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1/ Just as thanks go to #Putin for injecting life into @NATO, kudos to #SergeyLavrov for giving the kiss of death today to #OpenBalkan. This #Trump Administration brainchild advances the agenda of #Russia’s strategic partner in the region, #Serbia, under @avucic. 🧵
2/ #Russia’s main outlet in the country, Sputnik Serbia @rs_sputnik, has supported #OpenBalkans consistently. And why not?
3/ #OpenBalkan is open invitation for #Vucic to exploit #Serbia’s economic size for political advantage – free from political constraints or values of #EU. #OpenBalkan = ‘Serb World’ via the marketplace for Serbia’s smaller neighbors.
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Happening now: @USArmy Gen Christopher Cavoli - nominated to serve as commander of @US_EUCOM and as Supreme Allied Commander-#Europe - testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee
"In #Europe, the core security challenge is #Russia" per Gen Cavoli

"Russia's unprovoked invasion of #Ukraine ushers in a new era in European security...It will be up to us all to reestablish an enduring stability"
"But #Russia is not our only challenge. #China's growing influence is also of huge concern" per Gen Cavoli "As are terrorism, migration, #cybersecurity, & #climatechange"

"We cannot be a one-problem alliance"
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🆕 #THREAD: On April 5, the European Court of Human Rights handed down a negative judgement on claims regarding the alleged pushback of approximately 1,500 asylum seekers into Greece via North Macedonia in 2016.

@Malichudis and @yuhsiang_wangTW report.
The case regards incidents that took place in March 2016, and offers an insight into the shift that would come in migration management within the continent.

As countries in the #Balkans began sealing off their borders with fences...

wearesolomon.com/mag/on-the-mov…
... #Idomeni, a small Greek village near the border with North Macedonia, became crowded with thousands of stranded asylum seekers who had to sleep in the open for weeks.

On March 14, 2016, approximately 1,500 asylum seekers entered North Macedonia on foot.
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1/ Is anyone surprised that Moscow would - immediately - claim that Russian atrocities in #Bucha were “staged”? Does anyone remember that Serbian President #Vucic – two decades after the fact – claimed that Serbian atrocities in #Racak, Kosovo were “fabricated”? 🧵
2/ Is everyone aware #Belgrade is revising its own past in the #Balkans – and distorting present reality of Russia’s brutal invasion? That there is a straight line between Vucic’s denial of Racak and Belgrade’s promotion of Russian aggression in #Ukraine?
3/ No. Accomplished @nytimes journalist @ATHigginsNYT downplays the Serbian government role in fostering adulation of #Putin, support for Russian invasion and Russian and Chinese #authoritarianism. Instead, we get more vox-pop ‘Balkan ghosts.’
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Thread: 3 April 2022: Day 39 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
#Ukraine beginning to de-mine the areas around Kyiv that they have taken back from #Russia, a process that will take years. Sadly, it's also likely some of these areas will have to be fought over again after Moscow resets and tries again for the capital.
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Those casually talking about the Russian-Ukrainian war seem to have forgotten DEAD HAND.

A thread on Armageddon.

