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Serbian President: We will not recognize Kosovo’s independence and will not agree to its accession to NATO


President Aleksandar Vucic confirmed that he had no intention of signing the “surrender of Serbia”.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday that his country would not recognize Kosovo as an independent state “in any case”, nor would it agree to the young country’s accession to NATO.

Vucic spoke during an interview with a local television about the negotiations that Belgrade is conducting with Pristina and his meeting with the European special envoy for dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, next week, ruling out that the meeting will achieve positive results.

Vucic said, “It is difficult to imagine any progress during the meeting,” reiterating the “negative” Serbian position towards the European proposal to normalize relations between the two parties. But Vucic said Belgrade should nonetheless continue the negotiation process.

The President confirmed that he had no intention of signing the “surrender of Serbia”, adding that it was the duty of Belgrade to understand the current circumstances well. He added: There will be no surrender and there will be no retreat.

Vucic stressed that he had previously stated “unequivocally” that Serbia would not accept Kosovo’s accession to NATO, and would not recognize Kosovo’s independence in any way, noting that Belgrade was ready to make concessions in order to reach a settlement, unlike the Albanians.

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