Serbia: Vučić-Lavrov to discuss Washington’s initiative
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is visiting Belgrade today for talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. Ahead of today's meeting with President Vučić and his counterpart, Minister Ivica Dačić, Lavrov announced that the main topic of discussion would be Washington's proposal to meet with the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo at the White House in late June. As Lavrov said yesterday from Moscow, he expects to discuss specifically how the Serbian leadership sees the practical steps taken by the countries that offer their services in the mediation for the continuation of the dialogue. "President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stressed, among other things, in meetings with...
Bulgaria: The country’s future depends heavily on BSP elections, Ninova says
The future of Bulgaria in the coming years depends largely on the choice of the Socialist Party (BSP), on what will happen with us, Socialist leader Cornelia Ninova told Bulgarian Television. She argued strongly that clear that the parallel state was in power, not in opposition. The resources are distributed there. "We are ready for early elections. We are looking for allies", Ninova stated, adding that they want the resignation of this government and much more. According to her, recent events prove that change is necessary and inevitable. The issue is not for them to leave, for us to take their place, the issue is...
Turkey: Cavusoglu, Albayrak and Fidan pay visit to Libya
Libya has warmly welcomed the Turkish delegation's visit to the country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj welcomed Mevlut Cavusoglu, Economy and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and the head of the National Intelligence Agency, Hakan FIdan, who visited Libya at the behest of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Our visit was warmly welcomed in Libya. The purpose of the visit is clear: to reiterate strongly that Turkey supports Libya. We also discussed how the two countries can improve their bilateral relations", Cavusoglu said. "As you know, we have signed a memorandum...
Greece: Mitsotakis and Ashkenazi discuss health crisis and imminent economic recession
On Wednesday morning, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accompanied by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, according to a statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry. According to the statement, the meeting, that took place in the context of the intergovernmental meeting between Israel and Greece that ended on Wednesday morning, revolved around strengthening the strong alliance with Greece and promoting common interests between the countries at bilateral and regional level. The Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister spoke about the importance of the Israel-Greece-Cyprus strategic triangle as a stabilizing factor in the Mediterranean basin. Foreign Minister Ashkenazi noted that...
Tsipras, Kotzias, Zaev and Dimitrov post messages in celebration of two-year anniversary of the Prespa Agreement
Τwo years after the signing of the Prespa Agreement, the protagonists of the historic Agreement, Zoran Zaev, Alexis Tsipras, Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov, took to social media to celebrate the milestone. Former Prime Minister and President of SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras, in a post on his personal Facebook page, celebrated the second anniversary of the Prespa Agreement. "Two years ago we met in Prespa which, in the course of history, victorious and defeated, triumphant and tragic heroes have crossed. We have addressed our peoples, the people of the Balkans, who have fought for their freedom but have been tortured and are still being tortured by...
BiH: Una-Sana Canton PM receives unpleasant letter from EU
The European Union (EU) could reconsider its assistance in managing migratory flows in Bosnia and Herzegovina if the local authorities fail to respect the rule of law and human rights on the migration issue, the European Commission's senior official stresses in response to the leader of the government in the Una-Sana Canton, the north western region of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) which has been affected the most by the migrant crisis, as N1 TV reports. “I deeply regret the actions your government has undertaken in the past few months, including threatening to close down reception centres, obstructing the work of our humanitarian partners, forcibly relocating...
Croatia: Michel thanks Plenković on dedicated work during Croatian Presidency
European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday thanked Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković for his dedicated work during Croatia's six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. Michel sent a letter to the member states' leaders, inviting them to a summit to be held via video link on Friday, and the last European Council meeting to be held during the Croatian presidency. "We will... begin our meeting with a short presentation by Prime Minister Plenković on the results of the Croatian Presidency of the Council. I would like to thank him very warmly for his hard work and dedication at a particularly challenging time."...
Montenegro: Tensions in the city of Budva rise, several officials arrested
Dismissed president of the Municipality of Budva Marko Carević, alongside dismissed head of the Municipal Assembly of Budva Krsto Radović, were arrested this morning in front of the Municipality building. The Police also arrested several other people for obstructing officers in performing their duties. The Police previously tried to take the inspector of the Administration for inspection into the municipal building, where they were welcomed by Carević and Radović. According to some reports, the manager of the Municipality of Budva Milo Božović, the secretary for investments Mladen Mikijelj, the head of Carević's cabinet Nikola Jovanović, as well as Đorđe Vujović, Carević's advisor, have also been...
Romania: State of alert receives 30-day extension – New measures to further ease restrictions
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Tuesday that a unanimous decision had been adopted by the National Committee for Special Emergency Situations to extend the state of emergency throughout the country for a period of 30 days, starting June 17, 2020. New relaxation measures were also introduced. "Since yesterday we have recorded 166 new cases; today we had 250 new cases, 10 deaths since yesterday and more than 4,500 cases of active infections, and in this context we have decided to extend the alert for an additional 30 days", said Health Minister Nelu Tataru in a press conference at the Government House (Victoria Palace). "At...
Slovenia, Germany and Portugal are the next “Trio Presidency”
For the period from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2021, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia will form a so-called trio presidency of the Council of the European Union. Back in 2007-08, the three EU Member States formed the first trio in EU history. Each trio presidency draws up a joint draft programme for the trio period in cooperation with the Council President, the Commission and - in the area of EU external relations - with the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (“18-month Programme of the Council”, or “Trio Programme” for short). On 16 June 2020, the General Affairs Council will hold a...