Serbia will never recognize the independence of Kosovo !!!
Serbia’s Minister of Defense, Aleksandar Vulin, responded harshly to the statement of the German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, who said that Serbia should recognize Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state if it wants to integrate into the EU.
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“Minister Gabriel’s statement confirmed once again that Europe in a way is not interested to see Serbia’s progress and the fact that Serbia is a very successful, democratic society. If membership in Europe depended on these values, we would have been part of EU a long time ago, but it appears that only one thing is requested from it, and that is recognition of the independence of Kosovo and nothing more. Serbia will never recognize the independence of Kosovo, it will never do this as a condition to become part of EU,” Vulin said.
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Serbia's first deputy PM and foreign minister spoke late on Thursday to add that the reality is that the current German government is on its way out.
Serbian FM tells German counterpart to "accept reality"
Ivica Dacic says German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel is the one who should accept reality - rather than Serbia, as Gabriel previously suggested.
"Give him my regards. Farewell, Gabriel, and accept the reality that the current German government is outgoing," Beta agency quoted Dacic as telling the website Insajder.
Dacic did not wish to reply to any more questions because he was abroad, but said Gabriel would have his response on Saturday.
This comes after the German official "conveyed to top officials of Kosovo and Serbia the essence of a legally binding agreement," Beta reported, citing Pristina-based website gazetaexpress.com, which also said the document would have Belgrade "accept Kosovo's independence without formally recognizing it."
According to this, Gabriel presented the proposal on Wednesday in Belgrade and in Pristina "in nuances." He said that Serbia should "accept Kosovo's independence" without mentioning the word "recognition."
“If Serbia wants to move toward the European Union, the building of the rule of law is a primary condition, but naturally also the acceptance of Kosovo’s independence,” he said in Pristina, according to Reuters, and added his country would help to get Kosovo recognized by the five EU member states "that have yet to do so."
Tanjug is also citing the gazetaexpress.com report, to say that Gabriel's proposal is for Serbia to "accept the existence of a state of Kosovo, without an obligation to formally recognize it."
The Albanian language outlet observed that "it seems the idea that has long been mentioned is taking shape at the diplomatic level - that Kosovo and Serbia should model their relations after two Germanys."