German Chancellor Olaf Schulz, with his statements about recognizing Kosovo, sparked outrage in Belgrade. During his visit to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, on Friday morning, Schulz said of the efforts made by Kosovo and Serbia to join the European Union: “The agreement must eventually also clarify the question of recognition of Kosovo; because it is inconceivable that there are two countries that do not recognize each other become members of the European Union.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic responded violently to this after meeting Schulz in Belgrade: “So you can understand: we do not respond to pressure in this way, someone threatens us and then you have to do something.” From the European Union “heard for the first time today that mutual recognition is required”.
Schulz calmly responded to Vucic’s anger at the joint press conference. “Something is obvious,” he said. “Maybe it will help.”
Vucic said Serbia, which considers Kosovo a breakaway province, “also wants its territorial integrity” like Ukraine. However, we are ready to talk about compromises. Serbia “never gave up on dialogue”. “If you think you should threaten us – we don’t mind. Do your job, and we’ll do our duty.”
Schulz emphasized that his goal is the success of the Western Balkan countries. “Not only in the distant future, but as soon as possible.” It would be very good if this matter could be pushed forward with great courage.
The conflict between Serbia and Kosovo has not been resolved for years and it hinders the prospects of the two Balkan countries joining the European Union. The government in Belgrade does not recognize the former southern Serbian province of Kosovo as an independent state.
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