Russia's reaction to the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence
The struggle between the President and Prime Minister of Kosovo over control of foreign and domestic policy widened on Monday after Prime Minister Albin Kurti at the last minute refused to attend a meeting summoned by President Hashim Thaci to discuss key policies. Thaci had invited in separate meetings all the Kosovo political leaders.
He said he was certain that President Vladimir Putin had not been informed of this action, and that Serbia has friendly relations with the Russian Federation.
He reiterated that Serbia does not forget what Putin did for Serbia in international organizations, nor his support in equipping Serbian military.
Serbian Foreign Affairs Chief added that we can expect new arrivals of international officials to Serbia at the end of August, offering new initiatives concerning Kosovo issue. Dacic reiterated that USA avoid exerting pressure on Serbia as they are aware that the problem is not in Belgrade, but in Pristina.
In the capacity of Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Borrell publicly opposed Kosovo independence.
This daily recalls that in the last two mandates, the person who took up the intermediary role in the dialogue between Belgrade and Prishtina was exactly the person in charge o EU foreign policy.
Borrell would in this capacity replace Federica Mogherini.
Disagreements between Kosovo leaders over the 100-per-cent tariffs on imports from Serbia and Bosnia are damaging the country's negotiating position with Serbia, some experts say.
"Clashes between the Prime Minister and the President create the need for an internal deal [on the issue of tariffs]," a Pristina-based journalist, Agron Halitaj, told BIRN.