The Atlantic Council discusses the future of the Balkans

The focus is a Russian threat

On Wednesday 29 November at the Atlantic Council – one of Washington analytical centers – conference devoted to the problems of the Balkan region and its development in conditions of instability and new threats.

Despite the fact that the countries of the Western Balkans have made considerable progress in their efforts to integrate into the broader transatlantic community, noted on the website “the Atlantic Council”, this progress is now under threat. The purpose of this conference is to generate new policy ideas and proposals for the promotion of the countries of the region towards democracy, market economy and free political development.

Among the participants of the forum of regional leaders (in particular, the foreign Ministers of Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina), representatives of the world Bank and the expert balkanist.

It is expected that the conference will be focused on the Russian threat, including attempted interference of Russia in European Affairs.

Previously Vice-President of “the Atlantic Council” Damon Wilson urged that the United States played a more active role in the region, rather than simply reacting to the hostile actions of Moscow. It is, in particular, a permanent American military presence in the Balkans in order to stabilize the situation on the Peninsula in conditions, when the Kremlin will intensify efforts to influence the political situation in the region.