Serbia and Bulgaria have excellent relations, and the latest developments and statements by the officials of both countries are only temporary misunderstandings, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday.
"Bulgaria has recognised the independence of Kosovo, Serbia does not recognise it, and those are the differences between us. We have good relations regarding everything else, this is a temporary misunderstanding,” Vucic said, announcing that he will talk to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and President Rumen Radov next week.
“We have members of the Bulgarian minority in Serbia and I wish that they feel like home," he said at a press conference following a visit by primary school children from northern Kosovo to the Presidency.
He added that he would personally advocate for "returning onto the track of good relations" with Bulgaria as soon as possible.
Serbia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic recently told Borissov to respect the European Union's position on Kosovo's independence rather than to "deliver lessons" to newly elected European foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
Dacic was reacting to Borissov’s comment that the Spanish diplomat should represent the EU's interests regarding Kosovo's independence and not those of his own country, which does not recognise Kosovo’s sovereignty. Dacic said the EU position "is not that Kosovo is independent."
"Boyko, you have to respect the attitude of the EU, not preach to Borrell. How does that look? That is disrespectful. That hypocrisy is what is most unnerving for me, I’ve had enough of it," Dacic said.
Bulgarian media wrote that Serbia’s Ambassador in Sofia will be summoned for a meeting with Bulgaria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva because of Dacic’s statement.