West pressures Serbia over Kosovo – president

Aleksandar Vucic said the West wants the conflict between Belgrade and Pristina to be resolved as soon as possible to focus on Ukraine

Western European powers backed by the United States and Turkey are trying to get Serbia to sign an agreement with the breakaway province of Kosovo as soon as possible, the country’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, has claimed. The West is eager to end the conflict between Belgrade and Pristina so that it can focus on Ukraine, he added.

In a televised address to the nation on Saturday, Vucic said Serbia had been urged to settle its differences with the partially recognized Kosovo by the EU’s special representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, as well as envoys of the German chancellor. Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron. .

According to the Serbian head of state, the representatives of the EU and two European powers made it clear that “they have the support of the USA and Turkey.“Western powers argue that with one military conflict going on in Ukraine, they would like to downplay the possibility of another breaking out in Europe,” Vucic said.

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He explained that the agreement offered by Brussels, Berlin and Paris would mean that Serbia would have to recognize “everything they think is reality.

Western emissaries also reportedly told the Serbian president that Belgrade should clarify its position on the current confrontation between the West and Russia.

Vucic concluded that Serbia had “once again become collateral damage in the conflicts of the great [powers].”

He predicted that there would be further attempts at persuasion and pressure to force Serbia to accept the proposed deal in the coming weeks.

The Serbian President went on to say that, with Western powers defending the territorial integrity of Ukraine, it would be interesting to see how they would react if he used the same argument at the next United Nations General Assembly regarding Kosovo. .

Vucic also made it clear that Belgrade would not budge on this key issue and “will fight for the respect of international law.


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