Belgrade must extradite Milan Radojicic, one of the suspects in the assassination of Kosovo Serb opposition politician in January 2018, adding "it's known who saw Oliver Ivanovic as a stone in a shoe and who liquidated him," Albin Kurti the likely next Kosovo's prime minister said on Monday as quoted by the local KoSSev website, but fell short of naiming anyone.
In an interview with Podgorica's Pobjeda daily, Kurti said that Ivanovic's murder "must be resolved, that all suspects and witnesses must be interviewed," reiterating that Belgrade had to extradite Radoicic.
Ivanovic was gunned down outside his office in the northern part of the divided Mitrovica town, mostly populated by local Serbs, on January 16 last year. Some two months ahead of the assassination, pro-regime media in Serbia branded him a traitor in a campaign for the local elections in Kosovo.
Commenting on the idea of the division of Kosovo, Kurti on Monday said that Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic wanted first to divide Kosovo, and then, together with Croatia, to split Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"All of that would suit Russia, which would, after two failed coup d' état in Montenegro and North Macedonia, return in big style (to the region) with a new armed conflict between Serbia and Kosovo. That eventual conflict could not be localised," Kurti said.
He added that "there is no territory swap without bloodshed."
Speaking about Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci, who he said held secret negotiations with Vucic, Kurti added he believed that Thaci's political career was closing its end.
"Thaci had two years for his, i.e., Vucic's idea on territory swap," Kurti said.
Regarding the resumption of the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations, Kurti said Kosovo's priority would be "the talks about what had been implemented of the agreed deals so far," but reiterated that "dialogue with Brussels about the dialogue with Belgrade" was needed.