Belgrade has never recognized the independence of Pristina declared in 2008, a decade after a deadly war between Albanian separatists and Serbian forces, no more than Moscow or Beijing, which deprives Kosovo of an entry into the UN.
Kosovo is the “most democratic, pro-European and optimistic country in the region” of the Western Balkans, Kosovo Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla-Schwarz said on her ministry’s Facebook account, announcing the submission of Pristina’s application for membership.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had warned on May 6 that Serbia would resume its efforts to convince the countries that have recognized Kosovo to renounce this recognition in the event of an attempt at rapprochement with the Council of Europe. He assured Thursday that Belgrade would do its best to “oppose peacefully and diplomatically” to this initiative. “In the coming weeks we will do our best to show that we can fight and save our country,” he told local television.
Kosovo is recognized by a hundred countries, including most Westerners, and recently by Israel.