Pristina's Government spokesperson confirmed to N1 there was no decision banning Serbia's officials from visiting Kosovo, just after Ana Brnabic, Serbia’s Prime Minister said in Poznań on Friday that her Kosovo counterpart Ramush Haradinaj told her the information on the ban was fake news.
Brnabic, who attends the Western Balkans Summit in Poland, as a part of the Berlin Process, said earlier she was surprised that the advisors to “the so-called Foreign Minister spread fake news,” adding “she was glad (the news was fake since that reduces tensions in the region.”
Brnabic on Thursday announced counter-measures to Pristina's ban.
Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry reportedly decided on Thursday to forbid all Belgrade’s officials to enter Kosovo for "as long as Serbia's behaviour" remains as it is.
Jetlir Zyberaj, an advisor to Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli, wrote on his Facebook profile the decision was taken “after threats and attacks in the north, (where local Serbs create a majority) and other issues.”
“Due to hybrid threats Serbia makes against Kosovo, constant propaganda and fake news about the country and our people... the Ministry won’t allow any official from Belgrade to visit Kosovo, and all requests will be denied as long as such behaviour continues," Zyberaj wrote.
Some Belgrade officials said they got the news on ban confirmed by Pristina officials on Thursday.
Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Pristina decision to ban Belgrade's officials from visiting Kosovo was a slap in the face of the European Union and the whole international community which shamefully kept silent to Ramush Haradinaj’s and Hashim Thaci’s violations of all civilisation norms for years.
The ban was believed to have followed Kosovo Serbs' closure of business for two days in a protest over the import taxes on goods from Serbia which Pristina introduced last November.
Zyberaj described the move as "the recent attempt to prevent the so-called humanitarian crisis in the Kosovo north with threats to population and orders to close down businesses to meet some Belgrade's political goals."