Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj said that if the US wants his resignation, he will resign immediately, but the tariffs will not be abolished even at their request.
"Should an American come and say ‘Ramush, will you resign,’ I would resign, but I won’t vote for the abolition of tariffs on Serbian products. I said it once, and I'm not changing my story,” Haradinaj told the Radio Television Kosovo.
He added he does not believe the US would withdraw their forces from the Bonstil base because of the tariffs, but they could do so if the security situation changes.
"If the US plans to shut down the Bonstil base, they will do so with or without the tariffs, but if they have no pull-out plans, then they’ll stay," the Prime Minister said. "But rest assured, they won’t do that. Not because of the tariffs."
Without mentioning him directly, Haradinaj implied that the Kosovo President Hashim Thaci is a threat to Kosovo’s territory from within.
Asked why he rejected the US’ request to suspend the tariffs, Haradinaj said he would not back down before Russia and Serbia.
He added that there is a widespread belief that some draft agreement between Kosovo and Serbia exists, but that he knows nothing about such a deal and that tariffs will not be abolished before Serbia recognises Kosovo.
Pristina authorities introduced 100 percent import tariffs for the goods from Bosnia and Serbia in late November last year in response to what Kosovo official said was Serbia's “aggressive campaign against Kosovo in the international stage.”
The decision came a day after Bosnia and Serbia failed to support Kosovo's membership in the Interpol, but this was never cited as an official reason to introduce the taxes.