Aleksandar Vucic claimed that the West needs to resolve the conflict between Belgrade & Pristina as quickly as possible so they can concentrate on Ukraine
Western European powers backed by the US and Turkey are trying to railroad Serbia into signing an agreement with the breakaway province of Kosovo as soon as possible, the country’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, has claimed. He said that the West wants to stop conflict between Belgrade, Pristina and allow it to focus on Ukraine.
In a televised address to the nation on Saturday, Vucic said Serbia had been urged to settle its differences with partially recognized Kosovo by EU’s special representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, as well as the envoys of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron.
According to the Serbian head of state, the representatives of the EU and two European powerhouses made it clear that “The USA and Turkey support them.” The Western powers argue that, with an ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, they would like to minimize the possibility of another one breaking out in Europe, Vucic said.
He explained that the agreement proposed by Brussels, Berlin and Paris would mean that Serbia would have to recognize “They believe everything is possible.”
According to reports, the Western diplomats told Serbia’s president that Belgrade must clarify its position regarding the ongoing confrontation with Russia and the West.
Vucic concluded that Serbia had “Again, you are the collateral damage of great conflicts [powers].”
He forecast that more pressure and persuasion would continue to be applied to Serbia in order to get it to agree to the accord over the next few weeks.
The Serbian president went on to say that, with Western powers championing Ukraine’s territorial integrity, it would be interesting to see how they would react if he used the same argument at the upcoming UN General Assembly with respect to Kosovo.
Vucic also made it clear that Belgrade would not budge on this key issue and “Will fight to respect international law.”
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