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US Congressman urges President Biden: Help Kosovo join NATO
The member of the House of Representatives, the Democrat, Ritchie Torres, has asked the President of the United States, Joe Biden, for Kosovo to become a member of NATO.
In a letter to President Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Congressman Torres said that following the situation created after the Russian occupation of Ukraine, Washington should help Kosovo join NATO.
"Given the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine, security in Europe is critical. It is essential for European security that we continue and expand our partnership through NATO. "Therefore, as one of the strongest allies of the United States, we call on you to step up your efforts to ensure that Kosovo is admitted to NATO as a member state," the letter reads.
He mentioned the sanctions that Kosovo has imposed on Russia following the example of the US and the European Union and said that official Pristina is not immune from Russian aggression.
"Russian aggression is also worrying for Kosovo and because of the already tense relations it has with its neighbor, Serbia. "Serbia continues to move away from the West and closer to Russian ideals," Torres wrote.
Congressman Torres also welcomed the steps taken by Kosovo, citing the request of the Minister of Defense, Armend Mehaj, for Kosovo to join the military alliance, but also the decision of the Assembly of Kosovo for the Government to start negotiations for membership in the Alliance.
"We agree with these actions. As Russia continues to behave as an irrational actor and Serbia strengthens relations with Russia, it is critical to help our ally Kosovo join NATO. "In the rapidly developing security situation in Europe, we must stand by our ally Kosovo and ensure that it quickly joins NATO as a member state," said Congressman Torres at the end of the letter.
Following the outbreak of war in Ukraine on February 24, political leaders in Kosovo have reiterated their intention for Kosovo to become part of the Military Alliance.
During this week, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that he supports Kosovo to become part of NATO, while speaking alongside the President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, who was on an official visit to Ankara.
Osmani has repeatedly stressed that NATO membership is a precondition for peace in the Western Balkans region.
But the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vuiqi,, on February 28 said that he could not assess at the moment how real the risk is for Kosovo to become a member of NATO, but, according to him, the situation "is not at all naive" ./ REL