Vucic: Kurti will not stop with the "Greater Albania" project

Aleksandar Vučić
Source: Print screen/RTS

The policy of creating a "Greater Albania" is a process that will continue; Kurti won't back down from it, and there is no way to stop Kurti on this matter, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated on RTS today.

"Who thinks he'll be persuaded in Brussels not to follow in Enver Hoxha's footsteps... He will continue with that policy. And why is the West silent? That brings us to the key question. They're quiet because they're not interested in the 'Greater Albania' story; that's okay for them. It's unfortunate, but those bad guys are our guys, and we have to try to push back the others until they accept an independent Kosovo, and we have to campaign against Serbia," Vucic said.

He added that Kurti's idol was Adem Demaci, who had spent 28 years in prison in a relatively liberal system.

"They couldn't release him; he was an anti-Serb," Vucic said.

During the weekend, the President of Serbia will be in Budapest, where he will also meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Turkey is a regional powerhouse, and I believe that the discussions in Budapest will be a step towards improving our relations. It's true that sending two plus two vehicles with Bayraktars has strained relations. I spoke with President Erdogan about it over the phone, and I believe this meeting will be a further step in improving relations, and we'll host the Turkish president in Belgrade as soon as possible," Vucic said.

He announced that he would travel to Brussels from Budapest.

He said that from the next week onwards, he expected the most significant pressure on Serbia so far regarding the imposition of sanctions on Russia, and he also mentioned that there was an organized campaign against him to isolate him.

Recalling that in recent days, articles blaming him for everything have appeared in all global media, Vucic said that they were essentially accusing Serbia of everything and asked what had happened, what anyone from Serbia had said.

"Nothing, but this is an organized campaign, preparing for what will come from next week. I expect significant and severe pressure regarding sanctions on Russia, the toughest yet," the president said.

They claim that "Vucic is to blame" for everything, and in that sense, he says they blamed him even for the incident where Red Star fans displayed a banner reading "When the Serbian Army Returns to Kosovo" during a match he attended.

"That's a crime while creating 'Greater Albania' isn't, and I'm blamed for it. This shows the extent of the madness and paranoia we've reached in the world and in our relations with smaller nations, that they can't pursue an independent policy. We'll continue to do our best not to change our policy," he said.

The President of Serbia mentioned that after the escalation in northern Kosovo, he received calls from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron, and he said that he had expressed his frustration during that meeting as they had offered something that seemed impossible.

"The Serbs didn't want to participate in the elections; I supported them, and they said the condition is for Serbs to participate. I didn't answer 'no'; I said it would be difficult, but I would talk to the Serbs," Vucic said.

He mentioned that Serbs were being asked to fulfill the condition from the Brussels Agreement regarding the participation of Serbs in elections for the fifth time, while the CSM had not been formed for ten years.

"That's how they do it, they indulge them, and at any moment, they say sanctions against Serbia are ready, and when you ask why, they say they're ready. They're ready because they're afraid of Kurti's bots and political retirees like Alicia Kearns and Bob Menendez, who are leading a campaign against me and have built their entire careers on hatred toward Serbs and love for Albanians," he emphasized.

As he said, all of it is to show that, regarding this issue, nothing principled can be heard from the international community.

"I expect the most severe pressure so far in the coming days, weeks, by the end of August, beginning of September. We'll try to preserve our position; whether we'll succeed or not, we'll see. The policy must have principles; we'll try to preserve the fairness of our policy, whether we'll succeed remains to be seen," Vucic said.