Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday he wouldn't lie people by saying that everything in former Serbia's province of Kosovo was "ours" since "it's neither ours nor theirs as a whole," and reiterated that it wasn't a compromise if "Serbia loses everything and the Albanians get everything," the Beta news agency reported.
Last May, the media quoted Vucic as saying that "in the future, Kosovo will, without my will and not because I will recognise it, become independent on its whole territory."
He also mentioned a demarcation with the Kosovo Albanians, but the Europeans and Pristina had rejected the idea of border changes.
On Thursday, he said that "for me, Kosovo is a part of the Republic of Serbia, but unlike the others, I won't lie to the people, to tell them that everything is ours... I tell people - not everything is ours, but neither is theirs."
Vucic told the pro-government Pink TV that Kosovo Prime Minister-designate Albin Kurti was talking "nonsense" when saying that if he lifted the import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia, he would introduce reciprocal measures to Serbia instead.
He told the Albanians to "get decent and understand that they cannot harass us" because, as he put it, "we don't depend on them, but they depend on us."