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New US strategy in the Balkans

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In the United States, a draft new strategy in the Balkans called “The Balkans, forward - a new American strategy for the region,” was announced. Kommersant.




The program developed by the American Atlantic Council is not of an official nature, but it may well become a platform for Washington’s Balkan policy in the foreseeable future.

“The new American strategy in the Balkans contains three key elements. The first is the permanent US military presence in Southeastern Europe. According to the authors of the document, the Camp Bondstil military base in Kosovo is ideally suited for this purpose, which is now being used for the needs of the KFOR international forces located there. The second element is historical reconciliation with Serbia, which "can and should become a close partner and ally of the United States in the region - subject to distance from Russia." And finally, the third element is America’s active mediation in resolving regional disputes, ”the article says.

In the Balkans, the published document was taken rather seriously and with interest.

The meaning of the new American strategy is to more actively connect to Balkan affairs. And in fact, in returning to the Balkans after a decade in many respects an episodic presence here. At the same time, the region was surrendered to the EU, which itself was in crisis. It is also a response to the attempts of other non-regional players - primarily Russia, as well as China and Turkey - to increase their influence here. Adoption of the strategy will certainly accelerate the region’s Euro-Atlantic integration,
explained a source in the government of one of the Balkan countries.

The heightened interest in the new strategy aroused, of course, in Serbia, which is given a special place in the document. A source close to the Serbian authorities noted that many of the provisions of the project are “very friendly” towards Belgrade, because “they recognize the importance of Serbia in the region and meet the desire of its leadership to have partnership relations with the United States”.

The potential scope of the implementation of the third element of the strategy - mediation in regional disputes - is obvious: it is an acceleration of the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo, as well as the settlement of the conflict between Greece and Macedonia over the name of the latter, the newspaper's interlocutors say.

Americans could influence Pristina with the aim of encouraging it to implement the EU-mediated agreements with Belgrade - primarily on the creation of a Commonwealth of Serbian municipalities in Kosovo, which will speed up the normalization of their relations. We should also expect the US to influence Greece in search of a compromise on the name of Macedonia, which will allow it to join NATO in the next year or two.
said the publication of a diplomatic source.

Washington’s possible intentions to more actively tackle the Macedonian issue are also confirmed by the information recently made public that their current chief emissary in the Balkans, Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Brian Yi, has been appointed as the new US ambassador to Skopje.
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  1. NEXUS
    NEXUS 4 December 2017 15: 51 New
    +7
    After reading the entire contents of this strategy, I came to one thought- And you, mattresses, what is the matter of the Balkans? Everywhere and everywhere, you need nothing to happen without you. 300 million mattresses dictate more than 6 billion people how to live.
    1. Sofa General
      Sofa General 4 December 2017 15: 55 New
      +4
      The main message of the strategy is Serbia.
      Distance from Russia.
      Just do not understand how they want to historically come to terms with them, after Kosovo ...
      1. Azazelo
        Azazelo 4 December 2017 16: 04 New
        +6
        Well, after the atomic bombing, they somehow managed to make friends with Japan.
        1. Sofa General
          Sofa General 4 December 2017 16: 24 New
          +3
          both on...
          Nothing that Japan is as if occupied ... or do you think that the presence of a foreign contingent in the country gives Japan the opportunity to pursue a policy without looking back at the United States?
          to get your logic ...
          if anything, we were also “friends” with Europe while our wails were there under the guise of a “Warsaw Pact” ...
        2. Berber
          Berber 4 December 2017 16: 25 New
          +1
          The mentality is not the same, not Japanese. Mattresses, as always, count on the machine. But here, this number will not work.
        3. Nikolai Grek
          Nikolai Grek 5 December 2017 00: 36 New
          +1
          Quote: Azazelo
          Well, after the atomic bombing, they somehow managed to make friends with Japan.

          what what especially the Japs "love" how they are crushed and raped by the Americans from the occupation !!! wink yes laughing laughing laughing
      2. Going
        Going 4 December 2017 16: 06 New
        +3
        Quote: NEXUS
        After reading the entire contents of this strategy, I came to one thought- And you, mattresses, what is the matter of the Balkans? Everywhere and everywhere, you need nothing to happen without you. 300 million mattresses dictate more than 6 billion people how to live.


