Milivojevic: Kurti falsifies the content of the conversation with the representatives of the USA due to his bad reputation there
Albin Kurti wants to show that there is no danger for his politics, he has a final saying and he is respected. This is part of his understanding of politics, which as a rule is extreme, former diplomat Zoran Milivojevic tells Kosovo Online, commenting that Kurti's statement about the telephone conversation with State Department adviser Derek Chollet was completely different from what Chollet said.
Namely, Chollet stated that during yesterday's conversation, he asked Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti to postpone the decision on license plates. He also said that the main topic of the conversation was avoiding further escalation, as well as that the door should be left open for the return of Kosovo Serbs to the institutions.
Kurti, however, did not mention any of this in his post on Twitter regarding the conversation with Chollet. He said that he discussed with him the necessity of an agreement on the complete normalization of relations with Serbia centered on mutual recognition, with a focus on the security situation in Kosovo along with the rule of law.
This interpretation of the conversation by Kurti, according to Milivojevic, has to do with his style of ruling, but also with his attempt to present himself and the whole situation in a different way, with the message that nothing new is happening here and that he is keeping things under control, which is all intended for internal use.
"What Chollet said about the conversation with Kurti was true. That conversation was most certainly on the topic of November 21, and America's demand from Kosovo to change its position regarding the application of a unilateral measure regarding license plates and that on the 21st, Pristina refrains from collecting fines. And Kurti's statement is a message for internal use - that he is the one who will not give up his policy even though the situation is not favorable for him. If Kurti does not interpret the truth about the conversations he has with American officials, it already says that he does not have a good position there," Milivojevic believes.
As he points out, Washington itself is very active towards Kurti's key political rivals who are currently in the US.
"It is obvious that Washington is not satisfied with the way Kurti’s rules and his politics. They are actively working with the opposition and the ground is being prepared for the unification of the opposition and the creation of an environment that would lead to extraordinary elections or to some situation that would undermine the dominant position of the party Self-Determination. They are plotting against him, but they won't do it the way Grenell did it back in the day, and they don't have the opportunities that Grenell had then. They want to get rid of Kurti, but they don't want to call into question Kosovo as a 'state ruled by a political system that acts in a democratic way'. That is why it should be a fall that corresponds to the norms of a democratic system and in a way that would not show that the US controls the matter," says Milivojevic.
As a key point, our interlocutor points out that it definitely became clear to the Americans that the matter has gone too far and that it cannot be done without Serbia.
"Dissatisfaction with Kurti's policy has its source in the fact that without Serbia it is not possible and the Serbian position must be respected. The Americans have the task of making it known that they are the ones whose saying is last in relation to the Europeans and that the Serbian side cannot be avoided," Milivojevic points out.
By the way, this is not the first time that Kurti's announcements about the content of conversations with foreign officials differ from what his interlocutors have announced.
Also, the gaffe of his deputy Besnik Bislimi regarding the conversation with the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Bjørn Berge was remembered. Bislimi then announced that Berge "welcomed Kosovo's initiative" to apply for membership in the Council of Europe, which Berge denied.
"Unfortunately, this was not an accurate description of what I stated at the meeting regarding a possible application to the Council of Europe," Berge said at the time.