The first intergovernmental conference between Serbia and the EU has been set for 21 January. Earlier this week EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton said that Serbia had met all requirements for the opening of the EU accession negotiations. The status of the Kosovo region is the main stumbling block for Serbia’s EU ambitions. By now Belgrade and Pristine have already managed to resolve many of their disagreements but the final agreement is required for Serbia’s joining the EU. However the expert added that the talks on such an agreement can be beheld simultaneously with talks on Serbia’s joining the EU. Serbian political analyst Aleksandar Pavic discussed the issue in a interview with the Voice of Russia.
The Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Chepurin recently gave a speech at the Belgrade Academy for Diplomacy and Security in which he stated that Serbia joining NATO, an almost unbelievable development, would be a red line that in no way suits Russia. During his question and answer session with the students he also mentioned a second red line for Russia, namely that that nobody should pressure Serbia during EU negotiations and that any form of integration "must not interfere with the long tradition of cultural, economic, and political Russo-Serbian ties: because that is primarily in the interest of Serbia."
Kosovo voters cast ballots under a heavy police presence Sunday in round two of local elections seen as a test of stability in the troubled, Serb-majority north of the territory.
A municipal election is taking place in Kosovo on November 3. For the first time since 2008, when the interim Kosovo government unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia, the Serbs of Kosovo are expected to take an active part in the election. Even though during this election people are supposed to choose local authorities, it means a lot to the region and Serb communities as it will confirm Kosovo's status of an independent state and indicate definitive "amputation" of Kosovo Serbs from Serbia. Belgrade is practically giving them out in exchange for negotiations on joining the EU.
Voting began Sunday in the former Serbian province of Kosovo, in local elections that are an important test for both Kosovo and Serbia.
Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic has threatened to break off European Union-mediated normalization talks with Kosovo after the former province refused to allow him entry, the daily Politika said on Wednesday in its online edition.
Six Kosovo Albanians have been wounded in a shootout with Serbian police on the Serbia-Kosovo border, the France-Presse news agency reported Monday.
On Friday the Serbian people and Serbian Orthodox Christians celebrated Vidovdan their most important Holy Day. The Holy Day is celebrated on the 28th of June, according to the Gregorian Calendar, and on the 15th of June according to the Julian calendar. The Holy Day is also referred to as St. Vitus Day or the Feast of St. Vitus. It is important for many reasons. This year the capitulation of Kosovo has overshadowed the important date.
A group of Kosovo Albanians stoned buses carrying Serbs to the north of Kosovo after the celebration of Vidovdan. Several people were injured, reported Radio Kosovo and Metohija.
The information war and information operations by the West appear to have been geared up to full capacity in Serbia as the West tries to force the Serbian people into accepting the independence of Kosovo and European Union integration.
Kosovo's parliament on Thursday ratified the EU-brokered normalization agreement with Serbia, and police dispersed demonstrators protesting against the vote.
Kosovo greeted news that the European Union was prepared to open its door to the small Balkan country, along with Serbia, as a "milestone" on Wednesday.
The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo have taken "concrete progress" toward improving relations, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said early Friday, after talks in Brussels.
Russia hopes that the talks between Belgrade and Pristina with the mediation of the EU will lead to improving the situation of Serbs in Kosovo.
The European Union welcomed the definitive consent of Serbia and Kosovo to normalize relations, saying it took them a step closer to EU membership.
The government of Serbia has approved a plan to improve relations with Kosovo in line with the April 19 agreement, the government's press service said on Monday.
Russia supports Serbia in its talks on the Kosovo issue and hopes they will result in a viable and mutually acceptable solution based on the UN Resolution 1244, President Vladimir Putin stated after meeting with his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolić in the Black Sea city of Sochi Friday.
The meeting of Prime Ministers of Serbia, Kosovo and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, dedicated to implementation of the Brussels agreements, ended in the capital of Belgium without any tangible result on Tuesday.
On May 10th at 12:44 as many 10,000 Serbs from Kosovo and all over Serbia descended on Republic Square in Belgrade to protest the signing of a treaty with the self-declared independent republic of Kosovo. Amidst the continuing media blackout, which has existed for decades there was little if any news in the world’s media regarding the peaceful demonstration.