        Something in the near future should happen or Russia is merging.
        1. Sofa General
          Sofa General 4 December 2017 16: 14 New
          +5
          Who is draining? Kosovo? Croatia? Macedonia?
          Did Russia “acquire” them?
          1. Going
            Going 4 December 2017 16: 43 New
            +3
            Foreign policy merges, we can not allow the consolidation of the United States in the Balkans.
            1. Sofa General
              Sofa General 4 December 2017 16: 57 New
              +3
              And again you have a not very clever idea. Kosovo is a pseudo-state that exists as long as the United States is in force. Well, HOW can Russia affect this situation? From Kosovo.
              Or here's another example - Croatia. NATO member - how to influence?
              1. Going
                Going 4 December 2017 17: 01 New
                +3
                What is your thought, you are our smart? Russia must do everything to squeeze the United States out of the Balkans and this concerns not only Kosovo. Let them be members of NATO, but there should not be US bases there and this work should be done by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Moscow Oblast.
                1. Sofa General
                  Sofa General 4 December 2017 17: 10 New
                  +2
                  Politics, my young and partially educated friend, is bargaining, prostitution, corruption - emphasize for yourself what you consider necessary.
                  You can compare with a game of chess - it will also be appropriate.
                  But for now we will stop at the auction. What can Russia offer in return?
                  Or, you propose, to hint to the United States that the Russian Federation will probably give a couple of UNU rocket engines, because the NATO base in the Balkans threatens the national interests of Korea? Or simply, in a quiet sadness and with a sad smile, return to Cuba?
                  What is the subject of bargaining?
                  You have only "Wishlist" and "Wishlist" comparable to the slogans. from actually all that I wanted to say.
                  1. Going
                    Going 4 December 2017 17: 17 New
                    +3
                    You are very funny and all-knowing, I ask you, what would you suggest? but you don’t have to criticize the mind much, but my Wishlist stayed and I think that these are the tasks that our Foreign Ministry will solve. And I ask you not to get personal, it may turn out oops.
                    1. Sofa General
                      Sofa General 4 December 2017 17: 45 New
                      +2
                      Yes, I’m not personal.
                      I just convey to you the idea that in politics, in order to get something, you have to give something. Or to make it appear that we want to acquire something.
                      Actually, all politics, as I wrote above, is bargaining. I believe that the Kremlin knows this and will do everything necessary to ensure our (I mean the state) interests.
                      And talking about the "drain" is inappropriate. IMHO.
                    2. Lelek
                      Lelek 4 December 2017 18: 18 New
                      +2
                      Quote: Going
                      Going


                      Guys, it’s good to be measured with someone longer and thicker. Russia today really can do nothing but protests in this corner. They had hope for Serbia, but with only 30% of those who agreed to join the EU and NATO, the rulers still designated the "course for entry." The US State Department, with the filing of Tillerson, fired one and a half thousand officials, including their representatives in the Balkans with Greece, in the Arab world and Southeast Asia. It must be understood that there was an order to restore representative offices. Wait and see. yes
                      1. Going
                        Going 4 December 2017 18: 22 New
                        +4
                        Lion, good evening! hi so I’ll wait and see the same, but by protests and concerns we won’t solve anything.
      3. alexmach
        alexmach 4 December 2017 16: 57 New
        +1
        And you read the opinion of the Serbian expert in the article. I don’t understand, is it really possible, first to bomb the Serbs, hang all the dogs on them, rob the state in full, put their contingent in the once Serbian Kossovo ... And then come to terms and establish partnerships?

        It is clear that Serbia is in a difficult situation, that they alone will not live, that the European Union is not their helper at all and there is nobody and nothing to help them, but have they really rewritten their own historical memory?
        1. Galleon
          Galleon 4 December 2017 18: 14 New
          +3
          Those who developed this doctrine believe that this is possible. So it was possible with the Germans, so it turned out possible with the Japanese. We don’t even talk about shelluponi. Why don't they try it with Serbia?
          To break the Serbs through the knee and make them submissive, you must set a previously unacceptable condition. There are two of them there: Kosovo and friendship with Russia - the basis of national identity. This is how we agree that in Sergiev Posad there will be an enclave in the form of a caliphate. So the elite begin to bend under these conditions. And they will stupidly do it for decades, and if necessary, for centuries. And if they are bent - they will break - forward, parades of perverts, prostitution and drugs. Well, under the million refugees as in the entire European Union. And the cover. A sad picture, but it starts with these two conditions.
        2. Lelek
          Lelek 4 December 2017 18: 20 New
          0
          Quote: alexmach
          And then come to terms and establish partnerships?


          "People die for metal, Satan rules the ball ..."
    2. Hagalaz
      Hagalaz 4 December 2017 15: 57 New
      +1
      I came to a slightly different thought. The point is that they may have it, but they should all be torn up sometime. They get confused in their freaks.
      And about Serbia we’ll see if they are seduced by al no. I would not regret it, Amer’s friendship is so peculiar .....
      1. dorz
        dorz 4 December 2017 16: 08 New
        +3
        Quote: Hagalaz
        I came to a slightly different thought. The point is that they may have it, but they should all be torn up sometime.

