Foreign Minister of Kosovo Donika Gerwal on Thursday, May 12, will apply for membership of the unrecognized entity in the Council of Europe. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke about this on the sidelines of a meeting between the leaders of the Western Balkans and the EU leadership in Brussels.
“During the meeting tonight, Mrs. Gerwala confirmed that they will apply tomorrow for the membership of the so-called Kosovo in the Council of Europe. This is a violation not only of international law, but also of all norms and UN Security Council Resolution 1244,” Vucic told reporters on May 11.
According to the Serbian newspaper Blic, it is expected that, in connection with the data received, Vucic will convene a meeting of the National Security Council of the republic.
“We will schedule a meeting of the Security Council in the next 36 hours and begin to respond politically. Everything will not be as easy as they imagined, ”Vucic is quoted as saying.
Earlier, on May 6, the Serbian leader noted that Western countries would put even more pressure and demand that Belgrade recognize the independence of Kosovo in order to deprive Russian President Vladimir Putin of the argument about the analogy with Ukraine. According to Vučić, now Serbia is in the greatest problem.
On May 5, Vucic said that Putin’s statement about the analogy between the situation in Kosovo and in the Donbass only complicated Serbia’s position. In his words, politically and economically, “it has never been harder.”
The day before, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that all the countries of the Western Balkans should join the European Union, including Kosovo.
On March 18, the Serbian President condemned the double standards of the West in relation to Kosovo. He recalled the tough decisions taken without the decision of the UN Security Council to the detriment of Serbia.
In September 2021, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova noted that Russia was alarmed by the growing tension in Kosovo provoked by the irresponsible actions of the Kosovo-Albanian authorities. According to her, the actions of Pristina do not receive a proper assessment either from Brussels or from Washington.
In 2008, Kosovo-Albanian structures in Pristina declared independence from Serbia. According to the Serbian constitution, the territory of the unrecognized state is an autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija within the country. The republic is not recognized by dozens of countries, including Russia, China, Spain and Greece.