Relations between EU and Serbia appear to be ‘marriage starting with adultery’ – Russia


Brussels presents Belgrade “bright future” whereas “committing anti-Serbian provocations,” a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman mentioned

The EU is betraying Serbia by providing the prospect of accession to Kosovo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has mentioned.

A summit between the bloc and Western Balkan states early this month has been adopted by a spike in tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, she wrote in a Telegram put up on Sunday, suggesting that Brussels’ actions could have performed a job in aggravating the scenario.

At the summit within the Albanian capital of Tirana on December 6, Brussels acknowledged that each Serbia and its breakaway area of Kosovo have a “European perspective.” Per week later, Kosovo authorities arrested an ethnic Serbian former police officer, sparking protests amongst Kosovo Serbs.

As tensions had been nonetheless working excessive on the streets of Kosovo cities, its prime minister, Albin Kurti, formally utilized for EU membership, Zakharova famous, including that “a political process has been launched.”

An identical prospect of becoming a member of NATO allegedly prompted the previous Georgian president, Mikhail Saakashvili, to assault Abkhazia and South Ossetia, in addition to Russian peacekeepers stationed there again in 2008, Zakharova mentioned, calling it an “inspired impunity mechanism” on the a part of the West.

“The EU is leading Belgrade to a ‘bright future’ on one hand while committing anti-Serbian provocations with the other,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman claimed. “This is betrayal from the outset,” she added, evaluating relations between Brussels and Belgrade to “a marriage that starts with adultery.”

NATO seized Kosovo from Serbia in 1999, following the bombing of the nation. The EU and US proceed to assist the breakaway area’s independence, which was unilaterally declared by Kosovo in 2008. Serbia continues to view the area as a part of its territory.

The most up-to-date standoff between Belgrade and Pristina follows a significant deployment of ethnic Albanian cops in areas populated by ethnic Serb majorities. It adopted the arrest of an ex-cop accused of attacking an ethnically Albanian patrol. The escalation got here simply weeks after the EU persuaded Pristina to again down from a plan to ban Serbian license plates.

Belgrade has accused the West of ignoring the grievances of Kosovo Serbs and noticing them solely “when they are on the barricades,” whereas additionally calling on Kosovo Serbs to stay peaceable and never rise to provocation. The present Kosovo authorities insists it could actually solely talk about full recognition with Belgrade, one thing Serbia has continued to refuse.

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