As Escobar explained, “the measures that are taken or not taken can have consequences that will affect some parts of the relationship between Kosovo and the United States.” “If the mediation mission fails, it will mean that Kosovo is not interested in coordination,” he added, leaving all the responsibility on the self-proclaimed Kosovar prime minister, Albin Kurti. According to Escobar, the US will not support a policy that “does not share the desire for cooperation and coordination.” In such a case, Kosovo may face a constraint on US funding.
The West wants to pretend that the Serbs are protected and do something useful for them
It is also worth remembering the words of the US ambassador to Kosovo, Jeffrey Hovenier, who described the presence of the Kosovar police in the administrative buildings in the Serb part of the province as provocative. In this sense, Washington demanded that Pristina withdraw the security forces. The buildings were seized by Kosovo special forces at the end of May, despite resistance from residents who had boycotted municipal elections held a month earlier. Despite the extremely low turnout (around 3 percent), the elections were declared valid and ethnic Albanians were “elected” as mayors.
Vladimir Krshlyanin, political scientist, former adviser to the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
– After the aggravation of the situation in the northern regions of Kosovo and Metohija, things are coming to a head. For the first time, we see that the major Western countries, led by the United States, have taken an openly critical position towards the Kosovars, even imposing sanctions against the Pristina regime. Of course, everything can be theater, and in a sense it is. Western puppeteers seem to want to use the current situation behind the scenes to strengthen the influence of the European Union and NATO in the Balkans. To do this, we need to get to know Serbia a bit, because it is much bigger and much more important than Kosovo. The West wants to pretend that the Serbs are protected and do something useful for them. But Albin Kurti (prime minister of the self-proclaimed Kosovo) from the very beginning of the events in Ukraine is frankly trying to use the conflict between the West and Russia for his own ends, against Serbia. That is, it is clear that some kind of special track is being prepared for the north of Kosovo, which will be directly controlled by the EU countries or the countries of the Fifth (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, USA, France ) or NATO. , or all of them together .
According to several versions that are already being published, the West will practically take away Pristina’s power over northern Kosovo. That is, in this sense, it will give autonomy to the Pristina Serbs within the region. But this will be accompanied by a strengthened NATO military presence in northern Kosovo: which has already started, and for the first time in many years, the number of KFOR military has increased. In the coming days, of course, it is still possible for outbreaks of discontent to break out in the northern parts of Kosovo: the situation is very heated. But I think overall it will start to cool down. The fact is that Serbia, in the conditions of a sharp confrontation between Russia and the West, is ready to agree to almost any condition, except for the two main ones – the recognition of the independence of Kosovo and the imposition of sanctions against Russia. President Aleksandar Vucic is not going to do this. But what I really don’t like is that he is willing to accept almost everything else.
With the recent events in Kosovo and earlier in Belgrade (we are talking about anti-government protests in the Serbian capital – author’s note), Vučić was warned: do not even dream of changing sides. I don’t know the details yet, but earlier Vucic said that his June 1 meeting with the German chancellor and the French president was very difficult. Obviously they demanded that he do something against Russia. Vučić finds it hard to even think about it: his supporters are mostly patriotic; he would not be forgiven for such a step.
Prepared by Vladislav Shablovsky, Belgrade