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Serbia, Turkey, And Russia—Alarm Bells For Europe

Posted by BFP Staff on May 29, 2018 at 08:03 PM

The EU and US are aware that Serbia is still the “black sheep” in the Western Balkans.

By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra
As the EU seeks to increase its influence in the Balkans, Russia and Turkey have been working hard to strengthen their own ties to the region. The EU’s renewed interest in its southern backyard has been prompted by fears of Moscow’s mounting impact in the Balkans. Although Russia’s closest European ally is Serbia, it is not the only country with a long history in the Balkans. Turkey is another heavyweight, gaining huge support from corrupted officials throughout the Balkans. Like Russia, Turkey is investing in major national projects strategically calculated to have the greatest economic and political impact on the financial market.

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