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Vucic: The west does not guarantee EU membership if we recognise Kosovo

The President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic told Austrian daily Kleine Zeitung that no one offers anything for Kosovo but humiliation.

Asked why is not Serbia ready to recognize Kosovo, Vucic said “what everyone is offering us is nothing.”

“They tell us to recognize the independence of Kosovo and then the road to the EU will be easier – it is a major ‘nothing’. No one can guarantee us EU membership. No one tells us what does Serbia gains in return for recognition of Kosovo, not even the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities or something else. This includes the status of our churches and monasteries,” he said.

He said he cannot speak about what they are discussing, as in that case, negotiations would not have a meaning. He stressed that no one will be able to force Serbia to recognize Kosovo without gaining something.

“We certainly have to live together. We need a compromise and we need to think about the future. I am against some frozen conflict because this leaves our children with the same problem,” Vucic said.

Asked about the Washington Agreement, Vucic said that it was a good agreement.

“I think that the U.S. President Donald Trump and above all, his associates, understand well that better economic relations in the future lead to better political relations. This is a good premise,” he said.

He added that until recently, the United States was the most unpopular country in Serbia, however, this has now changed.

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