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US intelligence report foresees low-level risk of violence in Western Balkans

The Western Balkans almost certainly will remain at some risk of low-level violence and possibly open military conflict throughout 2019, reads a report of US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats.

Washington, 31 January 2019 (MIA) – The Western Balkans almost certainly will remain at some risk of low-level violence and possibly open military conflict throughout 2019, reads a report of US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats.

‘Russia will seek to exploit ethnic tensions and high levels of corruption to hinder the ability of countries in this region to move toward the EU and NATO,’ it notifies further.

Turkey’s regional ambitions, a distrust of the United States, and the growing authoritarianism of Turkey’s leaders are complicating bilateral relations and making Ankara more willing to challenge US regional goals, reads the report, titled ‘Worldwide Threat Assessment’.

The report mostly covers the areas of conflict worldwide, such as Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, ISIS threat, as well as North Korea’s nuclear program, space and weapons of mass destruction.

The report was presented on 29 January to the US Senate Intelligence Committee.

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