Kosovo wants to be part of EU and NATO, says leader of Serbia’s breakaway province
Kosovo wants to join NATO and the European Union, self-proclaimed Prime Minister Albin Kurti said during a visit to Washington on Wednesday. Serbia’s breakaway province declared independence in 2008 with US support, but was not recognized by Belgrade, the United Nations or even all EU member states.
Kurti made the announcement at a function Event host By the Atlantic Council on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in the day, he met with officials from the Biden administration – including National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan and USAID chief Samantha Power – and several members of Congress.
One of them, Rep. Alyssa Slotkin (D-Michigan) revealed “Unequivocal support” For Kosovo’s desire to join “International and regional organizations, especially NATO.” Kurti Says On Twitter.
Kosovo is a province of Serbia that was temporarily occupied by NATO in 1999 after a 78-day coalition war. Its interim government declared independence in 2008 and has been recognized by the United States and many of its allies, but not Russia, China or Serbia. In short, the five EU members – Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain – did not recognize independence, making Kurti’s EU bid a lengthy order.
Serbian President Alexander Vusic has publicly stated that Belgrade is under intense pressure from the European Union to join the anti-Russian sanctions regime and recognize Kosovo, perhaps one day in exchange for a vague promise to join the bloc.
Kurti is the leader of Vetevendosje, a nationalist ethnic Albanian group opposed to any talks with Serbia, whose platform at one point sought to properly integrate with Albania. The United States backed his ouster in March 2020, just six months after becoming prime minister, but returned after winning a landslide victory in the February 2021 election.
Wednesday’s announcement marks the second time Kurtie has publicly stated Pristina’s political intentions to join the EU and NATO. He first did so in a lecture sponsored by the Albanian Studies program at the University of Chicago on Saturday.
“Kosovo is a democratic success story in the region, which is why it needs support to become a member of NATO, the EU and other regional and international organizations without delay.” According to Albanian media, Kurti told Dipl.
Noting that Kosovo was the first to join the United States and the EU in imposing sanctions on Russia, Kurti argued that it was a “Great Victory” Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Kosovo “Progress” The opposite
Putin, referring to Kosovo’s declaration of independence during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Moscow last month, noted that the United States and its allies had set a precedent in international law that Russia then applied to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.