In 20 days, the United States of America has caused an “earthquake” with the decisions in the Balkans. On May 19, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared Sali Berisha and his family “non grata”. Blinken wrote on the State Department website that during his rule, Berisha committed major acts of corruption.
“The corrupt actions of former Albanian President Sali Berisha undermine democracy in Albania. He publicly declares Sali Berisha and his close family members unsuitable to enter the US. We stand together against corruption with our partners in Albania“, Wrote Blinken.
On June 2, the US State Department made another move by declaring “non grata” five officials and former senior officials in Bulgaria. DASH announced that it has blacklisted: Alexander Manolev, Petar Haralampiev, Krasimir Tomov and Delyan Slavchev Peevski, as well as current public official Ilko Dimitrov Zhelyazkov. According to DASH, the reasons for this decision are reliable information about their involvement in corruption.
Yesterday, it was the US President himself, Joe Biden, who signed the executive order requesting the inclusion of Albania in the list of countries for blocking the assets of individuals who, according to the US Treasury Department, have undermined stability in the Western Balkans.
The executive order that Joe Biden sends to the Senate and Congress is about amending an existing June 2001 decree that included the former Yugoslavia, while Albania will now be included.
Successive strong US decisions have shocked politicians in the Western Balkans even more.