continues despite the crisis, states Marković
Even in times of crisis, Montenegro is growing and developing. Therefore, today, we have over 3,000 workers on construction sites across the country, said Prime Minister Duško Marković in an interview with TV Pljevlja. "The Government does not want to stop any investment. Investing in development is the best remedy for the economic crisis. We can save from other fronts; we have already saved € 6 million in the budget in six months on various bases, but we have not sacrificed a single euro from development projects. Every project is being realised, according to the dynamics possible under these conditions", said PM Marković. He reminded...
Erdogan: “Turkey has no plans involving the territory, sovereignty or interests of any other country”
"Turkey will make no concessions on what rightfully belongs to her" Turkey will take what it is hers in the Mediterranean, as well as in the Aegean and the Black Sea, the Turkish president said on Wednesday, speaking at a ceremony celebrating the Turkish military victory nearly a millennium ago, on the occasion of the 949th anniversary of the Manzikert battle in Eastern Turkey. "Turkey has no plans involving the territory, sovereignty or interests of any other country, but will never make concessions on what rightfully belongs to her", said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey calls on all parties to avoid any mistakes that...
EU: Pristina-Belgrade expert meetings to continue on Thursday in Brussels
The dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will continue tomorrow with expert meetings in Brussels, EU spokeswoman Nibala Masrali confirmed in Tanjug. The EU notes that this is "part of the process" in the context of the ongoing dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. "Following the summit in July, the dialogue continues with a series of expert-level meetings", Masrali explained. The last meeting of experts from Belgrade and Pristina took place on July 30th in Brussels, with the EU stating that experts would meet regularly to discuss issues raised by leaders at high-level political meetings. EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak announced a new...