Joksimovic: There are no signals indicating that Slovakia will change its stance on Kosovo

Aleksandra Joksimović
Source: Kosovo Online

The director of the Center for Foreign Policy and former Serbian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Aleksandra Joksimovic, pointed out that there are currently no signals indicating that Slovakia might change its stance on Kosovo. She believes that the statement by the outgoing head of Slovakia's Liaison Office in Pristina, Rastislav Kostilnik, suggesting that there might be positive dynamics in relations between Kosovo and Slovakia if the situation changes, could refer to various areas where more intensive cooperation is possible.

Rastislav Kostilnik, who is concluding his five-year mission in Kosovo, mentioned at his farewell reception that he believes that, although the current circumstances are not favorable, Kosovo and Slovakia could potentially make "some progress" in the future, leading to positive dynamics if the situation changes. Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti also attended this reception.

Joksimovic reminds that Slovakia is not the only country that does not recognize Kosovo but maintains a Liaison Office in Pristina, and such "live communication" also occurs with other non-recognizing countries.

"It seems to me that such a statement can be read more as an indication of more intensive cooperation that could occur in areas such as the economy and culture. There are various areas where relations can be intensified. There is constant speculation about whether Slovakia might change its stance on Kosovo, and I believe there are pressures from all sides either to change their decision or to maintain the status quo. Despite the various pressures, these five non-recognizing EU countries have resisted these pressures over the past period and have so far shown no intention of changing their stance, which of course does not mean that there can't be a change in the future," Joksimovic told Kosovo Online.

Commenting on Kurti's presence at the farewell reception of the head of Slovakia's Liaison Office, she says that it is in Pristina's interest to change the decisions of the non-recognizing countries and that in this context, she understands why Kurti appeared at the reception.

"The fact that Slovakia has a Liaison Office means that there is some level of relationship being established between the non-recognizing countries and Pristina. These relations must have some dynamics. Whether personal relationships are cordial or not is not something that can decisively influence a country's foreign policy, as it is formulated elsewhere, and in Slovakia's case, that is certainly Bratislava. Therefore, it is primarily necessary to follow what the Slovak government is saying and thinking on this topic. It seems to me that at this moment, there are no signals indicating that Slovakia might change its decision," Joksimovic concludes.