Prime Minister (PM) of Kosovo Albin Kurti. Photo/REUTERS
BELGRADE – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic accused Kosovo Prime Minister (PM) Albin Kurti of trying to play the victim and described himself as the “new Zelensky”.
Vucic’s statement came on Saturday (14/1/2023) after meeting United States Department of State (US) Advisor Derek Chollet.
“This is a difficult situation for us, all the major powers have recognized Kosovo’s independence, don’t expect anything good and sugar-coated. Not from yesterday, there’s nothing to be surprised about,” Vucic said.
The Serbian president reiterated Belgrade’s stance that it views Kosovo as a breakaway region and considers it an integral part of Serbia.
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Kosovo has received some international recognition, although its claim to independence is supported only by the United States and most of its allies.
Vucic noted that Kurti relentlessly tried to portray himself as a victim of the aggression that Serbia claims to have waged.
“Borders are not defined by Kurti, but by international law. This is one of those desperate messages where he tries to present himself as the victim, as the ‘new Zelensky’, and me as the ‘little Putin’,” Vucic said.
Serbia and Kosovo have been at odds for most of 2022 over Pristina’s plan to ban Belgrade-issued license plates in its jurisdiction.
The controversial initiative fueled repeated tensions between ethnic Serbs and ethnic Albanians in the region.
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