Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Saturday that the position of US President's Special Envoy for Belgrade and Pristina Richard Grenell was nothing new, adding that the Quinta countries had taken a similar stance.
During a visit to Belgrade on Friday, Grenell said he had "informed his interlocutors in Kosovo" that they had to abolish the tax on goods from Serbia, but that he also "made a request" to Belgrade: for Serbia to suspend the campaign among foreign countries to withdraw their recognition of Kosovo's independence.
"If everyone is for it, we are ready to achieve a moratorium, but then the lobbying of major countries for Kosovo must stop as well as the lobbying for Kosovo's admission to international organizations. The image and attitude of major forces has changed and that pains them. Of the 193 UN member states. 93 recognized Kosovo's independence, 95 do not and five countries are in a fluid state," Dacic noted.
According to Dacic, Grenell's visit is a positive sign, because it emphasizes economic topics and these are useful initiatives. He also noted that it shows that the position of the US administration has changed in the sense of advocating for a compromise solution.
Commenting on Grenell's allegations that the deadline for reaching an agreement has not been set, but that there is not much time, Dacic said that the message was first and foremost addressed to Pristina.
"in essence, the dialogue is currently not being conducted because of the tariffs and there is ever less mention of the Brussels Agreement, which was not implemented by Pristina primarily when it comes to the formation of the Union of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo," Dacic said.