        So far, other countries servicing the US foreign debt are torn.
      2. Going
        Going 4 December 2017 16: 09 New
        +4
        As always, the US will try to buy someone to scare someone with compromising evidence, nothing new.
  2. assa67
    assa67 4 December 2017 15: 58 New
    +6
    the hair stands on end! .... the second and third element, in general, no words ... "active mediation of the United States in resolving regional disputes" .. have already decided with Yugoslavia ... they want to do the same in Macedonia and in Crete ?. ... okay, there they are yapping about Russia, they’ve got used to it already ... but the “peacekeeping” activity is already across the throat ....
    1. Berber
      Berber 4 December 2017 16: 22 New
      +1
      First shame thoroughly. Now all of a sudden, friends gathered. It was not enough for the Serbs to fall under them.
      1. assa67
        assa67 4 December 2017 16: 29 New
        +5
        the brothers went to bed .. they still puff and wave ... and they will crush the Serbs if we do not help
    2. Pax tecum
      Pax tecum 4 December 2017 16: 36 New
      0
      These American programs and strategies are the result of them, coupled with NATO, "peacekeeping." Now, if the Balkan states (even already members of NATO) adopt this strategy / program, then they will live on it, instead of their constitutions. A good example is Bosnia, since the beginning of the 1996 year it has been living under the Dayton Accords instead of the constitution.
      Well, let alone buy a loyal government part of the strategy ...
      1. assa67
        assa67 4 December 2017 16: 39 New
        +4
        Well, what can they not sit behind their puddles? ... and so the whole world was dirtied ... maybe after all, Enya will slam this cockroach nursery? laughing
  3. Herculesic
    Herculesic 4 December 2017 16: 19 New
    +1
    And they themselves do not want to calm down, everyone is perverted in dirty tricks, when will the revolution begin at least there?
  4. Topotun
    Topotun 4 December 2017 16: 23 New
    +1
    Nothing new, this strategy has been changing for decades.
  5. Thracian warrior
    Thracian warrior 4 December 2017 16: 29 New
    +2
    I can’t stand the Negroes in Bulgaria.
  6. cavl
    cavl 4 December 2017 16: 55 New
    0
    Are Americans more active in the Balkans? Is there an unplanned focus of tension there?
  7. ioan-e
    ioan-e 4 December 2017 17: 04 New
    0
    Quote: Sofa General
    both on...
    Nothing that Japan is as if occupied ... or do you think that the presence of a foreign contingent in the country gives Japan the opportunity to pursue a policy without looking back at the United States?
    to get your logic ...
    if anything, we were also “friends” with Europe while our wails were there under the guise of a “Warsaw Pact” ...

    Plus education, the Japanese are actively rubbing in schools that Stalin was hammering them with atomic bombs.
    1. Nikolai Grek
      Nikolai Grek 5 December 2017 00: 46 New
      +1
      Quote: ioan-e
      Quote: Sofa General
      both on...
      Nothing that Japan is as if occupied ... or do you think that the presence of a foreign contingent in the country gives Japan the opportunity to pursue a policy without looking back at the United States?
      to get your logic ...
      if anything, we were also “friends” with Europe while our wails were there under the guise of a “Warsaw Pact” ...

      Plus education, the Japanese are actively rubbing in schools that Stalin was hammering them with atomic bombs.

