EU, Western Balkans to boost partnership amid Ukraine war


              People hold Albanian flags as they take part in an an anti-government protest held near a summit of European Union leaders and their counterparts from the Western Balkans in the capital Tirana, Albania , on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Sali Berisha, a 78-year-old former president , prime minister and the leader of the Albanian opposition center-right Democratic Party has been attacked during protest when a man came out of the crowd and punched him in the face. The opposition was protesting against alleged corruption by Prime Minister Edi Rama, which they blame for the country's cost-of-living crisis.(AP Photo/Franc Zhurda)
            
              People take part in an an anti-government protest held near a summit of European Union leaders and their counterparts from the Western Balkans in the capital Tirana, Albania, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Sali Berisha, a 78-year-old former president, prime minister and the leader of the Albanian opposition center-right Democratic Party has been attacked during protest when a man came out of the crowd and punched him in the face. The opposition was protesting against alleged corruption by Prime Minister Edi Rama, which they blame for the country's cost-of-living crisis.(AP Photo/Franc Zhurda)
            
              Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, right, speaks during a media conference at an EU-Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkan counterparts gathered Tuesday for talks aimed at boosting their partnership as Russia's war in Ukraine threatens to reshape the geopolitical balance in the region. At left is European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and center is European Council President Charles Michel. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a media conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkans counterparts gathered Tuesday for talks aimed at boosting their partnership as Russia's war in Ukraine threatens to reshape the geopolitical balance in the region. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              From left, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama participate in a media conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkans counterparts gathered Tuesday for talks aimed at boosting their partnership as Russia's war in Ukraine threatens to reshape the geopolitical balance in the region. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              European Union and Western Balkan leaders watch a traditional dance performance after a group photo at an EU-Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkans counterparts gathered Tuesday for talks aimed at boosting their partnership as Russia's war in Ukraine threatens to reshape the geopolitical balance in the region. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              European Union and Western Balkan leaders watch a dance performance during the EU-Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkans counterparts gathered Tuesday for talks aimed at boosting their partnership as Russia's war in Ukraine threatens to reshape the geopolitical balance in the region. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              European Union and Western Balkan leaders pose during a group photo at an EU-Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkans counterparts gathered Tuesday for talks aimed at boosting their partnership as Russia's war in Ukraine threatens to reshape the geopolitical balance in the region. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              European Union and Western Balkan leaders watch a traditional dance performance after a group photo at an EU-Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkans counterparts gathered Tuesday for talks aimed at boosting their partnership as Russia's war in Ukraine threatens to reshape the geopolitical balance in the region. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              European Union and Western Balkan leaders watch a dance performance during the EU-Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkans counterparts gathered Tuesday for talks aimed at boosting their partnership as Russia's war in Ukraine threatens to reshape the geopolitical balance in the region. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              European Union and Western Balkan leaders pose during a group photo at an EU-Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkans counterparts gathered Tuesday for talks aimed at boosting their partnership as Russia's war in Ukraine threatens to reshape the geopolitical balance in the region. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              People walk outside the venue of the EU Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. As the war in Ukraine has put the bloc's enlargement back at the top of the agenda, Albania hosts in Tirana leaders of the EU and the Western Balkans countries for a one-day summit aimed at reinvigorating the bloc's enlargement process. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              Municipal workers sweep the pavement outside the venue of the EU Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. As the war in Ukraine has put the bloc's enlargement back at the top of the agenda, Albania hosts in Tirana leaders of the EU and the Western Balkans countries for a one-day summit aimed at reinvigorating the bloc's enlargement process. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              A municipal worker sweeps the pavement as a red carpet is installed outside the venue of the EU Western Balkans Summit, in Tirana, Albania, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. As the war in Ukraine has put the bloc's enlargement back at the top of the agenda, Albania hosts in Tirana leaders of the EU and the Western Balkans countries for a one-day summit aimed at reinvigorating the bloc's enlargement process. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
EU, Western Balkans to boost partnership amid Ukraine war