DEAD HAND, Система «Периметр», is a Cold War-era automatic nuclear weapons-control system, similar in concept to the American AN/DRC-8
#Russia
#Ukraine
#Balkans
Emergency Rocket Communications System, used by the Soviet Union. The system remains in use in the post-Soviet Russian Federation. An example of fail-deadly and mutual assured destruction deterrence, DEAD HAND can automatically initiate the launch of the Russian intercontinental
ballistic missiles (ICBMs) by sending a pre-entered highest-authority order from the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Strategic Missile Force Management to command posts and individual silos if a nuclear strike is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity, and pressure sensors
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#Ukraineinvasion has shaken the world, but #US posture towards #Serbia remains the same: free pass to #Belgrade to skirt obligations to #EU & to #Ukraine. 🧵
@USEmbassySerbia praises @avucic’s “support for territorial integrity of #Ukraine” when this is a self-serving stance of #Belgrade due to (false) parallel to #Kosovo. #China also makes a self-serving ‘territorial integrity’ argument – and US, correctly, does not praise #Beijing.
In both cases, support for territorial integrity is empty, unless accompanied by unambiguous condemnation of @KremlinRussia_E’s unprovoked, unjustifiable invasion. @avucic merely called it a “mistake,” as if #Putin might have chosen better means to bring down the Ukrainian govt.
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Made a mess of these threads. Integrating them here
#Ukraine's President Zelensky said a few hours ago he is still going to Germany tomorrow for the Munich Security Conference. Whether this is supposed to promote calm or what is unclear; it's a hell of a time for him to leave his capital.
President #Biden just said in his White House address that the US believes the #Russians will invade #Ukraine in the next few days and "they will target Ukraine's capital, Kiev". Image
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#Russia/#Ukraine Thread 🇺🇦 🇷🇺 [1]
#Russian news agencies are reporting that #Luhansk separatist region prevented a terrorist attack on a soldiers rally. #UkraineCrisis #UkraineConflict #Ukraine #Crimea #Donbass #Donetsk #EU #Europe #NATO #US #Russia #Belarus [2]
Elements of #Russian forces in #Crimea are reported by #Russian media to be returning to North #Ossetia and #Dagestan, following the end of special exercise in the region. #Russia #Ukraine #UkraineCrisis #UkraineConflict #EU #NATO #US #Europe [3]
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#Russia's government not being very subtle about how this is going to go with #Ukraine: a provocation will be staged and the Russians will claim to be acting in self-defence when they invade, while screaming about 'Western false-flag operations'.
Integrating this thread from Feb. 11 here
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US intelligence believes #Russia is preparing to stage a false flag incident to justify its initiation of hostilities in #Ukraine. Been a lot of signs for months that Moscow was plotting provocation to ignite this.
#Russia's representative to international organisations in Vienna. At this stage, Moscow isn't even trying as it prepares its provocation to begin the offensive in #Ukraine.
I think we'd all worked out the Russian script that far, but all the same nice to know NATO has, too.
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Monday's #Covid19 thread starts here. Still holidays around the world for many, including #UK. But here all eyes on Boris Johnson - will he, or won't he make more restrictions or even lockdown? We should know today.

I've got more hospital data in the thread, updated real time..
So let me start with #UK. I've managed to get new health data, which will be critical to the decision on new restrictions in #England

As of y'day there were 7,536 #Covid19 patients in English hospitals; up 17.1% in a week.

But 2,425 of those are in London and that's up 45.5%
Strangely, South-East & South-West areas of #England have fewer #Covid19 patients in hospital.

Occupied hospital beds by region (weekly change):

#London 2,425 +46%
#Midlands 1,345 +17%
#East 681 +16%
#NorthWest 945 +8%
#Yorkshire/NE 847 +3%
#SouthEast 803 -2%
#SouthWest 490 -5%
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THREAD on #Serbia and #Russia: President of #Serbia #aleksandarvučić is in #Sochi, #Russia to meet #Russia's President #VladimirPutin. The main talking point of the agenda, the price of Russian #gas for Serbia. #Serbia is entirely dependent on the import of Russian gas.
#Russia owns majority shares in NIS, Serbia's national oil and gas company, sold to Moscow below market price in 2008, in return for #Russia's protection in the #UN on #Kosovo and hoping that Moscow would construct now-defunct South Stream pipeline over Serbian territory.
The energy dependency was confirmed with the inauguration of the #TurkStream pipeline in 2021. In light of the ongoing energy crisis in Europe, the Serbian President fears the high gas prices for Serbia. The first reason is more immediate, the start of the heating season.
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Past couple of weeks have been quite eventful on 🇧🇦.

