President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, received for a farewell meeting the head of EULEX, Alexandra Papadopoulou. Thaci thanked Papadopoulou for her “wonderful” work in Kosovo and said that the cooperation between Kosovo authorities and the EU rule of law mission has been “excellent”.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Thaci said: “This shows Kosovo’s journey will be coordinated with European Union authorities with our clear vision to have visa liberalisation as soon as possible and concrete European perspective.”
Thaci also commented on the leaked telephone conversation Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev had with two Russian comedians who he believed were then President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. in the leaked transcript of the conversation, Zaev is reported to have expressed concern over what he said were land swap plans by presidents of Kosovo and Serbia, Thaci and Vucic, backed by Moscow.
Thaci said Zaev telephoned him and apologized. “I had a twenty minute telephone conversation with Prime Minister Zaev. Prime Minister Zaev called me as President of the Republic of Kosovo to clarify about what he said to the people that phoned him up. He told me very clearly that he was a victim of deceit and that what he said about allegedly Kosovo municipalities being given to Serbia was based on rumours, disinformation, and information from Sputnik media and Russian rumours. This is what he told me and he apologised to me personally and to Kosovo,” Thaci said today at a press conference.