1. @SJ

    Give it a few years and we will see what happens, I stand by my analysis.

    Russia and Putin in particular are feeling the sanctions and there is no end in sight unless he gets out of Ukraine.
    (Mark.W, 27 January 2018 05:03)

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  2. (Mark.W, 24 January 2018 22:23)

    That three-year timeline does not exist. In the US some people tell themselves that things will improve once Trump has gone, but that is the same as an earlier mantra of ďthe US will be back on top in a decadeĒ. Whoever wins will still have to deal with the same problems; horrendous government debt; a defence sector addicted to injecting huge amounts of borrowed money and producing little to nothing; very high level of unemployment and a non-existent manufacturing sector.

    The US has been pressuring Serbia for a long time especially to recognise Kosovo, but that has not worked so now they are on a charm offensive, but itís so obvious that itís laughable and that will not work.

    The US has already challenged Russia on all fronts; Georgia, Ukraine, Syria and all have failed. The US has lost Turkey Ė how in Godís name do you screw that one up?????????? How? My guess is pure incompetence.

    The US itself cannot intervene in the Balkans so it wants NATO to do it, but NATO is ill-equipped to do that job. Itís a Catch 22, the vast number of NATO countries do not have the equipment or enough troops because the way NATO is structured they all must rely on the US, but the US does not have that equipment or manpower either.

    If this was 1990, I would agree that they could certainly do something, but this is 2018. Russia is no longer a weakened state. The sanctions against Russia have no effect on its economy.
    (sj, 26 January 2018 10:30)

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  3. the map seems wrong. kosovo is a country now. is this an old map??update your old map
    (bert, 25 January 2018 20:59

    Hey Bert, maybe you can get Ernie the Albanian to draw you a new one - sorry little, hairy, chubby, bald fella, that will NEVER happen.... it's time you face reality!!!

    Or as your girl icj would say, "What reality is that dear"? Answer: Kosov"O" will never be yours!!!
    (ChiTown, 25 January 2018 22:00)

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  4. the map seems wrong. kosovo is a country now. is this an old map??update your old map
    (bert, 25 January 2018 20:59)

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  5. When NATO bombs starting falling on Serbia, the West lost Serbia and thus lost the Balkans.
    (Zoran, 24 January 2018 15:06)

    The Balkans is not Serbia, dear. Serbia is just a small insignificant part of the Balkans...
    (icj1, 25 January 2018 15:26)

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  6. The map is outdated.
    (Leka, 25 January 2018 07:26)

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  7. where is any shred of Evidence that Russia has an influence in the Balkans I mean were can it be measured and who should care to want to
    depend an others?
    the Balkans should solve their problems together but nobody is willing to give up something
    that is why the Balkans will always be lost and manipulated by the West including Russia and China
    (Sam, 25 January 2018 02:59)

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  8. svabo well said
    (Sam, 25 January 2018 02:44)

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  9. strategy to help secure the Srbija, Kosovo, and Bosna-Herzegovina within Eastern Empire institutions and curtail USA's spreading subversion !!!
    (Dragoljub Djurkovic, 24 January 2018 14:41)

    You better leave Kosova out of your dreams, maybe bosnia, or part of it. Kosova itís not your concern . Kosova has itís own people , government, and soon army. Iím saying soon , something lista itís blocking (serbia) because they donít want to phase surprises ďreal army ď
    (Albanian American, 24 January 2018 22:55)

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  10. The time line of the USA getting involved is still 3 years away unless something dramatic happens. That is when Trump will most likely be gone and then the new administration will start to challenge Russia on all fronts, the Balkans included. If there is a Republican administration they will want to show Americans that they are going to tough on Russia, if the Democrats get in they will want to pay back Russia for their involvement during the past election.


    Either way the pressure exerted by the US will be far more then just a comment about sitting on two chairs.
    (Mark.W, 24 January 2018 22:23)

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  11. Translation:

    "In order to prevent regional instability"
    =
    In order to prevent nations of becoming sovereign and independent from Washington

    "To prevent political radicalization and ethnic polarization that could ignite armed conflicts"
    =
    Stir up and incite political radicalization and ethnic polarization that will ignite armed conflicts to have a pretext for military intervention.
    (svabo, 24 January 2018 15:08)

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  12. "Western Balkan strategy led by Washington urgently needed"
    --
    Washington has led a strategy in the Western Balkans for the past few decades and has made a complete mess. Same with other parts of the world, which is exactly why so many nations have had enough and are now looking towards Russia and China.

    When NATO bombs starting falling on Serbia, the West lost Serbia and thus lost the Balkans. It's too late, no amount of force can change the next cycle.
    (Zoran, 24 January 2018 15:06)

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  13. Balkan strategy led by Russia urgently needed !!!

    The Balkans are returning onto Russia's radar screen as threats to Serbian stability and Eastern Orthodox Christianity integrity mount. To prevent a dangerous spiral of escalation, Tsar Vlade must pursue a more vigorous strategy to help secure the Srbija, Kosovo, and Bosna-Herzegovina within Eastern Empire institutions and curtail USA's spreading subversion !!!
    (Dragoljub Djurkovic, 24 January 2018 14:41)

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  14. The issue here is all about the US trying to create a scenario to provide an excuse to return to the Balkans. They need to counter Russian influence and the west is panicking so we see these tensions being created such as Croatia being supported in their fascism and the recent murder of Oliver Ivanovic.

    Letís be clear Oliver Invanovic was murdered at the orders of the US to start a regional war.

    This BS theory that Moscow directed a coup attempt in Montenegro is pure 100% Washington BS. Even I know you need more that a four or five people to carry that out. That was staged by the west to give it a pretext to bring Montenegro into NATO.

    Here is the real fact. My grandfather has more of a chance of coming back from the dead then Washington renewing itself in the Balkans. The US has neither the funds, military manpower or equipment to do what it was once capable of. That bird has flown the coup.

    You see they all talk about NATO but the members donít have the resources or equipment and they all rely on the US to fill that gap. Thatís why Janusz Bugajski, is talking through his rear end.
    (sj, 24 January 2018 12:48)

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  15. Why do you simply reprint this nonsense. US intervention in the Balkans has for the most partb been disastrous in the last forty years. Why would intervention by a weakened US and an emasculated State Department have any positive effect now.
    (julian harston, 24 January 2018 12:33)

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  16. Ah, the US the "exceptional and indispensable country".
    In every region that finds itself in the attention of America, people start dying in the thousands: South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, the Balkans, etc. Exactly how does that help to stabilize regions?
    I am no Putin fan but how exactly does surrounding Russia and putting military hardware right on Russia's border help to avoid conflict with that country? Europe then decides to ignore the Western Balkans and think these countries will wait forever to join the EU, and then they find it strange that Russia, the US, China, Turkey, SA and others try to fill that void.
    (Joe A, 24 January 2018 12:20)

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