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The European Union is planning to hold an important summit on Kosovo in October this year with a view to get Belgrade and Pristina to normalize bilateral relations. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pose as guarantors of the deal. Reports say a senior US official may take part in the Paris summit as well. The participation of the American side was strongly advocated by the authorities in Kosovo, headed by President Hashim Thachi.​
Representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission are due to gather for gas negotiations in Brussels on September 19th. Experts say the talks may play a crucial role in addressing the pressing issue of Russian gas supplies to Europeans. Maroš Šefčovič, who is responsible for energy issues in the European Union leadership, said on Twitter that progress in this direction will provide the market a powerful positive impetus ahead of the winter season. During the upcoming negotiations, Moscow and Kiev will try to secure a deal, through the mediation of the European Commission, on a new agreement on the transit of Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine (the current one expires on December 31, 2019).​
A top-level meeting scheduled to take place in Paris in September with the participation of President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, the head of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, President of France Emmanuel Macron and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel may well be disrupted, which could lead to a new wave of tension in the Balkans. As the summit draws nearer, the differences between the parties involved show no signs of diminishing, while the Serbian leadership is demonstrating ever more opposition to any agreements with Pristina.
American Congressmen continue to exert every effort to thwart the completion of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which is designed to secure a long-lasting supply of Europe with Russian gas. A parliamentary bill devised by the US Senate to toughen anti-Russian sanctions envisages measures against European companies and their production facilities involved in the construction of the pipeline. Simultaneously, the ongoing “trade war” between the United States and China “incorporates” the problem of Russian pipeline gas supplies to Europe into the wider system of Washington’s foreign policy priorities, which “pushes stakes up” in this “game”.​
The idea of concluding an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on the territorial delimitation between Serbs and Albanians, voiced by the president of self-proclaimed independent Kosovo, Hashim Thaci and supported by Serbian President Aleksandr Vučić, may be on the negotiating table in Brussels in early September 2018. Both presidents are to meet in the Belgian capital to resume the dialogue on the normalization of bilateral relations under the auspices of the European Union.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 22-08-2018, 16:27
  • Views: 538
The next EU expansion wave can "cover" Southeast Europe ahead of schedule. In particular, Serbia can become an EU member even before 2025 - some six months ago the European Commission mentioned it as the most optimistic option. The corresponding statement was made by French President Emmanuel Macron when he received his Serbian colleague Aleksandar Vučić in Paris.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 26-07-2018, 16:18
  • Views: 887
The 14th annual Valdai International Discussion Club meeting ended October 19th in Sochi initially set up a task to extend the common format of expert discussions and try to create perspective models of world development based on rethinking of political and legal standards and social and economic trends that used to be untouched previously. This also accounted for the wording of the ambitious subject of the current forum “The World of the Future: Through Conflict to Harmony” that sends us back to the concept of Joseph Schumpeter, one of the greatest economists and sociologists of the 20th century, of a “creative destruction” that creates a new order, a new world, as well as the choice of key participants closing the most important 5th day of the meetings.
The meeting of the Communist Party of China that closed October 24 in Beijing became one of the most closed forums in the modern history of the Celestial, due to the serious staff issues that it was meant to solve, in the context of CPC president Xi Jingping’s fight on corruption in place.
President Putin's visit to Iran ended November 1st had two key planes, the geopolitical and economic one. Both of them are interrelated, however, they have their direct objects, too. If politically the relations of Moscow and Tehran should be considered, first of all, in the context of the situation in Syria and Iraq and counteracting to the American policy, then economically the cooperation is sooner directed to the East, regarding Pakistan, India and China.

The two-day international «EU-Russia Energy Dialogue» conference which took place May 29-30, the eighth such conference so far, was once again unable to overcome the stalemate between Moscow and Brussels in the field of energy. The leadership of the European Union still