The State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Gabriel Escobar, told Al Jazeera Balkans that Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic would enjoy the US support as long as he continued to follow the European path.
„Our relationship with Serbia is neither good nor bad; it is complicated. I hope that this ‘partnership in development, which we have with Serbia, will help stability in the region,“ Escobar said, answering the question of whether Serbia was a destabilising factor in the region.
He added there would be no new war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
„There will be no war in BiH, and I don’t know why people are talking about war“ They should be talking about economic development. When people go to the polls, I think they have clear options between those who want to continue the ethnic divisions of the 1990s and those who wish to move forward,“ Escobar added.
Asked whether the US was creating a package of sanctions for officials in BiH, he said that no one was talking about sanctions yet.
„Sanctions can be directed against individuals, but we are still in the phase of the dialogue,“ Escobar said, warning that the entities did not have the constitutional authority to withdraw from the institutions unilaterally.
Escobar said the Montenegro authorities had US support. „I hope that they (Montenegro’s authorities) will continue to reject the voices that distance them from Europe,“ he added.
Escobar has not yet officially announced his first visit to the region but said he is currently talking to some officials about the situation in the area and how the region can move forward.