NewsKosovo PM warns of Serbian threat, calls for EU action

Kosovo PM warns of Serbian threat, calls for EU action

The Prime Minister of Kosovo warns the European Union about Serbia's actions.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo warns the European Union about Serbia's actions.
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7:13 AM EST, March 5, 2024

Kosovo, currently the only Balkan country not in line for European Union membership, may soon see a change in its status. Prime Minister Kurti is voicing concerns over Serbia's aggressive policies and is seeking assistance from the European Union. Since the invasion of Ukraine, there have been instances of Russia conducting hybrid operations within the Balkans.

There are quiet fears that Serbia could spark a conflict. Such an event would pose a significant challenge for NATO, whose forces are deployed in the region, and it would shift global focus away from Ukraine.

Kosovo's Prime Minister has branded Serbia as "the second Russia" and has alerted the West about the dangers of Moscow's hybrid tactics.

"In recent years, Belgrade has mobilized its army near our border four times, sponsored terrorism, and spread lies and false narratives to justify its actions against Kosovo and the region," stated Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

It's important to remember that Belgrade lost control over Kosovo in 1999. Serbians have struggled to come to terms with the loss of this province (now an independent state), which holds historical significance for the country and its people. The memorable battle against the Ottomans in 1448 took place in the Field of Kosovo.

Serbian society is currently divided - they aspire to join the European Union (even being on the candidate list), yet also show support for Russia due to a shared adversary in NATO. The bombings conducted by the Alliance during the civil war remain fresh in the minds of those in Belgrade.

Kosovo seeks European Union support

In his approach to the European Union, Kosovo's Prime Minister is pushing for an acceleration of Kosovo's bid to join the group of candidate countries in light of the direct threat facing his nation, much like the rapid response given to Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia following the Russian invasion in 2022.

At a conference focused on Euro-Atlantic integration in Pristina, the Prime Minister highlighted the risk Serbia poses to the region and suggested the West consider imposing sanctions on Serbia for their aggressive and pro-Russian stance. He advocated for measures against Belgrade similar to those applied to Russia.

"The security threats in the Western Balkans by Serbia should be addressed [...] by recognizing Kosovo as a candidate country for the European Union and by securing Pristina's membership in the Council of Europe," said Prime Minister Albin Kurti.
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