Vucic: There is a chance that Kosovo's admission to the CoE will be postponed

Aleksandar Vučić
Source: Kosovo Online

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated today that Serbia would continue to fight, despite facing dominant Western powers as opponents, emphasizing that, regarding Kosovo's membership in the Council of Europe, their justifications for this process were the most absurd given that Pristina had not fulfilled the obligation to form the CSM for 11 years.

As he reminded in the Morning News on RTS, all European leaders confirmed that Serbia will not have to fulfill anything until the CSM is formed.

"As for the Council of Europe, what can I tell you. The funniest thing is when you have their explanation that this is a normal process and that it is written somewhere. Well, somewhere it is written that the CSM had to be formed 11 years ago. All European leaders, Scholz, Macron, and Meloni, told me that we don't have to do anything until the CSM is formed, and everyone forgot that," Vucic said.

He expresses the belief that there is a chance, thanks to French efforts, that postponing Kosovo's CoE membership will be considered.

"In any case, it won't be easy. We have sent many papers and official letters to different addresses, and we will continue to do so. They call me from all sides to convince me of something and to make some compromise," Vucic emphasized.

However, he stresses that there is no compromise on that matter.

Vucic says that the vote in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for Kosovo's admission will pass tomorrow, adding that Serbia's main battle is on May 16.

"It will pass tomorrow, and our main battle is on May 16, so we will see if there are any changes," the president said.

He adds that Pristina has now come up with a new trick, which is, as he says, to submit the draft statute of the Community of Serb Municipalities for constitutional review on May 10 so that those who are not sure about voting can find a reason to vote "yes" because they will say they have initiated the process.

Regarding the resolution on genocide in Srebrenica that is to be voted on in the UN, Vucic says that Serbia will become a symbol of resistance and freedom worldwide.

"We will lose, but the strength of our resistance will be so great that even the mighty and aggressive will be surprised," he said.

Commenting on his statement that he will fight to show that Serbs are not the worst and not genocidal people, the president ironically notes that they say the resolution does not concern the people.

"It doesn't concern individuals either because no one is mentioned. I believe they will enthusiastically accept resolutions for genocide on the territory of Serbia during World War II or on the territory of the SFRY. We don't blame anyone, but they will have many opportunities to express themselves, as well as about defeating us for a non-permanent member of the Security Council. There will be a triple difference for us compared to NATO countries in the region. They want to prove that we are a rag they can trample on every time, but we want to show them that we are not a rag, we protect freedom and independence, but we also look to the future, and that is why we will focus on the economy," Vucic said.

Commenting on the world situation and the latest conflicts, Vucic says that the situation will temporarily calm down, and he does not see a long-term solution.

"Things are changing, some resist these changes, we small ones must adhere to international law, and the big ones will continue to fight, and they will fight even stronger. It will calm down now, but in three, four months, I expect the toughest situation in Europe since World War II," he said.

Air Serbia planes will fly to Mostar from Belgrade again after 33 years, and Vucic says that this is in Serbia's interest.

"There is politics in everything, this is a partner country to us, we will talk to partner countries, it is our duty to talk about the economy, it is good for our people and for some people, it is opening a bridge towards Western Herzegovina, predominantly inhabited by Croatians. I believe it is important for them, and that is why they also provided subsidies, just as we provide subsidies," Vucic said.