“As head of the Foreign Ministry, I conveyed to the President [Сербии] notes of the four countries that withdrew the recognition of Kosovo,” said Selakovich (quote according to TASS).
The Serbian minister noted that with “this gesture” Serbia wants to give the member states of the Council of Europe a chance not to initiate the procedure for Kosovo’s accession to the organization in June. At the same time, Selakovich did not name the countries that withdrew the recognition of the republic.
The head of the Serbian Foreign Ministry claims that at least “two major countries” are working to provide “logistical support” to Kosovo – he was told about this by local intelligence agencies. “Pristina [столица Косово] showed that it does not respect the obligations assumed and does not seek to resolve the issue through dialogue. We will continue to work on revoking the recognition of Kosovo,” the minister stressed.
On May 12, Kosovo applied to join the Council of Europe, which deals with human rights issues. On this occasion, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić convened a meeting of the National Security Council. The Serbian leader said that Kosovo’s application for membership in the Council of Europe is a violation not only of international law, but of all norms and UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
According to Selakovic, Kosovo cannot join the Council of Europe under the Washington Agreement – the document suggests that Serbia and the self-proclaimed republic should refrain from joining international institutions.
Speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo Glauck Konyufca emphasizedthat what is happening in Ukraine allowed Kosovo to apply for membership in Europe. “The application was needed. Recent developments in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine have created a favorable situation. <...> The conversations that we had recently changed the atmosphere, as did the changes in Kosovo itself, as well as in the international arena, ”said Konyuftsa (quote according to RIA Novosti).
In 2008, Kosovo declared its independence. Serbia considers the republic part of its territory. Kosovo has already achieved recognition from about a hundred states and membership in the IMF, World Bank, EBRD, IOC, FIFA and UEFA. However, so far Pristina has failed to achieve membership in the most important international structures, such as the European Union, the Council of Europe, the WTO and Interpol. Kommersant correspondent in the Balkans Gennady Sysoev thinksthat Kosovo has a “good chance” of gaining membership in the Council of Europe, since two-thirds of the Council’s member states have recognized Kosovo’s independence.
In early May, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic saidthat Serbia’s position worsened even more after Russian President Vladimir Putin compared the recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR with the decision of the European Court on Kosovo, which recognized the independence of the republic. “Our position is difficult, terribly complex, and President Putin’s statements have further complicated it. Politically and economically, it has never been harder for us,” the Serbian leader said.
On April 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres, said that Russia recognized the DPR and LPR, based on the precedent of the Republic of Kosovo. “I remember very well the decision of the International Court of Justice, which says that when exercising the right to self-determination, this or that territory of any state is not obliged to apply for permission to declare its sovereignty to the central authorities of the country,” Putin said.
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