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May 9, 2022  Belgrade, Serbia

THE BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOGUE IN THE NEW GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has drastically changed the geopolitical situation in Europe and in the world, opening many questions about the dynamic of persisting conflicts in different regions, including the Western Balkans. The West has reacted swiftly in support of Ukraine, introducing several sanctions packages against Moscow, supplying Ukraine with arms and funds, and adapting its foreign and security policy to the new developments. However, the EU and the US have so far not formulated a new approach toward the Western Balkans, continuing to prioritize fragile stability over permanent solutions. Serbia is in a challenging position: it first held a parliamentary election campaign and now has to form a new government, which could be delayed until the fall. The good news is that the opposition has returned to the parliament after the boycott of previous elections, thus opening the space for a more inclusive debate on the most challenging issues, including Serbia’s position vis-à-vis the Ukraine war, the European integration, and the dialogue with Kosovo. Aiming to explore the perceptions about these issues in Serbia, the Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG), in cooperation with and support from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), organized on May 9, 2022, in Belgrade a discussion for a group of current and new members of parliament. Below is the report from the meeting.

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