Kosovo’s PM: I Won’t Trade Our Territory for Serbia’s Recognition

Albin Kurti, Kosovo’s Prime Minister, said on Tuesday (13.07) his country could function without Serbia’s recognition of its independence and that his government would refuse to “pay” for it with its territory or functionality.

In an interview with the European Western Balkans (EWB), he said it would be good for Serbia to recognise Kosovo.

„Of course, I would prefer Serbia to recognise Kosovo, but if it does not do that, we must live without that recognition“, he said.

According to him, Kosovo lived without the recognition of Serbia for 13 years.

„It would be nice to be recognised, but we will not pay for it with the territory or functionality of our state. Kosovo is independent. It is recognised by 26 out of 30 NATO countries, 22 out of 27 EU member states“, he added.

Speaking about Kosovo’s refusal to be part of the regional mini-Schengen initiative, Kurti said that there was no logic to continue with that initiative when a common regional market emerged from the Berlin Process, and Serbia had not yet recognised Kosovo.

The talks between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo on 15.06.2021 failed to make any progress towards the normalization of the relations between the two neighbours.