      Yes, it seems, and the Japs are protesting against the American occupation, the current opinion does not interest anyone !!!! wassat wassat lol lol lol
  8. tlauicol
    tlauicol 4 December 2017 17: 07 New
    0
    on the screensaver of the Spanish frigate Bourbon
  9. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 4 December 2017 17: 42 New
    0
    "... many of the provisions of the project are" very friendly "with respect to Belgrade, because" they recognize the importance of Serbia in the region and meet the desire of its leadership to have partnerships with the United States. "
    Well, what? Okay! They bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and now they are best friends with Japan. They broke Yugoslavia and also with Serbia are now "very friendly." Peremoga! A little more and there will be "God in heaven, and in the land of the United States." The main thing is “historical reconciliation with Serbia, which“ can and should become a close partner and ally of the United States in the region - subject to distance from Russia. ”Elegant. It’s all business to buy a couple dozen dozen gorlopan politicians ...
  10. Retvizan 8
    Retvizan 8 4 December 2017 18: 16 New
    0
    At first they raped, and now they begin to slip the cookies to the Serbs, but to whisper in their ears how well they will heal, especially if they sell Russia!
    I don’t know how bros are, but x @ hl fell into this hat with a bang.
    In short, the Devil's temptation!
  11. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 4 December 2017 19: 28 New
    +1
    Americans can be blamed for the insidiousness of their plans, but what they can’t refuse is the activity with which they advance their plans.
    After all, look briefly at what kind of program they are METHODALLY promoting, how they really WORK with the region. American institutes have special departments in all regions of the world, they recruit young students there and in addition to language training they study the features of the regions. Then they are offered work in embassies or in companies that run active economic activity in these parts of the world. These specialists, specially registered and under the auspices of the CIA, quite effectively promote the interests of their country, brazenly, in business. So:
    1.) At the forefront of their policies in the Balkans (and in relation to Serbia especially) is EU membership. The EU offers a fairly understandable and profitable program in economic, scientific and cultural, migration and all other areas. And then comes NATO, rather, these are parallel processes and they have already been worked out.
    2.) Having built Camp Bondstyle in Kosovo (a very large base unlike others) and gradually developing EU-NATO partnerships with friendly regional players, the Americans are significantly shifting military parity in their favor, which directly threatens Serbian security and some to others.
    3.) Actively work "on the ground": whether it is work with young people or work with Serbian special forces (equipment, trainings, internships, personal contacts) --- this has been going on for several years. So you understand what I mean? Not Moscow SOBR regularly deals with the Serbs and equips them, oh states ... And our joint rescue and safety center has been hanging in the air for many years. And so do not touch.
    4.) The Americans are not going to give up their positions and developments, harshly suppressing Russia's attempts to gain a foothold through political special operations (a living example is recent events in Montenegro, nothing happened here, failure). And the strategic place is access to the sea , the active masses for Russia, business, but the center figures there are purely pro-American, so there you go.
    Why am I saying this? Yes, to the fact that I do not see the same methodology in our foreign policy. It seems that even three or two years ago we (the top leadership and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) considered the Balkans as some secondary direction, and priority was given to us all these years were good, the so-called. "partnership" relations with the West. Well, now we get our own labor --- the EU is clearly preferable for the Balkans than our Eurasian one. This is the carrot. Camp Bondstyle and NATO are a whip. And where is our base in the Balkans? Again, the paratroopers will fly help the Serbs? You can be sure of these guys --- will they fulfill any order, but what will be the effect of such a maneuver? The same as in Pristina. Nice page, but this will not be enough if the opponent of Serbia puts an ultimatum and wants to hold a military police operation.
    I’ll say one sentence: it was fashionable to swear to Victoria Nuland for her Judah cookies, but I just want to ask, where were our “peddlers” at that moment, who were treated by Russian gingerbread cookies? There will not be water flowing under a lying stone and then there will be terrible statements from our Duma members, when the holiday (again not about our honor) will be played as if by notes.Here she is, Victoria, she doesn’t waste time, she’s the same “special” of the highest standard from their old guard, whom I spoke about at the very beginning of my speech. Eh, do you know what the Balkans are if the Russian bayonet were there for a long time dug in ......?
  12. Ural resident
    Ural resident 4 December 2017 21: 40 New
    0
    It's time to engage in Latin America seriously and for a long time
    1. Normal ok
      Normal ok 4 December 2017 22: 24 New
      0
      Quote: A resident of the Urals
      It's time to engage in Latin America seriously and for a long time

      There is not enough money for Russia, and you propose to feed more parasites in Latin America.
  13. Normal ok
    Normal ok 4 December 2017 22: 15 New
    0
    A source close to the Serbian authorities noted that many of the provisions of the project were “very friendly” with respect to Belgrade, for “they recognize the importance of Serbia in the region and meet the desire of its leadership to have partnerships with the United States.”

    A holy place is never empty.
  14. First iron-faced
    First iron-faced 5 December 2017 04: 49 New
    +1
    The current in the picture is not an American Orly Burke class EsM, but a Spanish frigate.
  15. dizil
    dizil 5 December 2017 09: 27 New
    0
    FINALLY MAKE ZHIRINOVSKY THE PRIME MINISTER AND SEND MEDVEDEVA FOR THE URALS. HE WILL TAKE ORDER IN THE GOVERNMENT, AND IN 2024 AFTER PUTIN HE MAY BECOME A PRESIDENT. THEN the Americans WILL RETURN TO THE ISLAND. And BETTER ALREADY IN 2018, ZHIRINOVSKY BECAME A PRESIDENT, TIME ALREADY TO JACKALS TO SHOW RUSSIAN "KUZKIN ...."