Serbia is trying to make the recent tensions in northern Kosovo an issue at the UN Security Council.
Ignoring EU and U.S. demands to resolve the disputes through an EU-led dialogue, Serbia began coordinating with Russia and China to advance the plan for a Security Council meeting on Kosovo.
As a result, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić has held meetings with the Russian and Chinese ambassadors to Serbia, claiming that Serbs in Kosovo are being mistreated.
“I informed Ambassador Chen Bo in detail about the danger of Serbs in Kosovo and about the delicate security situation that affects the stability of the entire region,” he said. “I stressed the need to hold a special session of the UN Security Council so that the entire world public learns about the tensions in Kosovo and the difficult situation of the Serbs,” Vucic wrote on Instagram about the meeting with the Chinese ambassador.
Vucic is avoiding the agreement reached in Brussels and Ohrid for the normalization of relations with Kosovo and is looking for a solution by cooperating with China and Russia in an attempt to be based on Resolution 1244 of the UN Security Council.
“I thanked the People’s Republic of China for its clear and stable position to find a solution within the framework of dialogue and UN Security Council Resolution 1244, as well as for supporting Serbia’s efforts to preserve territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Vucic wrote emphasizing the great efforts to strengthen relations between China and Serbia.
European Union institutions have often expressed concern about such a link between these two countries.
In 2022, the European Parliament had reiterated its concerns about Serbia’s growing dependence on Chinese investments and the volume of loans, and called on Serbian authorities to improve transparency and strengthen legal compliance with Chinese investments and foreign authoritarian regimes.
Prior to the meeting with the Chinese ambassador, Vucic also met with Russian Ambassador Bocan Harchenko.
“I informed the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Bocan Harchenko, about the political, legal and physical violence that Pristina is using against the Serbs in Kosovo and that Serbia is in an extremely difficult situation.” It is precisely for this reason that the Republic of Serbia will request a meeting of the UN Security Council to inform the entire world public about the efforts to jeopardize peace and stability in the Western Balkans,” Vucic wrote.
Serbia, as in this case, has consistently been closer to Eastern than Western countries in shaping its policies./The Geopost/