“We need a dialogue.” Borrell hailed Kosovo’s decision to delay replacement of Serbian documents – Ukraine news, Politics

Head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell welcomed the decision of the Kosovo government to postpone for a month the replacement of Serbian entry-exit documents and license plates, which became an occasion for exacerbation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Borrell published his reaction to what happened in Twitter.

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“We welcome Kosovo’s decision to postpone the measures until September 1. We expect all barricades to be removed immediately,” Borrell wrote.

He added that outstanding issues should be addressed through EU-facilitated dialogue and a focus on a comprehensive normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

“This is necessary for their path of integration into the EU,” summed up the head of European diplomacy.

REFERENCE. Kosovo seceded from Serbia and declared its independence in 2008. Serbia still does not recognize the independence of the republic. Kosovo has been recognized by 116 countries, including the United States and most EU countries. Among those who refused to recognize the independence of the republic are Ukraine and some EU members: Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Slovakia. Kosovo supports Western sanctions against Russia. Serbia has friendly relations with Moscow. The military of the two countries regularly conduct joint exercises. In addition, in 2019, the Serbian Minister of Defense stated that the country could withdraw from the EU for the sake of Russia.
  • On August 1, Kosovo was about to introduce temporary residence permits for Serbian citizens and start converting cars to Kosovo license plates. Serbia regarded this as oppression and accused the Kosovo authorities of trying to launch a forceful action against the Serbian population.
  • July 31 Serbs block roads in Kosovo, sirens and gunfire could be heard. The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, said that the coming days in the country will be difficult. According to him, aggravation of the situation in Kosovo associated with “Serbian chauvinism”.
  • Embassy of Ukraine in Serbia warned Ukrainians from visiting the southern part of Serbia due to the aggravation of the situation on the border with Kosovo.
  • The NATO-led international force responsible for maintaining stability in Kosovo, the Kosovo Force (KFOR), declared willingness to intervene.
  • President of Serbia Alexander Vucic announced his desire to a peaceful solution conflict with Kosovo.
  • Government of Kosovo agreed to postpone for a month replacement of Serbian documents and license plates.

Natalia Medvedeva

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