The ban on the flow of goods, the de facto ban on trade is an uncivilised act, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic says, pleading with Pristina to annul import tariffs on goods from Serbia it has raised to 100 percent, N1 reports.
“Serbia will not retaliate in any way. We won’t stop their lorries or their goods,” Vucic told reporters after the Council for National Security meeting called to decide on Belgarde’s reaction to Pristina’s move.
But, he warned Serbia could not expect any rational decision from Pristina, adding “we have to protect our people (in Kosovo)” and let the world know about unpredictable consequences of Pristina’s move for the region as a whole.
“It must be stopped, and there is no alternative,” Vucic said and asked the Albanians to understand that.
Ahead of the Council meeting, Vucic had talks with the ambassadors of Russia, China and the Quinta countries.
He said he hoped that Quinta member states and the European Commission would tell Pristina that unilateral measures were not acceptable and that they risked an escalation of conflicts and the peace and stability in the region.
Following the Council meeting, Vucic said that all Serbia's institutions would be on alert in case of “further irrational and lunatic” Pristina behaviour.
Earlier, the EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini and the head of the European Union delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi said Pristina’s measure was “a violation of the CEFTA agreement and the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Kosovo.”
They both demanded from Pristina's authorities to immediately revoke the decision.”
The head of Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo said earlier on Wednesday that Pristina decision to increase import taxes on goods from Serbia to 100 percent was “an act of brutal aggression with no relation to the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue," the Beta news agency reported.
Marko Djuric told the state RTS that Pristina’s decision was meant “to force Serbia to some political capitulation and a change of the regime.”