Russia is pursuing a policy of destabilization of the situation in Serbia, fearing the entry of the Balkan Republic into the European Union. This was stated in an interview with the newspaper Die Welt, the head of the European Parliament Committee on foreign Affairs David McAllister.
"This gives us reason for great concern," he said. According to McAllister, Moscow is trying more and more to influence the media, political parties and civil society of Serbia.
The MEP added that, in addition to Russia, to strengthen its influence in the Balkan region trying Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
McAllister noted that Brussels is the largest sponsor of Belgrade. The European Union plans to send Serbia financial assistance in the amount of 1.5 billion euros.
He added that the participation of the EU in the support of the Serbian civil society should be even more noticeable.
"The Balkans is a volatile region where in the near future because of the irresponsible actions can re-ignite the conflict that are considered long resolved," — he explained.
3 March, the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini in the Parliament of Serbia met Pro-Russian slogans. So, some MPs chanted "Serbia, Russia, we do not need the EU!"
The negotiation process on the accession of Serbia to the EU were launched in December 2015.
In the USA the employee of the state Department is accused of making false statements to the FBI about interaction with a foreign intelligence agent. According to authorities, 60-year-old Candace Mary Claiborne who have access to classified information not reported on their contacts with Chinese intelligence, which gave her and her family members gifts and benefits.
Russian hackers allegedly attacked the largest Estonian enterprise for processing of oil shale — Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG). About it reports Department on cyber security of the country. In the attack accused the group Fancy Bear, which is allegedly linked to the Russian authorities.
Between Russia and the West, no cold war, but the world order is shifting towards greater democratization and polycentricity. This was told Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. According to him, the current way the world also moves away from the idea of Western domination.
Russians Vladimir Morozov and Evgenia Tarasova and take third place in the short program at the world figure skating Championships in Helsinki. The pair scored 79,37 points. The first place belongs to the representatives of China sui Wenjing and Han Cong, the assets of which 81.23 points.
"Barcelona" will offer Argentine striker Lionel Messi a contract under which he will receive 35 million euros per season. According to Spanish publication Marca, both parties are interested in the extension of the agreement, the validity of which ends in the summer of 2018.
Russia intends to take any further action to recover the amount of money which Ukraine owes for undertaken obligations. This statement was made by Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, commenting on the decision of the High court of London in the case of Ukraine's debt to Russia on Eurobonds for $ 3 billion.