The Heritage Foundation, an American conservative think tank, advised the new Special Envoy for peace talks between Belgrade and Pristina, Richard Grenell, to “keep eyes wide open when dealing with Serbia” and to “keep working with Europe, not against it,” during his service, ‘Blic’ reported.
“Some Serbian politicians talk a good game about wanting to join the transatlantic community, while continuing to court the Kremlin,” the organisation stated on October 11, explaining that “nothing in the Balkans is easy or straightforward.”
Heritage warned that “tinkering with borders is a bad idea,” advising for Grenell to be patient with Kosovo’s progress and to be aware of Russian interest in the country.
“U.S. policymakers should not forget or ignore that Serbia continues to serve as Russia’s foothold in the region. U.S. policymakers should be conscious of the fact that Serbia is not only no guarantor of stability in the Balkans but still a source of instability,” it said.
The U.S. should “recognize that Serbia is unlikely to join Western structures anytime soon, and that holding out hope for a massive change in the nation’s trajectory is naive,” it the organisation concluded.