RTCG - Radio Televizija Crne Gore - Nacionalni javni servis :: Balkans http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/rss.html me http://www.rtcg.me/img/logo.png RTCG - Radio Televizija Crne Gore - Nacionalni javni servis :: Balkans http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/rss.html Putin in Belgrade http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/227734/putin-in-belgrade-.html Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin pays official visit to Serbia, where his host is president of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. ]]> During the visit, 21 agreements will be signed, one third of which in the field of innovation and digitization.

Putin was welcomed at the Nikola Tesla Airport. A meeting between the delegations of Serbia and Russia was planned, followed by signing of bilateral documents in the presence of two presidents.

For the afternoon, the ceremony of presenting the Order of Aleksandar Nevski to Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic is scheduled. The order will present President Putin. The two presidents will then talk to the media, after which they will visit the Temple of St Sava.

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Taxes could be revoked in coming days http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/227620/taxes-could-be-revoked-in-coming-days.html Pristina's 100 percent increase in taxes on products from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina could be revoked in a few days. ]]> Pristina-based Albanian language newspaper Zeri is reporting this on its website on Wednesday, citing a source.
This source claims that the government of Ramush Haradnaj has launched "a tactical retreat."
According to the same source,  Haradinaj has told international partners that if they can guarantee that Serbia will recognize Kosovo, he could immediately withdraw the decision on taxes.
Haradinaj said the same during a press conference on Tuesday - when he confirmed that he received a warning from the United States because of the taxes, and that he would not be attending the Prayer Breakfast in Washington this year as his request for a US entry visa had been denied.

Zeri writes that, after receiving these US warnings, Haradinaj "started to retreat."

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A series of earthquakes last night in the northern Adriatic http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/227506/a-series-of-earthquakes-last-night-in-the-northern-adriatic.html Last night two tremors struck northern Adriatic along Italian coast. The earthquakes have been felt in Istria area. ]]> Shortly after midnight, happened first, 4.8 magnitude earthquake, which was followed by a large aftershock around half an hour later and smaller ones throughout the night. The epicenter was 15 kilometers of the Italian city Ravenna.

No casualties were reported and only minor damage has so far been detected. Ravenna ordered schools and universities to remain closed on Tuesday while authorities check that buildings are safe.

The area is considered to be at high risk of seismic activity, according to Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). The same region experienced a 4.5-magnitude earthquake in November 2018.

 

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Tsipras on thin ice because of Macedonia http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/227391/tsipras-on-thin-ice-because-of-macedonia-.html Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday said he would call a confidence vote in his government after his coalition ally quit, thus breaking parliamentary majority and raising the possibility of snap elections. Earlier, Greece's right-wing defense minister resigned in protest at a deal ending a long running dispute with Macedonia over its name, saying he was taking his other six ministers in cabinet with him. ]]> Athens and Skopje struck the deal on the new name in June last year, but Macedonia can start using it only after the parliament in Athens also approves the change. The deal meant ending three decades long dispute emerged after the collapse of former Yugoslavia and in the same time it opened Macedonian path to join NATO and EU, which represented an incentive for five West Balkan neighbors also wanting to join European block, states the Financial Times(FT).

Stating that Tsipras now has to fight for majority in the parliament where his party has 146 of 300 deputies, the FT adds that his failure would endanger the agreement on the new name of Macedonia.

The confidence vote is expected to take place later this week.

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Former members of the KLA transferred to Hague http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/227119/former-members-of-the-kla-transferred-to-hague.html Three small civilian planes flew from Pristina's military airport, sources in Pristina confirmed for RTS. The same sources claim that they were carrying former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, who will be interrogated in the Special War Crimes Chamber of the KLA in the next few days. ]]> Pristina lawyer Tom Gashi said that commanders of the operational zones Lap and Drenica, Rustem Mustafa and Sami Ljustak will be in the first group of persons to be interrogated.

Immediately after taking off, it was not known who exactly was in those planes, but RTS sources in Pristina indicated that former members of the KLA flew to Hague to be interrogated by the investigators of the Special Court for KLA crimes.

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Serbia puts pressure on Serbs, EU to react http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/227024/serbia-puts-pressure-on-serbs-eu-to-react.html Serbia has banned an advisor at the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare of the Kosovo Government Nebojsa Jakovljevic crossing Merdare, claims Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. ]]> On his Facebook account, where he announced the claim,Kosovo Prime Minister said that it was about "the pressure of Serbia and the threat to Kosovo Serbs", RTS reported.

"The ban on Nebojsa Jakovljevic by the Serbian authorities in Merdare is inadmissible and unacceptable. Jakovljevic is an adviser to the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, a part of the SLS party (Independent Liberalparty) and brother of the deputy of  mayor Obilic, whose family I visited in December,"Haradinaj wrote on his Facebook account.

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Serbia sent the report on Ivanovic murder http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/226924/serbia-sent-the-report-on-ivanovic-murder-.html The Serbian Ministry of Justice has forwarded to Pristina a comprehensive report and relevant hearings minutes regarding the murder of Oliver Ivanovic, Minister Nela Kuburovic said. ]]> She added that it was done on the basis of the last request from Pristina to question certain individuals in connection with the investigation into the murder of Kosovo Civic Initiative SDP leader.

