This was told to Belgrade based daily Danas by representatives of diplomatic circles from the West, referring to the meetings that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had on the sidelines of the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York these days.
Danas writes that according to diplomats, US officials – Assistant Secretary of State Philipe Reeker and Special Envoy for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer conveyed to Vucic that the next phase of negotiations, which should begin after the election of a new convocation of the Kosovo government, “requires the joint involvement of the US, and other players, including Germany and France, and it is possible, even Russia.”
“Reeker and Palmer, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom Vucic met in New York, do not abandon the view that it is necessary for Serbia to recognize Kosovo. In turn, to the official Belgrade, the West promises economic assistance and faster entry into the European Union, but on the condition that Serbia distance itself from Russia. On the other hand, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is not giving up on the idea of Kosovo’s partition, which is unacceptable to Germany,” sources told Danas.
“There is no doubt that Pristina will abolish taxes after the elections, but such a move will not have much effect on the sale of Serbian goods in Kosovo, as this empty space has been filled by producers from other countries. Also, every product in Kosovo must have a flag on the country of origin, so it will psychologically affect the less purchasing of goods from Serbia than before,” said interlocutors of Danas.