Moscow decisively condemns the antics of Kosovo’s authorities in regards to the actions of Kosovan special operations forces in areas with a Serbian population in the northern part of the self-proclaimed republic, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.
Moscow views the statement made by Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama on unification of the country with Kosovo as absolutely unacceptable, official spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said in a comment.
“We consider the statement of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on the unification of Albania and Kosovo as absolutely unacceptable. Promotion of ‘Greater Albania’ creation plans grossly contradicts provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and undermines stability in the region,” Zakharova said.
It is particularly strange to here that violation of the document that is fundamental for Kosovo settlement “is declared as the key goal in the political career of the leader in one of countries in the Balkan Region,” the spokeswoman noted. “Such detrimental cases absolutely do not fit the context of cooperative efforts of Belgrade and Tirana on creation of a common market, undertaken by them in the context of the Open Balkans regional initiative, the joint one with Skopje,” she said.
“We look forward to an appropriate response of Western tutors of the Kosovo ‘nation-building’ project to this brazen provocation. We are highly surprised they miss such undermining calls, while they direct criticism against Belgrade in connection of its ‘Serbian world’ humanitarian concept, justified and consistent with the international law,” Zakharova noted.
Tensions on the Serbian-Kosovo border have rapidly escalated, threatening to spiral into a renewed conflict in the Balkans. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has ordered military and police units on heightened alert after Kosovo Serbs initiated protests against Pristina’s new vehicle license plates requirements and blocked the border crossings at Jarinje and Brnjak, in northern Kosovo. The area is mainly populated by minority ethnic Serbs, who reject the authority of the ethnic-Albanian-led government in Pristina.
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Albania and Kosovo have accepted a US request to temporarily take in Afghan refugees seeking visas to enter the United States, the country two countries said on Sunday (15 August).
- The EU-sponsored dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia is entering a critical phase: it is unclear whether the parties will agree on a new agenda or continue to discuss old issues.
- Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti aims to set a new agenda for the dialogue and to place Kosovo on an equal footing with Serbia.
- The solution to the dispute between Kosovo and Serbia should be to create a societal consensus on both sides of the border.
- Kurti prefers not to prioritise the dialogue, but it is not in his interest to delay it – as this would only benefit Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
- Kosovo’s leadership should take greater responsibility for the Kosovo Serb community and provide services in areas such as healthcare and education, which are currently in the hands of the so-called ‘parallel structures’.
- The leadership should avoid linking this provision of services to any future Serbian concessions on Kosovo’s status.
- An internal dialogue would be the best way to address contentious, politicised issues such as the status of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo.
El partido Vetevendosje! (autodeterminación, en albanés) consiguió el 48% de los votos en las elecciones parlamentarias de Kosovo celebradas el 14 de febrero. La nueva formación derrotó ampliamente a los dos partidos que han dominado la arena política desde el fin de la guerra (1998-1999): el Partido Democrático de Kosovo (PDK) y la Liga Democrática de Kosovo (LDK). Vetevendosje! podrá gobernar en solitario y promete acabar con la corrupción, una renovación democrática y un cambio generacional, tan ilusionante para los jóvenes como preocupante para Europa. Su triunfo refleja el agotamiento con el statu quo y evidencia los límites de la supervisión internacional de Kosovo.
In March 2020, under pressure from the Trump administration, the coalition government of Albin Kurti’s Movement for Self-Determination (LVV) in Kosovo collapsed in what some have seen as a political coup.
This week on War & Peace, Crisis Group’s Balkan expert Marko Prelec joins Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope to discuss why the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue has stalled, why the status quo is untenable and how to change it.