Analysts: American foreign policy has changed in a worrying way in relation to Kosovo

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Source: Sputnik

Those familiar with the political situation in Kosovo consider the change in US rhetoric in relation to Kosovo to be worrying and interpret as an apology to Serbia the recent statement by the US ambassador in Belgrade, Christopher Hill, that the NATO bombing of the FRY was a "failure of diplomacy".

Journalist Vudi Xhimshiti calls US Ambassador Hill's statement regarding the NATO bombing a betrayal of American values, Koha reports.

According to Xhimshiti, it is unacceptable to apologize to "the aggressor without seeking responsibility".

"American foreign policy has changed in an extremely disturbing way in relation to Kosovo and is now holding on to double standards," Xhimshiti said.

Xhimshiti said that Hill's statements were actually the official position of the US.

"I don't understand Ambassador Hill's motives, but he still can't apologize to Serbia for the NATO bombing on behalf of the US embassy. Since he has done that, we can accept that this is official US policy which is extremely worrying. It is a kind of apology to Serbia for bombing in 1999 and this is a kind of acceptance of that, a kind of narrative, which Serbia constantly sponsors by presenting itself as a victim of NATO," he said.

Agim Sopi, an expert on political events, assessed that Albanians in the Balkans, apart from not being seen as real factors, often impose themselves as destabilizing factors, while, he added, the same can be said for Serbia.

Sopi said that before the publication of the annex to the Ohrid Agreement, information circulated in the German and Serbian press that the West was offering Serbia great help to become a Balkan power.

"After the changes in Albania in the 90s and after the liberation of Kosovo, the Albanians appeared as two problematic states, absolutely our fault, because we were synonymous with organized crime, corruption, drug trafficking and almost never any good or virtues. We failed to impose ourselves as real factors in the Balkans, but we were often imposed as destabilizing factors and of course the world relies on real policies and on factors that are imposed as a synonym of strength, and in this case it is Serbia. Before the publication of the annex to the Ohrid Agreement, information circulated in the German and Serbian press that the West is offering Serbia extraordinary economic aid to transform itself into a Balkan power," he said.

Political scientist Luleta Aliju said that the United States and Europe were being challenged by major powers such as Russia and China, and that they seemed to be equating the aggressor with the victim.

Aliu added that she was trying to understand this statement by diplomat Hill in the larger picture.

"The US then concluded that an agreement with Serbia could not be negotiated and in the end they bombed it. I am trying to see these tweets by diplomats in the bigger picture. It is not that I am trying to release Hill because of this statement. However, diplomats are diplomats for that. They are trying to soften the sides. In our country it is usually viewed with displeasure. At this moment when the US and Europe are facing the challenge of Russia and China, it is as if they are equating the aggressor with the victim. This is happening because of the return of the great powers, the politics of influence. It is a topic that provokes all countries and the entire world order," Aliu said.

But she believes that the USA and Europe missed the moment when they had to put pressure on Serbia to come to an agreement with Kosovo.

Belgzim Kamberi from the "Musine Kokalari" Institute said that the visit of the American ambassador to Serbia, Christopher Hill, to the "Presevo Valley" represents the return of the American administration's interest in the integration of Albanians in Serbia.

"Even Hill's visit today looks like a kind of interest, a return of the US administration's interest in reviving the integration of Albanians that was blocked and promised since 2001. At that time, there were two goals, the integration of Albanians and economic development. Since the assassination of Djindjic in 2003, it was blocked even after Vucic came to power. If we analyze Hill's words in Presevo and Bujanovac, he showed interest in reviving the integration of Albanians in Serbia," he said.

He believes that the American administration sent a message that the Government of Serbia should do more for the Albanians.

"If we analyze the speech, there are two things. On the one hand, he says that the integration process must be revived, he will talk with Brnabic and Vucic in Belgrade, and on the other hand, he sends a message that the issue of the valley cannot be connected with the process of normalization of Kosovo. Message of the American administration is that Albanians should integrate into Serbia and that the Serbian government should do more," he said.

Kamberi said that in Serbia there was a "duality that sometimes there is a Russophile to give rights to Russia, and sometimes the case of Ukraine is used to say that a sovereign country was attacked by an external force, and you in Kosovo tolerated it."

Kamberi said that when Hilla was asked by reporters if he apologized for the NATO bombing in the former Yugoslavia, he avoided answering.

"He speaks as a diplomat, he speaks from the status of a diplomat. Djuan Topin says that the bombing happened because of the lack of diplomatic will of Serbia. I did not see any sense of shame from Ambassador Hill. I do not see that. However, there is an attempt, as we saw in Ohrid agreement, that the aggressor is not equated with the victim, but there is an attempt to avoid confronting the past for the time being. Hill also says in the interview that it should be viewed from the future. Now, due to the geostrategic interests of the situation, he does not want to talk much about confronting the past. Peace, stability and security are more important now," Kamberi said.