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Few world regions are more culturally and politically complex than the Balkans.Croatia and Slovenia have both demanded that the "Western Balkans 6" – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – be incorporated into the EU as well. But progress has been hampered by a congeries of bilateral political disputes between Western Balkan and EU countries, similar to when Slovenia, taking advantage of EU membership, temporarily blocked Croatia's accession.In addition to its long-standing cultural ties with Russia, Serbia depends on Russian energy supplies, as well as Russia's veto power as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.These factors explain why Serbia did not join the EU in imposing sanctions against Russia after it annexed Crimea in March 2014 . Despite these challenges, the EU maintains a favorable position vis-a-vis the Western Balkans. Excluding Croatia, 74 percent of Western Balkan countries' total trade is with the EU, compared to only 6 percent with China, 5 percent with Russia, and 4 percent with Turkey. The EU must not fall short of the expectations that Tesla undoubtedly would have had for it.
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