White House Correspondent Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer gives her take on the latest news from the White House

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Following rumors at the heart of the UK government that Serbia is planning to invade Kosovo, I went directly to the source. I talked to the Serbian Ambassador to the US, Marko Djuric to ask if there’s any truth to the rumors that Serbia is planning to invade Kosovo.

The Ambassador denounced the disinformation campaign espousing that Serbia wants to start a war in Kosovo, and talked at length about Serbia’s role as a factor of peace and stability in the Western Balkans. 

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Ambassador To The US Marko Djuric Denounces Disinformation Campaign Espousing That Serbia Wants To ‘Invade Kosovo’

“Balkanization of the Balkans is a thing of the past,” says the Serbian Ambassador to the US Marko Djuric in response to the disinformation campaign that “Serbia plans to invade Kosovo.”

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Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

This morning at the White House, Biden will talk to Chinese President Xi on the phone. This will be the first call the two will have since the start of the war in Ukraine. “This is part of our ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication between the United States and the PRC,” said Jen Psaki.

In the afternoon, the President will talk about cancer research

At 5 pm, Biden will go to Rehoboth, DE, to spend the weekend in his beach house.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Congress in Argentina has approved a $45 billion debt deal with the IMF, with a letter of intent addressed to Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of IMF, to discourage the use of crypto. 

To further safeguard financial stability, we are taking important steps to:

(i) discourage the use of crypto-currencies with a view to preventing money laundering, informality and disintermediation

(ii) further support the current process of digitization of payments to improve the efficiency and costs of payments systems and cash management

(iii) safeguard financial consumer protection. 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$41,323.85

Ether (ETH):$2,789.53

SOL:$84.90

LUNA: $83.44

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

As Russia and Ukraine get closer to finalizing a peace agreement, Boris Johnson wants to talk to the NATO countries about serving as a guarantor of peace. Given that Russia’s demand is for Ukraine to be militarily neutral and not join NATO, a concession Zelenskyy is willing to make, it is unlikely that having a NATO country or a group of NATO countries securing the agreement will be welcomed by Putin. 

Joe Biden wants to have room to talk to Putin and create an off-ramp in case of further escalation, but some House Democrats want to toughen up the measures against Putin and ban oil import. 

John Kerry will be in Monte Carlo, Monaco, between March 20-21, for the Monaco Blue Initiative on ocean climate.

Kerry will visit Paris, France, from Monaco, for the International Energy Agency 2022 Ministerial Meeting on urgent energy security challenges and clean energy transition.

After that, Kerry will travel to Doha, Qatar, on March 25-27 to attend the Doha Forum on the climate crisis.

And that’s a wrap for Friday morning, March 18 2022. Good Morning DC will be back on Monday to bring you the latest first. 

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INTERVIEW

Homecoming With Jason O’Mara

By Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

On a misty, rainy day in London, with the crackle of a mild winter in the air, Jason O’Mara was having breakfast at the Palm Court at The Langham, a historic grande dame hotel where the James Bond “Golden Eye” was filmed. […]

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Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...