Kurti on the pressures from the West: We cannot be blackmailed, we will resist

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti at a joint press conference with Jens Stoltenberg / August 17, 2022 / Photo: EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

The Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti in statement for the French agency "AFP" announced that he would oppose "all attempts to blackmail the West regarding the deadline for reaching an agreement with Serbia". These days, the pressure from American and European MPs on Pristina to reach an agreement with Serbia is increasing.

According to Kurti, Kosovo is now facing a deadline to reach some kind of agreement with Serbia in March, despite numerous obstacles and disagreements that negatively affect relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

"The biggest obstacle is Belgrade's insistence and the search for a time machine. They want to go back in time, and that is not possible," Kurti told AFP.

According to him, "Kosovo is an independent country and it is better for Serbia to recognize it", adding that such a move would probably facilitate Belgrade's integration into the European Union. Kurti blamed Serbia for the "deadlock", saying it was "an autocracy that cultivates close ties to Moscow and continues to destabilize South-Eastern Europe".

"AFP" states that Washington is relying on Kurti to yield on key issues and recalls that the US embassy in Pristina this week requested an immediate start of work on the formation of the Security Council.

In addition, the agency points out that Kurti did not attend the meeting at the American embassy, ​​which indicates growing tensions with the United States, as an ally of Kosovo.

"We cannot be blackmailed. We must not be afraid. We are brave people and what we demand is fair treatment, equal treatment and mutual recognition,” Kurti reiterated.

He also said that "it is not fair to put pressure on the most pro-European, pro-American and most democratic country in the Western Balkans," and added that that pressure should be directed at Belgrade.

"France Press" also states that the Serbian president Aleksandar Vuќi. in his address to the citizens he said that he received an ultimatum from the western countries to normalize relations with Kosovo or face measures that will cause great damage to the country.

"At first glance, it seems very improbable that Kurti and Vucic are the leaders who will reach an agreement, and the president of Serbia publicly called his Kosovo counterpart "terrorist scum", states "France Presse".

"I can speak about the views of the president of Serbia, but not about his education," Kurti said then.

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