Following many meetings, emails, (zoom) calls, background talks and tweet-reads, let me bring together some key facts, assessments, positions & actions of different actors.🧵 1/24
What has Milorad #Dodik done so far?

I. Together with RS opposition:

1. Adopted RS law annuling Inzko’s imposition = RS made parts of the state-level criminal code not applicable in RS.

2. Voted against all decisions in state-level institutions except essential = financing.
II. Without the opposition:

1. Laid out a detailed plan to create parallel entity institutions = to collapse 🇧🇦 institutional & legal architecture.

2. Lower RS Assembly house adopted a Law on parallel Agency for medicinal products and devices = to disrupt unified market.
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Mighty Sovereigns Of Ottoman Throne : Sultan Murad I

By Ekrem Buğra Ekinci

@EkremBEkinci
👆🏻 widely used illustration painted by court painter Konstantin Kapıdağlı in the early 19th century shows Sultan Murad I , the 3rd ruler of Ottoman beylik that turned into an empire .

👆🏻👉🏻📸 Credits : Büşra Öztürk - Daily Sabah
While his predecessor , Osman & Orhan ghazis , had gathered a nation & created a state , Sultan Murad I improved his lands , making a prosperous country from it for all citizens .
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Thursday's #Coronavirus megathread starts here with the best #Covid19 global analysis and round up available on Twitter.

First a little quiz, answer in the next Tweet:
Do you know which country has had the most recorded cases of Covid19 as a percentage of population?
So I hope there was no cheating... I'll leave some blank lines here too in case some later viewers don't want the answer just yet...
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So the nation with more #Covid19 cases than any other based on population is highly vaccinated #Seychelles at more than 20% infected.
Today I spent quite a long time being filmed/interviewed by @bbcturkce about #Covid19 and #Turkey. Not sure how much they will use, let's see.

Coincidentally the cameraman Efe, just happened to be in Kyiv as one of those using Ukraine for a 10 day stop off to avoid hotel prison!
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Wednesday's #Coronavirus megathread starts here, with all the data, news and analysis as #Covid19 continues to cause problems.

Slightly less mega today on the thread as I am working abroad and struggling for time and internet. Doing my best!
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Starting with the case numbers from the islands of #Greece which I couldn't publish yesterday.

Broadly heading in the right direction, with exceptionally good numbers from #Crete again and #Zante

#Mykonos surges again and is still the most infected island.
2/3 #Covid19 cases Tuesday on the islands of #Greece

#Crete 196 (-148)
#Corfu 53 (-15)
#Andros 1 (-9)
#Chios 24 (+8)
#Ikaria 11 (-10)
#Ithaca 2 (-1)
#Kalymnos (-1)
#Karpathos (-1)
#KeaKythnos 1 (+1)
#Kefalonia 9 (-1)
#Kos 10 (-2)
#Lefkada 24 (-9)
#Lemnos 2 (-3)
#Lesbos 33 (+1)
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The daily #Coronavirus megathread for Tuesday starts early, from Manchester airport.

Because of the early start I missed a few countries from yesterday's thread, first I'll update these #Covid19 totals. Tweets during the day may be delayed due to travel & connectivity issues
1/3 #GreekIslands - yesterday cases nudged lower again in #Greece and there were some very promising data from the islands too.

#Crete cut new cases of #Covid19 by 43% while for #Corfu it was a 48% fall and #Rhodes saw a reduction of 38%.

