Borrell warns that Pristina could face sanctions

Diplomatic sources claim that the European Union High Representative Josep Borrell’s team put together a package of measures directed against Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti’s government for lacking the political will to de-escalate the situation in majority-Serb northern municipalities – Radio Free Europe reports.

The unnamed sources are reported to have said that the measures include a ban on inviting officials from Pristina to high-level events and on bilateral visits to Kosovo except those intended to help resolve the crisis as well as a reduced presence at events linked to financial cooperation with the EU.

The measures also include an end to significant EU financing starting with a suspension of the proposals submitted by the Kosovo government at the latest meeting of the Western Balkans Investment Fund as well as a suspension of activities by some sub-committees within the framework of the Stabilization and Association Agreement.

European Commission Spokesman Peter Stano confirmed that Borrell’s cabinet has sent EU member states copies of the draft measures which will be implemented unless Kurti takes immediate, adequate steps to de-escalate the situation and lower tensions.

RFE said that diplomatic sources indicated that some EU member states have already imposed measures similar to Borrell’s package of measures.

The EU called Pristina to invest effort to de-escalate the situation in the north after newly-elected ethnic Albanian mayors were escorted to their offices by the police, provoking riots by local Serbs in northern municipalities. The EU warned that it would take measures against politicians refusing to help calm the situation.

(Politika, 14.06.2023)

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