Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said today that tariffs on products from Serbia would not be abolished unless Serbia recognizes Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state – the Kosovo based medium, RTK reports.
In his speech at the Kosovo Assembly, Haradinaj said: “In our capacity, we will use the rights that we have, we will respect ourselves and those who respect us. The established measures should be permanent until Serbia recognizes us. It is not good for Kosovo to suffer until the independence of Kosovo is recognized”.
Haradinaj further argued that it was impossible to reach an international agreement of mutual recognition given Serbia’s current approach. He called on businesses not to increase product prices as this could bring many problems to them and Kosovo.
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Due to the decision of the Kosovo government to increase customs duties from the previous 10 to 100 per cent, newspapers and milk from central Serbia did not arrive this morning in Kosovska Mitrovica.
On his Twitter account, the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn criticized Pristina’s decision to raise import tariffs on goods from Serbia to 100 per cent.
Also, the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini condemned Pristina’s decision to raise the import tariff on Serbian products to 100 per cent and asked for that decision to be withdrawn, Radio-Television of Serbia reported from Brussels.
President of the Serb List in Kosovo, Goran Rakic, said that the latest measures implemented by Pristina might cause a humanitarian crisis.
In Belgrade, the 100 per cent increase in tariffs is seen as an auto-destructive move, but also as a danger to security in the entire region.
In other news, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met with representatives of Serbs from Kosovo to inform them that Belgrade had information that Albanian troops from the Belvedere and Vrelo military bases were moving toward North Kosovo.
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