Threats emerge of new Balkans Cold War split between the West and Russia

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is increasing the Greek's anti-Nato and anti-EU rhetoric (photo: dpa)
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is increasing the Greek's anti-Nato and anti-EU rhetoric (photo: dpa)

Fears are growing that a new Cold War could affect the Balkans following the escalating crisis in Ukraine. An East- West divide has returned to the region harking back 25 years to the end of the Cold War between the West and the Soviet Union. Russia is developing its interests and its sphere of influence with some Balkans countries and raising the stakes over security and energy.

FEARS of an eastern crisis spreading towards the Balkans during 2015 have mounted since the first post-Cold War invasion by the Russian army in Georgia in 2008, the annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and Russia’s continuing support for separatists in east Ukraine.

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