Serbia Won't Trade Kosovo Recognition for EU Entry

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Bulgaria: Serbia Won't Trade Kosovo Recognition for EU Entry Tomislav Nikolic (L) met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday. Photo by Tanjug

Serbia has no intention of recognizing Kosovo as an independent nation, the country's newly elected President Tomislav Nikolic declared in Moscow on Saturday.

"We can't do that (recognize Kosovo), even if we have to break off our negotiations with the EU because of that," Nikolic said during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"I have never heard that we have to recognize Kosovo as independent before joining the EU," he added, as cited by DPA.

Nikolic has pointed out that it remains his goal to work towards his country's EU membership.

"Serbia is on the road toward the EU. It's a long and uncertain journey. We will organize the country in accordance with the EU rules," he stated, as cited by Tanjug.

Vladimir Putin promised to continue to support Serbia regarding the Kosovo issue. He also promised credit for infrastructure projects, valued at more than USD 800 M.

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#5
malinamartis - 1 Jun 2012 // 10:21:24

Good post

#4
DP - 28 May 2012 // 00:35:06

bogomil,

I am not questioning the facts you just stated, but I am questioning the rational. The Olympic Committee must be acting according to international guidelines based on logic and according to logic if one does not recognize the independent Kosovo one is sticking for the old status quo.

There are much raw national feelings and politics at stake here ...

#3
bogomil - 28 May 2012 // 00:09:38

@ DP

Judo champion Majilinda Kelmendi will compete for Albania after ruling by IOC, which does not recognise Kosovo.. Kosovo's independence is recognised by 80 countries........

the Guardian, 25 May 2012

#2
DP - 27 May 2012 // 17:55:25

Re: bogomil ‘s post

“even the International Olympic Committee doesn"t recognise Kosovo.. If an athlete from "Kosovo" wants to compete in the 2012 Olympics, they have to join the Albanian team..”

Really? On what grounds does the Olympic Committee requires that an athlete from Kosovo has to join the Albanian team ? As far as I remember Kosovo is breaking away from Serbia not from Albania....

Wonder if the Olympic Committee recognises Greater Albania ;)...Hmm...(scratching my head..... )

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bogomil - 27 May 2012 // 11:42:52

even the International Olympic Committee doesn"t recognise Kosovo.. If an athlete from "Kosovo" wants to compete in the 2012 Olympics, they have to join the Albanian team..

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