kosovoPatton Boggs has inked Kosovo to a $1.8M fees/expenses three-year pact designed to bolster U.S. ties, expand connections with international institutions, boost economic development initiatives and promote trade/investment.

Muslim-dominated Kosovo broke away from Serbia in 2008, declaring independence that has been recognized by more than 100 countries. Russian strongman Vladimir Putin used that split to justify its land grab of Crimea.

Critics blast Putin’s comparison as a false equivalency, pointing to the fact that genocide of Kosovars by Serbian government justified that breakaway.

Serbia and Kosovo have been negotiating a deal to normalize relations. The European Union is handling those talks. The fate of majority Serbian enclaves remains the major sticking point between the parties.

PB’s contract with Kosovo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs  runs through February 2017.

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