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Serbia's president says Kosovo PM's resignation is a 'trick'

Jul. 20, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The surprise decision by Kosovo's prime minister to step down over a call for questioning from a Hague-based court has been slammed as a "political trick" by Serbia's president. Aleksandar Vucic said Saturday that Ramush Haradinaj's resignation the day before was designed to rally...

Kosovo PM resigns following Hague war crimes court summons

Jul. 19, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister resigned Friday after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Ramush Haradinaj said he agreed to be interviewed at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers next week and...

France's Macron vows to help restart Serbia-Kosovo talks

Jul. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Monday to help jumpstart stalled negotiations to resolve Serbia's independence dispute with former province Kosovo so a lasting solution can be found for the decades-long Balkan crisis. Macron, making the first visit to Serbia by a French...

Serbian defense minister banned from Kosovo

Jul. 10, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's defense minister says he has been banned from entering Kosovo, denouncing its leaders as "liars." Aleksandar Vulin, known for his bombastic and pro-Russia stance, said in a statement Wednesday that he and military personnel from Belgrade's military hospital wanted to visit...

Serbia warns against creating Albania-Kosovo union

Jul. 8, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Serbia's foreign minister on Monday denounced a move by Kosovo and Albania to boycott a regional conference, accusing them of coordinating foreign policies with an ultimate aim to create a joint state in the Balkans. Kosovo, a former Serbian province, and Albania said...

Merkel seeks to reassure Western Balkan nations of EU future

Jul. 5, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

POZNAN, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Friday to reassure Western Balkan nations aspiring to join the European Union that there is strong support for the process in the EU, saying that the bloc sees their integration to be in its strategic interest. Merkel, along with British Prime...

Western Balkan nations press EU aspirations at Poland summit

Jul. 4, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Government ministers from some European Union nations sought Thursday to reassure their partners in the Western Balkans during a meeting in Poland that their aspirations to join the EU have full backing in the club, despite symptoms of a loss of momentum. German Minister of State for...

Kosovo temporarily bans Serb officials from entering country

Jul. 4, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo temporarily banned Serbian officials from entering the country, triggering an angry reaction from Belgrade on Thursday. Kosovo's Foreign Ministry said it took the action because of "Serbia's threats against Kosovo and continuous propaganda" and that all entry requests from...

Serbia's defense chief crows about Russian military allies

Jun. 24, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Live-ammunition drills the Serbian military is holding with Russian and Belarusian troops show Belgrade has allies in any future war in the Balkans, Serbia's defense minister said Monday. Aleksandar Vulin said the joint Slavic Brotherhood military maneuvers Serbia is hosting this...

Serb leader urges Trump to bring Kosovo back to negotiating

Jun. 14, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's leader hailed Donald Trump's unorthodox ways of dealing with political problems, urging the U.S. president on Friday to put pressure on Kosovo to return to negotiations amid a months-long deadlock in the talks between the wartime foes. European Union-mediated status talks...