In an unexpected move last week, Trump said that Serbia and Kosovo had agreed to normalise economic ties as part of US-brokered talks that include Belgrade moving its embassy to Jerusalem, and mutual recognition between Israel and Kosovo.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and other Serbian officials reacted furiously to a social media post by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson ridiculing Vucic sitting across US President Donald Trump at his Oval Office table.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti "show their firm commitment to the EU-facilitated dialogue among them,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said.
Serbia refuses to recognise Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence after the province broke away in the bloody 1998-99 war that was ended only by a NATO bombing campaign against Serb troops.
Fourteen policemen have been injured in the rioting when hundreds of right-wing demonstrators tried to storm the parliament building in downtown Belgrade, police director Vladimir Rebic says.
The leaders of Germany and France led a new effort to breathe life into long-stalled talks between Serbia and Kosovo but Serbia's president said the Europeans have unrealistic expectations.
The crowds protested in the capital Belgrade over the government's handling of the crisis, with infections now spiking after Serbia shed its initial lockdown measures two months ago.
Leaders of Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania - all Western Balkan countries blighted by wars in the 1990s that also aspire to join the European Union - met in the Albanian capital Tirana to give shape to the idea.
France and Germany organised a Western Balkans summit in Berlin to restart deadlocked talks between Serbia and Kosovo.
Aleksandar Vucic, an ultranationalist during the Balkan wars in the 1990s, embraced European values before coming to power in 2012. In coalition with the Socialists, Vucic controls 160 deputies in the 250-seat parliament.
Anti-government protests gripped Serbia on a weekend of demonstrations across the Balkans, but can they achieve anything?
Serbian protestors take to the streets to call for the end of Aleksandar Vuvic's rule, while demonstrating against endemic corruption and the lack of media freedom in the country.
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