Southeast Europe in Russia’s Current Foreign Policy
Despite its traditionally reserved relations with other regions of the world and even its backwardness, the Balkan region has become visibly more dynamic in the last decade. This has been made possible by a combination of several factors: The growing transit value of the region, the crisis of the European Union (both internally and regionally) and thus the intensification of latent competition between different international forces. In addition, the territorial scope of the Balkans is also changing. Greece, for example, with its long membership in NATO, has been actively involved in recent years in the infrastructure of the Western Balkans (development of Corridor X and other routes) and in economic interdependence (Greek-Albanian and GreekSerbian relations). The extent of Greece's participation in the Macedonian question clearly shows its direct link with the region. Hungary and Romania should not be left aside either: Both are certainly linked to the Balkans from the point of view of logistics, ethno political problems and economic interests. As a result, the "current version of the Balkans" in my opinion may include 7 to 11 states – Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, the "Republic of Kosovo", Albania, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania.