Greece responded if it was recognition of Kosovo – PoliticsEnglish
The Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement outlining Athens’ position on Kosovo’s independence.
Source: Kosovo online
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According to Gazeta Express, Athens’ position on the issue of Kosovo’s independence remains unchanged, namely that the country does not recognize Kosovo’s independence.
The deepening of economic and trade cooperation between Kosovo and Greece and the upcoming visit of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to Pristina have raised concerns among officials in Belgrade and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, because they saw these measures as a possible step towards the recognition of independence.
Despite the development of cooperation between Pristina and Athens, Greece’s position on the independence of Kosovo remains unchanged, it was said in the response of the Greek Foreign Ministry to Gazeta Express.
“As you know, Greece does not recognize Kosovo and its position remains unchanged,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said, as Kosovo reports online. The response indicates that Greece’s attitude towards Kosovo is constructive, referring to the current cooperation in the field of economic development and support for Kosovo in various fields.
Greece is following the constructive approach of Pristina, which has been the host country of the “Kosovo Office for Trade and Economic Affairs in Athens” since 2019, and is cooperating with Kosovo to improve cooperation in various fields. In this spirit, in order to further strengthen our bilateral cooperation and to facilitate the functioning of the Office, without including status aspects, this Office has been renamed “Office for Kosovo Interests in Athens”.
The Greek Foreign Ministry emphasizes that the forthcoming visit of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to Pristina is linked to the establishment of new institutions in Pristina.
“As you know, Minister Dendias will visit Kosovo at the beginning of June after the formation of the new government,” the response said.
Athens also says it supports visa liberalization for Kosovo.
“Greece supports Kosovo on its European path and, in this context, also supports visa liberalization. Greece is also providing a significant number of troops to KFOR,” said the Greek Foreign Ministry.
The Greek Foreign Ministry has expressed its support for the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade with the mediation of the European Union.
“As a long-standing member of the EU and NATO, Greece strives to consolidate peace, democracy and stability, security and economic development and the rule of law in the region. of the Western Balkans, creating good neighborly relations and respecting the fundamental principles Greece strongly supported the European perspective for all partners in the Western Balkans, including Pristina, as well as support for the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, with the ‘EU aid,’ the Greek Foreign Ministry said.