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U.S. seeks immediate suspension of import tax, warns of consequences (Klan Kosova)

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Klan Kosova is reporting that the U.S. National Security Council and the State Department have worded out their position on current developments in Kosovo, namely with regards to the import tax Kosovo government has imposed on products from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The position of the U.S. administration has been presented in the form of list containing several items, sources said. The first states that the import tariff was introduced without any consultation with the United States. Second, the U.S. expresses “deep disappointment” that even after the President Donald Trump’s letter there was no positive reflection on the part of the Government of Kosovo and that, on the contrary, the tariff’s scope was expanded. “We request immediate suspension of the tariff. The same can be reintroduced in case agreement with Serbia fails,” the third item is reported to state. Under item four, the U.S. says its support to Kosovo is not unconditional and that at present, Kosovo is carrying the burden of dialogue’s failure. “If the tariff is not urgently revoked, the U.S. will suspend assistance in the field of security, respectively support for the KSF,” the following item reads. It also notes that Kosovo-Serbia agreement is not related to the role of the EU and its High Representative Federica Mogherini: “Agreement is a strategic interest of the U.S. and it is therefore unacceptable to put into question this strategic goal by irresponsible actions on the part of Kosovo leaders.” The message concludes by saying that “Kosovo is seriously risking friendship with the U.S. with its irresponsible actions.”  Klan Kosova also reports that it has confirmed the message has been conveyed to relevant institutions of Kosovo through diplomatic channels.

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