Serbia’s president said during a chaotic parliamentary session that the country could become a European “pariah” state if it rejects a Western plan for normalising relations with Kosovo.
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez says agreement will be valid for 10 years and can be extended if the conditions are favourable.
Bulgaria's Radev announces fifth general election to be held on April 2 after Socialists became the third political party to refuse to form a regular government in deadlocked parliament.
The bloc, however, allowed Croatia to join the borderless zone as it sped up efforts to integrate the Western Balkans in view of changing geopolitical realities following Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
Election of new president is seen as a crucial step to end months-long political deadlock after incumbent Milo Djukanovic rejected a new prime minister-designate.
The Merdare entry point is Kosovo's most important border crossing while two smaller crossings on the Serbian border in the north are also closed since Dec. 10 as relations between the two countries stay tense.
"Serbia, influenced by Russia, has raised a state of military readiness... to protect criminal groups that terrorise... citizens of Serb ethnicity living in Kosovo," says Kosovar Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama also underlined Ankara's role in preserving regional and global security.
Serbia's football team hung up a flag depicting Kosovo's borders with the Serbian flags' colours and stamped with the slogan "there will be no surrender".
Tension has risen between the two sides after Pristina declared that by next April, around 10,000 Kosovan Serbs with licence plates issued by Serbia must replace them with plates from the Republic of Kosovo.
Natasa Pirc Musar led Slovenia's conservative former foreign minister Anze Logar by 54 percent to 46 percent.
President Erdogan’s three-nation Balkans visit to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia hogs media limelight – with several reports focusing on Türkiye’s stabilising role in the region.
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