Serbia has to recognise Kosovo, impose sanctions against Russia

Serbia has to recognise Kosovo, impose sanctions against Russia

Belgrade, April 16, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Milos Mitrovic

Serbia is faced with two very hard preconditions considering its path towards the membership in the European Union. The first is the recognition of Kosovo’s independence and the second – imposing economic sanctions against Russia, German political analyst Bodo Weber warned today.

In the interview to Serbian tabloid Kurir, Weber underlined that Serbia would get demands with reference to “new agreements with Pristina”.

“It’s necessary to recall that the Brussels Agreement is called ‘the first agreement'”, Weber said alluding to the deal that has been reached in April 2013. “But, essentially, these preconditions are not new”, he went on.

“On the one hand, they have been part of the demands which German Chancellor Angela Merkel had intervened with in 2011, which means dismantling parallel institutions in Kosovo. Belgrade had obliged itself, in the second sentence of the Brussels Agreement, that it would not block Kosovo’s membership in the EU. The first (demand) means dismantling the institutions of the Serbian state in the territory of Kosovo; the second is the de facto recognition of the reality of Kosovo’s independence and perhaps even formal recognition at some point”, the German analyst explained.

Weber emphasised that Kosovo remains “the most important factor for Serbia”, in regard to country’s accession process to EU. However, he added that Belgrade would also be faced with other “temptations”, Kurir stated.

“Serbia would not become an EU member even if its relations with Kosovo are fully normalised”, Weber stressed explaining that country cannot remain ‘unreformed’. In his words, Serbian policy towards Russia will depend on whether relations between West and Moscow would normalise, “which is not in sight”.