Defense Minister: Serbia will Never Recognize Kosovo’s Independence | Beta Briefing

Defense Minister: Serbia will Never Recognize Kosovo’s Independence

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News / Politics | 31.01.24 | access_time 14:48

Milos Vucevic, Belgrade, July 24 2023.(BETAPHOTO/Defense Ministry/Darimir Banda)

Serbian Defense Minister Milos Vucevic pledged on Jan. 31 that Serbia would never recognize the independence of Kosovo and Metohija, even if it meant there were no Serbs in that territory.

In an interview with the Happy TV, the defense minister underlined that allowing someone to pass through Serbia with a personal document issued in Pristina in no way signified the recognition of Kosovo and Metohija as an independent state.

"If a ban on the use of Serbian dinar in Kosovo goes into effect today, it is a message to the Serbs that they cannot survive... We will never recognize the independence of Kosovo, and will fight for our territory and our people, but it is terribly difficult," said Vucevic, adding that the impression was created that only bad news came from Kosovo and Metohija,  because the regime in Pristina enjoyed the support of major powers.

"(President of Serbia Aleksandar) Vucic is protecting the interests of Serbia in the best possible way, and (Kosovo Prime Minister Albin) Kurti has been encouraged to involve us in conflicts. Kurti is making a historical mistake, exercising violence against the Serbian minority, which is unsustainable in the long run, and will backfire on him. And the license plates Serbia allowed will do us no harm. It's not a success, but it's not that much damaging either," Vucevic noted.

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