"This shows that Belgrade is still ready to cooperate and respond to all the demands coming from Pristina. We do not have such two-way communication from Pristina.” Kuburovic said.

She added that, unfortunately, closer relations and cooperation in the investigation into the Ivanovic assassination had not been established, because Pristina initially refused to conduct a joint investigation. She believes that this is precisely one of the reasons why there had not been more concrete results in the pre-trial procedure.

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Pristina to be blamed for pushing two sides farther away from compromise http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/226480/pristina-to-be-blamed-for-pushing-two-sides-farther-away-from-compromise.html Ana Brnabic, the Prime Minister of Serbia, said on Friday she believed Belgrade and Pristina were increasingly far off from reaching a compromising solution in normalization of relations, adding her country was all but a dictatorship, the Beta news agency reported. ]]> But, she added, some compromise had to be found if Serbia wanted to join the European Union.

In an interview with the Pink television, Brnabic said that due to the 100 percent import duties on goods from Serbia and Bosnia which Pristina introduced last November and because of the forming of Kosovo army a month ago and the announcement of the removal of Kosovo – Albania border, the two sides were getting farther away.

“I think we are far off from a compromise,” she told the TV.

Serbia has support from Russia and China, the permanent members of the UN Security Council with veto power which could prevent the change in the Resolution 1244 passed at the end of the 1998-1999 Kosovo war enabling the international civilian and military missions in Kosovo, but remaining neutral concerning its final status.

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The driver of the bus that collided with train arrested http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/226380/the-driver-of-the-bus-that-collided-with-train-arrested.html The driver of a school bus that was cut in half when a train hit it in Donje Medjurovo, southern Serbia, has been arrested. The driver, who was injured, was questioned after recovering and put in detention for up to 30 days on December 31, the Basic Public Prosecution in Nis announced on Thursday. ]]> The driver is suspected of serious traffic safety offense, for which sentence of one to eight years in prison is prescribed, the Basic Public Prosecutor's Office in Nis reported.

Seven people died in the December 21 accident - five at the scene, while two died later in hospital.

The last victim, V.Dj. (65) died last night.

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Edi Rama replaced eight ministers http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/225900/edi-rama-replaced-eight-ministers.html Albania's President Edi Rama has replaced 8 ministers, or half of his cabinet members, as part of a government reshuffle following students' protests over the last few weeks. ]]> The initiative, explained Rama, reflects the ''students' protests''. Although protesters were calling for economic change, the demonstrations were seen as reflecting dissatisfaction for the government.

In a surprise move, the premier has decided to remove, among others, the minister of education, Lindita Nikolla, finance, Arben Ahmetaj and the minister for foreign affairs and Europe, Ditmir Bushati, a key post for Albania's EU integration process as adhesion talks are expected to start in June.

Bushati is being replaced by the current deputy minister in charge of the integration process, 28-year-old Kosovan Genti Caka. Other members who were forced to leave the government include deputy premier Senida Mesi, the minister of energy and infrastructure, Damian Gjiknuri, of agriculture, Niko Peleshi, culture, Mirela Kumbaro and business, Sonila Qato.

The AP reports that Rama, who is the leader of the ruling Socialist Party, said that replaced ministers will play an important role as political leaders in their areas in the municipal elections in June next year.

Students boycotted classes for more than two weeks, demanding a reduction in tuition and more allocations for higher education.

The opposition accused the dismissed ministers of corruption and inefficiency.

 

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‘’Serbia is not involved in the internal affairs of BiH’’ http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/225662/serbia-is-not-involved-in-the-internal-affairs-of-bih.html Aleksandar Vucic has denied that members of the Serbian Ministry of Interior (MUP) helped police in the Serb Republic (RS) on Krajina Square in Banja Luka. ]]> "This is about a blatant lie. Nobody asked that of us, nor do we get involved in the internal affairs of BiH," the Serbian president said, adding:

"I'm wondering how this occurred to somebody. We are following the events in Banja Luka, we want everything to end peacefully. That's all I can say, everything else would be interfering." 

Information appreared in the public that "members of special forces who were not from the RS" participated in the police actions in Banja Luka on Tuesday. 

This information was transferred by the lawyer of Davor Dragicevic, Ifet Feraget, in a statement for BHT. Because of his statement, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic reacted and "denied the allegations that members of the Serbian Ministry of Interior were present in Banja Luka."

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Davor Dragicevic arrested http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/225534/davor-dragicevic-arrested.html A Bosnian Serb man who has led months of protests accusing authorities of covering up what he says was the murder of his 21-year-old son was arrested on Tuesday in the main city of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity, Banja Luka, police said. ]]> A lawyer for Davor Dragicevic said he was arrested as he left his home, days after he and 19 other people were charged over a protest outside the Republika Srpska parliament on December 17.

The lawyer, Ifet Feraget, told N1 television that Dragicevic was arrested for not responding to a summons to a court hearing in the case. Bosnian media later reported that Suzana Radanovic, Dragicevic’s former wife who was with him at the time of his arrest, was also taken into custody by police.

