Note how the very Reuters that in 1999 dutifully echoed claims by the U.S. and NATO, as did all other major government and private news sources, that NATO bombarded a European nation for 78 days because of the “worst genocide since Hitler” and “200,000 young Albanian men missing and presumed killed” now writes – almost 23 years to the day NATO’s first war was launched – that the military bloc “resorted to bombing to halt the killing of ethnic Albanians by Serb forces in a 1998-99 counter-insurgency war.” Any resemblance to the situation in the Donbass over the past eight years is, as the late German writer Heinrich Böll characterized his detestation of gutter journalists who incite war, not intentional…nor fortuitous…simply unavoidable.

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Reuters
March 17, 2022

Kosovo president asks Washington for help in joining NATO

Also see: European crisis widens as rump Bosnia joins Kosovo in demanding NATO membership

Reuters
March 17, 2022

Kosovo president asks Washington for help in joining NATO

Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani has asked U.S. President Joe Biden to use Washington’s influence within NATO member states to help her country join the military alliance.

In a letter sent to Biden dated March 10th and seen by Reuters on Thursday, Osmani said that in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, joining NATO was her main national security priority.

“Kosovo’s membership in NATO has become an imperative,” Osmani said in her letter.

“We express our faith and expectation that the U.S. will use its leadership and influence to actively support and advance the complex process of NATO membership for Kosovo,” Osmani wrote.

“We are exposed to persistent efforts by Russia to undermine Kosovo and destabilise the entire Western Balkans,” Osmani wrote.

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Kosovo has been guarded by NATO troops since 1999, when NATO resorted to bombing to halt the killing of ethnic Albanians by Serb forces in a 1998-99 counter-insurgency war.

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Anadolu Agency
March 17, 2022

Kosovo says it joins EU, US sanctions against Russia as 1st country from region

Kosovo joined the EU and US sanctions against Russia as the first country from the region, according to the country’s president.

“We have joined sanctions immediately as the first country in the region, sanctions of the European Union and those from the United States,” Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu said in an interview on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum recently held in Turkiye.

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She voiced concerns of a possible spillover effect in the Western Balkans as Russia is “using Serbia as its proxy in the region for quite some time.”

“It has been exerting influence on Serbia, whether it’s political, economic, or military,” she said. “And they will want to expand the conflict elsewhere,” she said, adding that they are “working hand in hand” with partners, including Turkiye, the EU members, the US, and other NATO allies to make sure that they “stop that from happening.”