May 19. 2024. 1:31

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Serbia gives definite ‘no’ to Kosovo recognition, NATO accession

Serbia will not agree to Kosovo joining NATO, nor will it recognise Kosovo in any way, President Aleksandar Vucic told the TV show Ćirilica.

On Ćirilica, Vucic spoke of the upcoming round of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, his meeting with EU Special Representative for the Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak next week as well as of Lajcak’s current meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

“I can hardly imagine any progress being made in that meeting. I am almost positive that Kurti will not be forming the Serbian Municipalities Association. Kurti is being encouraged to continue disregarding previous commitments”, Vucic said.

Regarding the European proposal for the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, Vucic reiterated his negative view of the plan but confirmed that Serbia must remain in the negotiation process.

“I have no intention of signing Serbia’s capitulation. But we need to be aware of the circumstances. There will be no surrender, no capitulation. I have undoubtedly made it clear that Serbia will not agree to Kosovo joining NATO, nor will we recognise Kosovo in any way”, Vucic said.

“Serbia is ready to make many compromises. The Albanians, in my opinion, are not”, he added.

( | Bojana Zimonjić Jelisavac)