#Samos and #Chios need watching...
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#Greece - #Covid19 on the islands yesterday vs previous week

#Crete 129 (-98)
#Corfu 26 (-24)
#Andros 2 (-1)
#Chios 22 (+11)
#Ikaria 3 (+1)
#Kalymnos 4 (-6)
#Kefalonia 4 (-4)
#Kos 9 (-4)
#Lefkada 5 (-7)
#Lemnos 4 (+3)
#Lesbos 19 (-4)
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Just finished making this map based on Avraham Galanté’s 1937 booklet on the synagogues of #Istanbul. There were once synagogues (Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Romaniote) named after all the places on this map that Jews came to the city from. Some of them still exist today. #Thread
From the #Iberian peninsula there were synagogues named after: Portugal, Spain, Cordova, Granada, Aragon, and Catalonia. As well as two synagogues that are still standing today: Jaen / Çana located in Balat) and Majorca / Mayor (located in Hasköy)
From #Italy there were synagogues named after Sicily, Messina, Calabria, and Apulia. There is also the Italian Synagogue in #Galata that is still active today.
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In September of 1995. Rade Rogic, a Serb soldier was ritually killed with a knife by #mujahideen Al Harbi Teufik (Tawfik), served with the 5th corps of the Muslim #Bosnia Army, 505th #Buzim brigade. This was not only the murder of this notorious murderer and late #ISIS member. ⤵️
Al Harbi Teufik came in 1992. to serve in Muslim #Bosnia Army as a jihadi warrior with Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 citizenship. In the verdict of the Court of BiH 🇧🇦 in the Alic case, it was confirmed that he also killed Basic Branko, Devetak Mirko, Stambolija Petar, and Borosina Pero.⤵️
After the war in Bosnia, he moved back to Saudi Arabia without prosecution, but it was not the end of his military and jihadi journey since 2013. he became one of the highly ranked #ISIS officials in #Syria with new name Sultan Al Safri al Harbi nicknamed “Abu Nassar Al-Harbi”⤵️
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THREAD #OTD in 1918 elected representatives from South Slav lands of former Austria-Hungary address non-elected King of #Serbia expressing their desire to create a joint state, initially under lame name of Kingdom of #Serbs, #Croats & #Slovenes (SHS), later renamed #Yugoslavia /2
2/ An archetypical #Balkans business: well-intended, ill prepared, poorly executed. All sides try to cheat & gain advantage over their partners, with biggest & strongest imposing their will at force whenever they can, at same time paying lip service to equality and brotherhood /3
3/ So begin lies, manipulations & exploitation of good intentions for selfish means. The only politician with a vision who could turn that mess into a sort-of-modern state is assassinated in parliament, precisely for calling to stop endless retelling of myths & move forward /4
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Vienna attacker was born and raised in #Vienna
He also had "Albanian roots" (parents from North Macedonia)

The gunman shot dead in the Vienna attacks was also one of 90 Austrian Islamists who wanted to travel to #Syria

Why is it relevant?

mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/id…
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The #Balkans play an important role for #ISIS, which sees them as a buffer and a future battleground. The region already has established networks that can be used to transfer people and to raise support for ISIS.
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ISIS has popped up in all corners of the globe, not being contained in the territory it physically controls in Iraq and Syria. Its goal is to create a Caliphate, an Islamic state which holds religious authority over the ENTIRE global Islamic community.
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House Armed Service Committee taking a look at the US defense posture in #Europe

"#Russia is becoming more aggressive, not less" per HASC Chair @RepAdamSmith "Our need to have a deterrence there is enormously important"

Some background: voanews.com/usa/us-pulling…
"I also am concerned about the effect it [US force posture in #Europe] has on our partnerships" per @RepAdamSmith

"We definitely need friends & allies more than ever..." he says, referring to @NATO
"If we do things to undermine the alliance in what appears to be a gratuitous way, without working w/them, without listening to them, it undermines the strength of that alliance and plays right into #Russia's hands" per @RepAdamSmith
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Russian Diplomacy, September 15:
Lavrov spoke with #Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who insisted on Lavrov explaining the #Navalny case, which he obviously failed to do.

They also discussed the situations in #Libya, #Belarus, and bilateral cooperation. Image
#Germany's relations with #Russia seem to be melting down over the attempted assassination by the #GRU of #Navalny.

Lavrov spewed threats and garbage on the phone with Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas over the case. Image
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