ought to be ‘ashamed’ of Kosovo – Lavrov

34 ought to be ‘ashamed’ of Kosovo – Lavrov

The Russian overseas minister known as out the bloc over occasions in within the breakaway Serbian province

The European Union has completely did not implement its 2013 settlement guaranteeing the rights of Serbs in Kosovo and is permitting the ethnic Albanian authorities to do because it pleases, Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned on Thursday.

Lavrov spoke at a press convention in Moscow in regards to the work of Russian diplomacy in 2023; a query got here up about Kosovo’s newly introduced ban on using the Serbian forex, scheduled to take impact on February 1. 

The EU “ought to be ashamed” of the scenario in Kosovo, Lavrov mentioned, reminding reporters that in 2013 the bloc mediated the ‘Brussels Settlement’ between Belgrade and Pristina, envisioning the institution of a Group of Serb Municipalities and specifying their rights.

“It’s been over ten years and nothing has modified, the deal which the EU claimed as its biggest diplomatic achievement has gone nowhere, and the EU can’t do something about it,” Lavrov mentioned. 

If something, Brussels is now “altering the present agreements” to favor Pristina, in order that “the Serbs would haven’t any rights, or have solely synthetic rights, whereas the true energy rests with the Albanians,” he added.

NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days in 1999 on behalf of ethnic Albanian separatists and subsequently took management of Kosovo as a part of a UN-approved “peacekeeping mission.” The province’s provisional authorities declared independence in 2008, which Serbia has refused to acknowledge.

After the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Pristina authorities started a crackdown on ethnic Serbs. The ethnic Albanian authorities’s newest transfer has been this week’s announcement of the ban on using Serbian dinars. 

“[Ethnic Albanian prime minister Albin] Kurti desires to dam us from paying salaries and pensions to our academics, docs and officers, which might end in an open exodus of Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic mentioned on Wednesday, whereas attending the World Financial Discussion board in Davos.

Vucic has requested Brussels to help the Serb group, to which the EU particular envoy Miroslav Lajcak mentioned the bloc will reply “quickly,” after its specialists end analyzing the scenario, RT Balkans has reported.

The native Serbs now worry that closely armed ethnic Albanian police will begin raiding their outlets and markets to grab items and “contraband” cash. A significant Slovenian-owned financial institution has already introduced it might shut by the top of January, whereas it’s unclear whether or not the Serbian postal financial institution might be allowed to remain open.

“It is a direct assault on our existence,” one native resident instructed RT Balkans, requesting anonymity for safety causes. “God solely is aware of what occurs after February 1.”

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