Cavusoglu travels to Brussels to attend NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers’ Extraordinary Summit
NATO Secretary of State Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Brussels and the subsequent extraordinary convening of NATO on Afghanistan has brought changes to the programme of the NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was scheduled to meet today with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in Ankara, is heading to Brussels to attend the Euro-Atlantic Alliance summit in person, according to a statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The State Department said in a statement that Foreign Minister Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi...
Bulgaria: Misty landscape for the formation of a government
Following the publication in the State Gazette on Tuesday of the final results of the parliamentary elections and the names of the deputies elected to the Bulgarian National Assembly, President Rumen Radev issued a decree convening the 45th National Assembly on April 15. However, there are many questions about the possible consultations between the parties for the formation of the new government, while the possibility of new elections taking place it is not ruled out, despite the fact that at the moment it does not seem to be supported by most parties. The moderator of the developments is the TV presenter Slavi Trivonov, leader of...
Tensions rise at UN Security Council virtual meeting following quarrel over Kosovo symbols
The UN Security Council meeting was adjourned shortly after it began, after Russian envoy Dmitry Polyanskiy asked Pristina's representative to change or remove the Kosovo flag because, as he stressed, Kosovo is not a world-wide recognized state. "It is a territory, and eight members of the UN Security Council do not recognize Kosovo as a state," Polyanskiy said. He added that Russia does not oppose the participation of Kosovo representatives in the meeting and pointed to the fact that Pristina's representative is sitting in front of the Kosovo flag. Polyanskiy asked the Kosovo representative to "change the background or remove the flag" in order for...
Turkey, Libya issue joint statement following 1st High Level Strategic Cooperation Council
Turkey and Libya issued a joint statement after the 1st High Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting. As a result of 1st High Level Strategic Cooperation Council between the two countries held on 12 April 2021 in Ankara under the auspices of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity Libya Abdul Hamid Dabaiba, Turkey and Libya express their desire to strengthen their relations, which are based on the deep-rooted bonds of friendship and brotherhood, on the basis of mutual benefit, respect and equality, deepening and diversifying cooperation. They reaffirm the importance of maintaining sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and...
BiH: Stano assures EU seeks no border changes in the Western Balkans amid Slovenian non-paper allegations
The European Union's position on the Western Balkans and the borders in the region is very clear; there is nothing to change, European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said on Tuesday in a daily press briefing. To a question regarding the alleged non-paper that Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša reportedly sent to Brussels, which stipulates the redrawing of borders in the Western Balkans, the EC spokesperson said they were not aware of such document. He suggested that any question on this matter should be addressed either to the Slovenian partners or the European Council. Nonetheless, Stano said, the EU’s position on the Western Balkans and their...
Montenegro: Gov’t temporarily withdraws proposal for amendments to Law on Citizenship
The roadblock between Nikšić and Podgorica was lifted on Monday night after the Montenegrin government decided to temporarily withdraw the proposed reforms to the Law on Citizenship. These changes triggered the largest protests the Government of Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić has faced so far. Together with the government's crisis caused by the Prime Minister's request to remove Minister Vladimir Leposavić following his statement that he would "recognize the genocide in Srebrenica only when this is unequivocally proven," Montenegro has now entered a very unstable period that could affect the tourist season. Montenegro is a small country without large industrial companies, which depends on the success...
Cyprus: Tatar announces two-state solution will be submitted in Geneva
"The form of solution to the Cyprus issue, on the basis of sovereign equality, of two states that will coexist side by side, was first introduced by 'President' Tatar and is a new thought and a new position," the Turkish-Cypriot 'Presidency' said in a statement. "Our solution proposal will also be put on the table at the informal meeting in Geneva. If Mr. Erhurman (leader of the Republican Turkish Party) does not know whether this proposal is new or not, it is because of his own ignorance. Our advice to him is to read about the Cyprus issue and the various negotiations to date," the...
Bulgaria is a sovereign state and doesn’t take orders, says Zaharieva amid espionage rumors
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva shut down allegations made by the Russian Ambassador, who claimed that Bulgaria submitted to its bosses regarding the recent spy case. Russia's ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova, called upon to comment on Monday afternoon on a recent espionage scandal for Russia by Bulgarian military intelligence officials and the deportation of two Russian diplomats by Bulgarian authorities, stated the following: "Obviously, Bulgaria had to show its loyalty to the bosses. Unfortunately, this is the level of such scandalous cases, it is surreal. That is why there are clear countermeasures in diplomacy and your own diplomats will leave Moscow. However, no one...
Greece: Kosovo’s recognition a possibility, say media in Pristina
Greece could recognize Kosovo; Phillips and Serwer are convinced that Athens will come under pressure from Brussels David Phillips and Daniel Serwer, foreign policy experts, do not expect the five EU countries that have not recognized Kosovo to change their positions, except for Greece. Media reports in Pristina claim that Greece could recognize Kosovo's independence. Phillips and Serwer also believe that the position of the five EU member states should be reconsidered Belgrade and Pristina wrap up their dialogue. Phillips and Serwer told RTV Dukagjini that Greece was likely to change its non-recognition stance against Kosovo. "Greece will probably recognize Kosovo. The wall created by...
Kosovo: EU and US will pressure Kurti to engage in dialogue, says Caplan
The European Union and the United States will press Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti to enter into an unconditional dialogue with Serbia, Richard Caplan, professor of international relations at Oxford University, told Radio Free Europe. He also appeared pessimistic about the dialogue yielding results any time soon, due to the current position of the parties. He added that based on the current situation, there is a possibility that the dialogue will last indefinitely, as in the case of Cyprus or between Israelis and Palestinians. "The question is whether there will be dialogue. I believe that there is pressure on (Kosovo Prime Minister Albin) Kurti and...