Thaci: We mustn't bring populist decisions which estrange Kosovo from US, Europe

Thaci: We mustn't bring populist decisions which estrange Kosovo from US, Europe

Thaci: We mustn't bring populist decisions which estrange Kosovo from US, Europe Izvor: N1

Hashim Thaci, Kosovo's President, said on Friday that 'populist decisions' like the idea to replace import taxes on Serbia's goods with the 'reciprocity', "allegedly punishes Belgrade but alienates us from Washington and Brussels," the Beta news agency reported.

Speaking to BBC in Serbian, Thaci said that every Kosovo's success was a merit of its institutions, but also a result of cooperation with partners in the US and Europe.

"I can't imagine Kosovo's progress without collaboration with our partners," he said.

Thaci added that the confrontation with Serbia did not help Kosovo in its relations with Washington and Brussels and that the only solution which would be beneficial for all was to reach "a final agreement between the two countries."

Commenting on the current situation in the dialogue with Belgrade Thaci said that “if something happens, it will happen this year. If not, I’m afraid we’ll lose decades."

He added that the last year of the US President Donald Trump’s mandate was the best time for an agreement in the Balkans.

“The renewed US attention to our region is God’s gift for both Kosovo and Serbia, and we must use it,” Thaci said, adding that neither Kosovo nor Serbia could count on the EU membership without a final agreement.

“If that chance is lost, we’ll cry outside Brussels gates, but no one will care,” Thaci added.


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