US Ambassador Christopher Hill on Friday called Belgrade and Pristina to tone down their statements, warning them that harsh words are not helpful in their relations.
Speaking on the Oko talk show on the Serbian state TV (RTS), Hill said that there is more reason for optimism than pessimism in Belgrade-Pristina relations but added that the current atmosphere is not good. He said he was optimistic that top officials from Serbia and Kosovo would make some progress in their meeting next week. I think it’s important to understand that we expect important meeting under the auspices of the European Union and envoy Miroslav Lajcak next week … despite rising tension, he said.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told Prva TV that he is not optimistic about his meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, adding that he will go to Brussels with the good will to talk and point out dangerous ideas.
According to the ambassador, the future of the Serbian community in Kosovo, their security and whether they want to remain in Kosovo are unavoidable questions, adding that the ideas on establishing the Community of Serb Municipalities is a good approach.
Hill said that the main issue for Serbia at present are the sanctions against Russia which the European Union has imposed but added that it’s up to Serbia and its citizens to decide the issue.