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Kurti: Serbia is turning itself into Belarus in the Balkans

Kurti: Serbia is turning itself into Belarus in the Balkans

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, stated on Thursday that Kosovo wants the normalization of relations with Serbia, but underlined that there will be no association on ethnic grounds as Belgrade is demanding.

During an interview with VOA in Washington, Kurti said he wants the dialogue process between the two countries to end with mutual recognition.

"There are no steps behind, but Serbia has lagged behind, as it does not admit the crimes it committed in Kosovo and refuses to recognize Kosovo. Biden said there should be full normalization which is centered on mutual recognition. I am ready for mutual recognition, but Serbia is not. The Association of Municipalities did not pass the Constitutional test in Kosovo, as it contradicts 23 articles. "There may be an association, but not on ethnic grounds," said Kurti.

For the Prime Minister of Kosovo, the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union is the only way to the stability of the region, but to achieve this, Serbia must change and distance itself from Moscow's policies.

"Now is the time for the Western Balkans to integrate into the EU, but we have a problem with Serbia joining Russia, as Serbia is transforming itself as a Belarus of the Balkans. "Here, the US has the crucial role to change the situation for the better," said Kurti.

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti is on a visit to the United States during which he met with various lawmakers from both parties as well as with President Biden's Advisor on National Security, Jack Sulivan./ REL

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