A few hours after the failure of the talks in Brussels, (Kosovar Prime Minister) Albin Kurti decided to postpone for another 48 hours the implementation of the measure to punish drivers who did not change their Serbian license plates.
Until yesterday, Kurti, known as the “tough negotiator”, quickly slammed on the figurative brakes and even thanked the United States Ambassador Jeffrey Hovenier for his commitment and involvement. “I accept his (Hovenier’s) request to delay for 48 hours the penalty measures for illegal car number plates,” Kurti wrote in a Twitter post, adding that he was happy to work with the US and the EU on finding a solution on the car number plates in the next two days.
After the talks in Brussels crashed, which seriously undermined the confidence that the EU can lead the process with a view of producing a result, the US quickly demonstrated who is in charge in this part of Europe. Once again, this shows that the EU has not been a key player in Kosovo and Metohija for a long time and that the Europeans only received a mandate from America to solve operational and technical issues in coordination with Washington. It became very obvious that Brussels has no influence on Kosovo Albanians, while its influence on Belgrade is quite questionable.
Objectively, Brussels has never been able to decisively influence the Albanians, even though Germany has been trying for years to gain a dominant influence in Kosovo. Those attempts usually ended up with transferring money to various funds, while the USA retained the key role.
For the Kosovar Albanians, the fact that they created so-called Kosovo with the support of the Americans and NATO intervention is important. The political reach of the EU’s influence on Serbia is decreasing because Brussels has put aside EU enlargement plans in recent years. This is the reason why official Belgrade, apart from its declarative readiness to listen and be open to Europe for various talks and negotiations, essentially does not heed messages coming from Brussels, because the EU does not heed the messages coming from Belgrade either.
Experienced diplomat Zoran Milivojević assesses that the failed meeting in Brussels definitely showed that the EU is not able to lead that process, and its mediation in connection with the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue in the coming period is questionable. He also says that the statement issued by the EU’s foreign affairs service does not mention the Brussels Agreement anywhere, which means that Europe’s intention is to redirect this dialogue to the so-called European plan.
“The US wants to show that it has the power of final decision in European interest spheres and is thus validating its dominance over Europe. And that does not only apply to the (Balkan) region, but also to key things that are important for Europe”, says Milivojević.
Commenting on the failure of the negotiations in Brussels, former Serbian Deputy Prime Minister, Nebojsa Čović, says the USA has yet again allowed Europe to get bogged down and show its complete incompetence.
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