Balkan Gonzo Profile picture
Historian, Balkan/post-Soviet "expert", Crisis Management, Award-winning Author, Vampire hunter.
Sep 24, 2023 20 tweets 9 min read
🧵1/ The terrorist attack on Kosovo Police and the siege of the Banjska Monastery in North #Kosovo.
Overnight, a Kosovo Police patrol came under fire from automatic weapons, hand grenades, and anti-tank rockets at a roadblock in the village of Banjska.
#Serbia #Russia Image 2/ According to official sources, one #Kosovo Police officer was killed and at least two others were wounded. #Serbia
@MiroslavLajcak @JosepBorrellF @CounselorDOS
@JakeSullivan46 @SecBlinken
Mar 19, 2023 19 tweets 7 min read
🧵1/ #Ohrid Outcome: a big fat nothing-burger. #Serbia's #Vučić announced ahead of time he wouldn't sign anything. He kept his word. This made #Kosovo's #Kurti seem cooperative. 2/ Even Albania's Edi Rama seemed skeptical of the "progress" that was achieved.
Mar 17, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
1/ 🧵 #Serbia's thin-skinned president Aleksandar #Vučić, who controls nearly the entire media spectrum, just filed a SLAPP against 2 journalists for a documentary series that aired three years ago in February 2020 on N1.… 2/ Vučić claims that the defendants "caused him serious spiritual pain and suffering" and hurt his "highly ranked image and honor". He claims he felt "fear of a high intensity", and that the series was a media coup against the president.…
Mar 17, 2023 10 tweets 4 min read
1/ A 🧵on Ohrid threats: The upcoming Ohrid meeting between #Vučić, #Kurti, and Borrell about the 🇫🇷-🇩🇪 plan for #Kosovo is Dead On Arrival. A recently leaked EU document contains threatened actions about what the 🇪🇺 and 🇺🇸 could do if #Serbia and Kosovo don't sign on. 2/ It is highly probable that the meeting will kick the can down the road to late 2023. Yet, the hype leading up to this meeting and the leaked EU document indicate a high level of pressure on Belgrade and Pristina to deliver, due to 🇷🇺 illegitimate and unprovoked invasion of🇺🇦
Mar 16, 2023 25 tweets 10 min read
🧵1/ The upcoming 18 March Ohrid meeting between #Serbia’s 🇷🇸 President Aleksandar #Vučić and #Kosovo 🇽🇰 Prime Minister Albin #Kurti is already a bust. Odds that anything of substance will be signed are the same as the odds that Donald #Trump will stop coloring his hair. Image 2/ This is part of a game of chicken between Vučić and Kurti. Vučić swerved first on 27 February in #Brussels, where it became apparent that Kurti was willing to keep his foot on the gas pedal longer. The faces at the meeting speak eloquently of winners and losers.
Feb 6, 2023 17 tweets 7 min read
1/ 🧵on Albin #Kurti, Aleksandar #Vučić, the latest twists in the Franco-German 🇫🇷🇩🇪plan for #Kosovo 🇽🇰, the specter of upcoming elections in #Serbia, Lajcak gives Vučić a wedgie, and a fart explodes in Belgrade's elevator (figuratively speaking). 2/ Yesterday, EU envoy Miroslav #Lajcak visited Pristina, where he appears to have had a productive meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. The "cat-that-swallowed-the-canary" look on Kurti's face indicates he is finally catching on to how the game is played.
Feb 2, 2023 14 tweets 5 min read
1/ 🧵Every Circus has a clown. Today’s session of #Serbia’s 🇷🇸 Parliament opened the next act of President Aleksandar #Vučić’s #Kosovo 🇽🇰 Kabuki Theater. It gave new meaning to the saying: “not my monkeys, not my circus,” and included a convicted rapist and an alleged murder. 2/ The session featured Vučić leading a debate about the Franco-German plan for Kosovo. In a combative speech in which he hurled kafana insults, he offered the parliament no details of the still undisclosed plan and failed to divulge information about it.