Germany’s AKK warns of Russian, Chinese influence in Balkans
07 December 2019 | 2:05 pm
During a visit to Kosovo, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has warned against Russia and China's influence in the Western Balkans. Kramp-Karrenbauer is due to travel to Afghanistan on Monday.
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Russia and Iran are collaborating more closely than ever in the areas of fighter jets and lethal drones, according to US intelligence. Moscow has rebuked Washington's assessment, as the invasion of Ukraine presses on.
The exchange of US basketball star Brittney Griner for Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout reminded many Germans of events during the Cold War. The Glienicke Bridge near Berlin was a top spot for prisoner swaps.
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Belgrade is destabilizing the Balkans through illegal structures and its failure to acknowledge crimes of the past, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti told Conflict Zone's Tim Sebastian. Kurti said Serbia's relationship with Moscow includes military and economic ties.
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