What is the background of the letter of Western politicians addressed to Brussels, London, and Washington and what are its implications?

Beograd Priština
Source: Kosovo Online

A letter sent by more than 50 Western politicians to the officials of the USA, EU, and Great Britain demanding that they be more critical of the authorities in Belgrade, because, as they assessed, the escalating relationship between Serbia and Kosovo lacks pressure on Belgrade, according to the assessment of the interlocutor Kosovo Online, is a part of a special information-political war that is being waged against Serbia. In this way, they believe, it is being asked for additional concessions in the implementation of the Brussels-Ohrid agreements, i.e. the recognition of Kosovo, while at the same time patting Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti on the shoulder.

Among the signatories of the letter sent to Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, and James Cleverley, UK Foreign Minister, are the chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of the US Senate, the chairmen of the Foreign Policy Committees of the parliament of Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, US representatives, several members of the European Parliament, several British parliamentarians...

Rajko Petrovic, the associate of the Institute for European Studies, tells Kosovo Online that this letter is part of a special information-political war that has been intensively and synchronously waged against Serbia in the last few months, with the aim of getting Serbia to recognize Kosovo and impose sanctions on Russia.

"Such actions come at the behest of major Western power centers. This 'leniency' towards Serbia, as the signatories of this letter call it, is a part of the tactics of the Western powers which does not change their strategy, which is for Belgrade to recognize the independence of so-called Kosovo and allow its membership in the United Nations," Petrovic says.

Bearing in mind that the letter refers to Kosovo as a sovereign country and that among the signatories are two members of the Ukrainian Parliament (Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Oleksandr Merezhko and Oleksiy Goncharenko, a member of the Verkhovna Rada),

the question arises whether this is a hint that Ukraine will recognize Kosovo or we are talking about the personal views of the MPs.

Petrovic says that as far as Ukraine is concerned, mutual sympathies on the Pristina-Kyiv route have been growing lately as a result of Albanian support for Ukraine in the conflict with Russia.

"On the other hand, despite the fact that Serbia respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, since the beginning of the conflict, official Kyiv has been pressuring Serbia to impose sanctions on Russia and to provide all kinds of assistance to the Ukrainian forces. It is to be expected that Ukraine, which apparently permanently lost its eastern and southeastern parts, will recognize so-called Kosovo and in that way harmonize its foreign policy with the policy of its Western proteges," Petrovic assesses.

Research associate of the Institute for International Politics and Economy, Aleksandar Mitic, tells Kosovo Online that the letter is actually a coordinated attack on Serbia by leading Western countries with the aim of sending a warning to Belgrade and asking it to make concessions in the implementation of the Brussels-Ohrid agreements.

"The letter showed at least three things. First, it further exposed the Euro-Atlantic actors who are waging an aggressive hybrid war against Serbia and the Serbs. This letter is precisely a part of the hybrid, anti-Serbian malignant arsenal of NATO and EU members, and above all of the USA, Germany, and Great Britain. In this particular case, the presidents of the foreign policy committees of hawkish, anti-Russian regimes in Eastern Europe, such as the Czech Republic and the three Baltic states, were also added, which should not be surprising considering that these are US proxy authorities. It is, therefore, a coordinated attack by the leading countries of the West, behind the scenes, under the guise of "freedom of speech" of their parliaments, but without any hesitation with the full support of the governments of those countries themselves. The goal was to send a warning to Belgrade, but without 'dirtying' official diplomacy," Mitic says.

Secondly, he says that the letter serves to maintain tension during the "collective annual vacation" in Western institutions and to prepare the ground for September and for a new attack on Belgrade, Kosovo Serbs, and Banja Luka.

"It is a clear message that the tactics that have been followed until now will continue. It consists of "quasi pressures" on Pristina - through "terrible slaps on the wrist" for Albin Kurti with the effect of making a mountain out of molehills - while on the other hand, he is awarded in the form of visa liberalization, membership in the Council of Europe and a general approval to sow terror and occupation in northern Kosovo and Metohija. Thirdly, as expected, the letter proves that strategically nothing will change in the attitude of the West towards Kosovo and Metohija. With this letter, Belgrade is asked for additional self-humiliation and concessions in the implementation of the Brussels-Ohrid agreements, Kurti is encouraged and patted on the shoulder, and the West washes its hands for the disastrous results of Kosovo's policy," Mitic says.

Regarding the signature that Merezhko put on this letter, Mitic says that he, as the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament from the ranks of Volodymyr Zelenskyy's party expresses views that are, without any hesitation, established in official Kyiv.

"Kyiv authorities must play to the tune of those who support them in the war, and that means unquestioning alignment with the West's policy regarding Kosovo and Metohija. With that, we are witnessing the extremely negative actions and comments of Ukrainian politicians towards Serbia, and this is a trend that will without a doubt continue," Mitic assesses.

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, said yesterday, regarding the letter, that it stated that only the one in Serbia who recognized Kosovo was good and that he "causes instability because he does not recognize Kosovo and advocates for the Serbs".

"I am proud of that guilt, proud when Kears, Menendez, Torres attack me, and proud when there are some names of people who have always participated in something like that before," Vucic said.

On the other hand, the President and Prime Minister of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani and Albin Kurti, yesterday thanked the signatories of the letter for, as they stated, their "strong support for the sovereignty and democracy of Kosovo", as well as for calling for solidarity with Kosovo.