EU to open Serbia talks, as Belgrade warns of instability

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The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, announced on 3 December 2015 the EU intended to start accession talks with Serbia before the end of the year.

Ms Mogherini praised the country for 'smooth implementation' of the agreement on normalising relations with Kosovo, saying Serbia 'made very important symbolic but also substantial steps to contribute to understanding and cooperation in the region'.

Media sources hinted that regional instability, as well as Serbia's strong ties to Russia, might cloud the process. The country's delicate position between East and West was visible as US authorities visited the region December 2015, followed by Russia's deputy prime minister in January 2016.

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