Atlantic Council: Trump may be more successful in the Balkans than elsewhere

Atlantic Council: Trump may be more successful in the Balkans than elsewhere

Atlantic Council: Trump may be more successful in the Balkans than elsewhere Izvor: Paul Morigi / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Damon Wilson, the current executive vice president at the Atlantic Council, a foreign and public policy think tank based in Washington, told Voice of America (VOA) on Friday he believed the US administration would be more successful in the Balkans than in Iran or North Korea.

"Hat down," he said, to the Donald Trump’s Special Envoy to the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations Richard Grenell for negotiating the resumption of the direct flights between the two capitals.

Wilson added the US administration wanted to see a result in foreign policy and that it was more achievable in the Western Balkans.

In an interview with VOA, he said that 100 percent import duties Pristina introduced on goods from Serbia and Bosnia over a year ago were an enormous economic obstacle, adding  that "limited, probably corrupted forces" supported the taxes."

"They boost the black market and encourage the cheaters, and it’s bad for the rule of law. It’s bad for both governments. The taxes can be lifted, and then we can talk seriously," Wilson said.  

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