Dragicevic has led nine months of protests in Banja Luka since his and Radanovic’s son, David, was found dead in a shallow river in the city.

Police say he drowned, but conflicting pathology reports and inconsistencies in police statements have fuelled anger over what many Bosnian Serbs see as police incompetence and indifference. David’s parents say they believe their son was murdered and have alleged a cover-up, something authorities have vehemently denied.

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"Three are still critical, a driver in a coma, an engine driver in shock" http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/225426/three-are-still-critical-a-driver-in-a-coma-an-engine-driver-in-shock.html In Nis Clinical Center doctors are still fighting for life of three patients who are seriously injured in a bus accident and trains on road crossing. ]]> As it was told to daily Vecernje Novosti, three most seriously injured persons are on intensive care, and they lives are endangered.

It is speculated that these are two 16-year-olds  and 31-year-old man.

Daily Vecernje Novosti writes that the engine driver is "under sedatives and in a state of great shock" .

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Trump’s letters to support peace process http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/225135/trumps-letters-to-support-peace-process-.html Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said today that the letters that US President Donald Trump had sent to the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci, came as "some kind of support to the peace process". ]]> Speaking with the Prva Television rapporteur, Dacic said that the result of changed position of the US President and his closest associates was that the Kosovo issue is no longer being considered completed.

He also estimated that the United States is ready to organize the signing of the Belgrade-Pristina agreement when it is reached.

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NATO members to support Kosovo army http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/225004/nato-members-to-support-kosovo-army-.html Head of Kosovo's diplomacy Behgjet Pacolli urged NATO members to follow the example of the United States "and support the authorities in Pristina in the effort to form a Kosovo army. ]]> In the "Opinions" section of the Brussels portal "Euobserver",  Pacolli says that "it is important to clarify this case to the international community as there are still bad presentations on what is intended with this project."
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government in Pristina states that "this is an important time to protect our people" and underlined that "we should not even say that the most important thing in our foreign policy program is the ongoing dialogue with Serbia."
But he also notes that "the development of Kosovo, the security of its people and the stability of the wider region can not be a hostage to that question".

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Dodik dismissed ambassadors, new to be appointed http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/224887/dodik-dismissed-ambassadors-new-to-be-appointed-.html President of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik said that Presidency recalled diplomats from diplomatic and consular network belonging to Republika Srpska and that the positions would be fulfilled in the upcoming period. ]]> "In accordance with the mandate, the Serbian Presidency member has Serbian quota in the diplomatic and consular network and I decided to introduce some new people, " Dodik told reporters in Sarajevo, reports the  RTRS.

He said that a number of ambassadors from the Croatian Corps were dismissed, while in some positions belonging to the Bosniaks appointments were made to previously vacant positions.

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Vucic satisfied with the session results http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/224778/vucic-satisfied-with-the-session-results-.html President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic said that he was pleased with the results of Monday's UN Security Council session. ]]> Vucic has told Voice of America (VOA) that Serbia has informed everyone about the situation in Kosovo after new taxes have been imposed and the decision on the transformation of security forces of Kosovo made. 

In his address, he informed the Security Council that Serbia fulfilled all the obligations from the Brussels Agreement, while, as he said, "Pristina did not fulfill anything."

As VOA reports, he also informed the Council about the daily attacks on Serbs, the arrest of Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric, the taxes on Serbian goods, with the aim to show the countries that advocated for Kosovo's independence "what they have created."

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The focus of Kosovo is now a chair in the UN http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/224645/the-focus-of-kosovo-is-now-a-chair-in-the-un.html Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has announced that he will speak at the United Nations Security Council session on Kosovo and stressed that the focus now is on the dialogue for Kosovo's chair in the UN. ]]> He wrote on Twitter that he would say "the truth" and that is, according to him, that the transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces is not a reason for fear but for celebration, because "it confirms Kosovo's commitment to multiethnic institutions".

"The focus is now on the dialogue - for Kosovo's chair in the UN," said Thaci.

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I regret the decision to create Kosovo army http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/224346/i-regret-the-decision-to-create-kosovo-army-.html NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he regretted the decision to transform Kosovo Security Forces, despite the concerns of the Alliance. ]]> "And while the transition of the Kosovo Security Forces is, in principle, something Kosovo decides on, we have made it clear that t his move comes at a wrong time," Stoltenberg said.

As he said NATO supports the development of the Kosovo Security Force under its current mandate.

"With the change of mandate, the North Atlantic Council will now have to re-examine the level of NATO's engagement with the Kosovo Security Force” says the Alliances statement.

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Pavle Strugar died http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/224208/pavle-strugar-died-.html Following short and severe illness, retired General Lieutenant Pavle Strugar (85) passed away in Belgrade, reports the RTRS. ]]> In 2005 Strugar was convicted in Hague because as commander of the Second Operational Group of the JNA he did not prevent the shelling of Dubrovnik on December 6, 1991. He voluntarily surrendered to the Hague tribunal in 2001.

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