Serbia faces tough choice over Russian project in Balkans geopolitics

Meeting the challenge of linking to the Mediterranean (photo: dpa)
Meeting the challenge of linking to the Mediterranean (photo: dpa)

Three river projects in the Balkans have geopolitical importance for the region, its ecosystems, economy, politics and Russia’s role. Serbia remains Russia’s main ally, surrounded by Nato neighbours. But Russian support comes at a price and soon Serbia must choose between the European Union or Russia and between a source of income from the South Stream gas pipeline or turning its back on the project.

<i>High-level visits between Russian and Serbian ministers have increased Russia’s geopolitical interest in the Balkans. Work on Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline has been stopped in Bulgaria and Serbia and this has reactivated Russian diplomacy in the region for gas, water and ri...

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