Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic of Serbia-Montenegro planned Wednesday to hold talks with officials in Finland , which takes over the rotating EU presidency in July. The talks, just days after Montenegrins voted to separate the tiny Adriatic republic from its union with Serbia , were to focus on regional cooperation in the Balkans, Kosovo's future status and bilateral relations.
Draskovic and Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja also planned to discuss stability in Serbia and Montenegro , their association process with the EU, cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia and Montenegro 's Sunday independence referendum, the Finnish Foreign Ministry said.
Draskovic, who arrived Tuesday, also planned to meet lawmakers and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, the U.N. envoy overseeing talks on the status of Kosovo. Finland has said that stability and reforms in western Balkans will be among the main issues during its six-month presidency of the 25-member bloc that begins July 1. Later Wednesday, Draskovic was scheduled to travel to the Estonian capital, Tallinn , reports the AP.
Russia has deployed two armies and three units of Airborne Forces to its western borders as part of a verification check, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu said