27.05.2020 Matthew Palmer

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We understand the public diplomacy value of airplanes with flags on their tail landing in the early stage of the (Covid19) crises to unload boxes. And sometimes it doesn't matter what's in the box. It only matters that there is this visible demonstration of support and assistance. And I think there's arguments to be made that the response on the part of the West and the United States, and on the part of Europe, was not as quick, not as speedy as it could have been, or should have been. But I think that now that you look at totality of what it is the US and EU are doing providing assistance and support to these countries - and it dwarfs anything that the Chinese or the Russians may be doing."

Matthew Palmer, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Representative for the Western Balkans

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