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"There will be serious consequences!", The senior US official brings out the strong behind the scenes, there is another warning for the Western Balkans: Some 'predators' are…

"There will be serious consequences!", The senior US official brings

The US Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, has again warned actors in the region of engaging in corrupt, destabilizing or anti-democratic behavior.

Speaking at the Western Balkans Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Europe and Regional Security Co-operation, Escobar said the US was clear about the consequences for anyone destabilizing the region.

"Our warning to actors in the region who engage in corrupt, destabilizing or anti-democratic behavior is clear: there will be consequences. In December, we used the Magnitsky Global Authority against an organized crime group operating in the region. In January, the Treasury Department convicted Milorad Dodik of his corrupt and destabilizing behavior and a television station under his control using the new Western Balkans sanctions authority. The State Department also imposed visa restrictions under our Section 7031 (c) authorities against corrupt officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The United States will continue to use all available means to hold accountable those who block the region's progress for their own finances or political gain. Regional progress is also threatened by the harmful external political and economic influences of Russia and China. Russia is arming its energy supply to coerce politicians, foment corruption and thwart growth potential. The People's Republic of China (PRC) is expanding its presence by building infrastructure through dark and predatory loans and "investments"

We are committed against these destabilizing activities in the Western Balkans.

For the past three decades, the Western Balkans has been the focus of the US. Among the Western Balkan countries, four are NATO allies and all share the strategic goal of deeper Western integration as EU aspirants or are EU members. Our work is not over. "Continued leadership from the United States, including here in the Senate, remains essential to completing the transformation of the Western Balkans into stronger allies, transatlantic partners and contributors to global peace and prosperity," he said.

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