In an interview with the Russia Today television, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday he did not advocate the separation with Kosovo along the ethnic lines and that some EU countries had double standards on Kosovo issue.
He said that in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last Tuesday, the two “discussed all important issues on the political scene in the Western Balkans and the entire region of South-East Europe. Also, we discussed our bilateral issues, both political and economic.”
Speaking in English, Vucic added he “felt very comfortable about Putin’s words of further support for Serbia’s territorial integrity,” adding it was not only an issue of Serbia but became an issue for many sovereign states “which were put in jeopardy by unilateral actions of some other territories, people or nations.”
Asked about the partition of Kosovo along the ethnic lines, Vucic denied ever advocating that.“I wasn’t saying that we should do - and I never mentioned that - a sort of partition based on ethnic lines. There’s only one sentence that I have always been saying: we need to find a compromising solution between Serbs and Albanians which means that it cannot be the case that Albanians get everything and Serbs get nothing,” Vucic said.
Earlier he said he favoured the boundary with the Albanians.
Vucic told the RT how his talks with the European Union leaders went about the border with Kosovo.
“When they say to me ‘we don’t want to change the borders’, I say ‘OK, that means that Kosovo is a part of Serbia, there are no border changes.’ Then they tell me ‘no, no, we accept the border changes that we did ten years ago, but you cannot do it even if you agree on that with your Albanian counterparts.”
Vucic commented on an eventual request to Serbia to align its foreign policy with the bloc and join the sanctions the EU imposed on Russia over its annexation of the Crimea and policy in eastern Ukraine.
“First of all, we’ll see whether it will happen. Second, we’ll see in which form that may happen. Third, we’ll see what the European Union will look like in five, six, seven years. That should be our last obligation before we join the EU,” he said.