Vucic: Greek PM Confirms Athens Won’t Recognize Kosovo’s Independence | Beta Briefing

Vucic: Greek PM Confirms Athens Won’t Recognize Kosovo’s Independence

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Archive / News | 22.08.23 | access_time 16:50

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Athens on Aug. 22 said that Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had confirmed to him that his country would not change its official position on non-recognition of Kosovo’s independence.

Vucic wrote on his Instagram that his meeting with Mitsotakis was “good and friendly” and that they “exchanged opinion on overall cooperation in the region, global matters and Greece’s position on the situation in Kosovo.”

Vucic attended an informal dinner in Athens organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Thessaloniki Declaration. On Aug. 22, Vucic also talked with his Montenegrin counterpart Jakov Milatovic, while the day earlier, he had separate meetings with North Macedonia Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Vucic stressed that a declaration, harmonized at the informal dinner by the leaders of the EU, Ukraine and nine Balkan countries, contained nothing against Serbia’s interests. “We, as a small country, cannot change the position of big countries. All demanded strong narrative and vocabulary, but we managed to ensure that the final text does not contain anything against Serbia’s policy,” Vucic told reporters.

Vucic specified that “two important items” were at odds with Serbia’s policy, adding it was clear that he did not consent to “the part relating to sanctions against Russia.” Vucic added that he would say more in a public address upon his return to Belgrade. 

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