Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić expressed his frustration with the rapprochement between Athens and the separatist Albanian authorities in the Kosovo capital of Pristina in an interview.
The latest statements on improving the level of relations between Athens and Pristina are part of a large-scale strategic pressure (in Belgrade), which is not surprising, but is obviously a coordinated action, Vučić said on Serbian television.
According to him, the key for Serbia is not to panic.
“It is important for us not to panic in Serbia,” Vučić said.
“We anticipated that, we knew such things were happening,” he continued, adding that the situation around Kosovo was becoming more complicated.
The Serbian leader cited the possible recognition of Kosovo by Greece and Spain.
He also noted that the Greeks in their relations with Pristina have long exceeded the level of “official liaisons”, especially since Athens opened a trade office there, regardless of the imposition of illegal duties from Pristina to Belgrade.
“It was a surprise for us and we hoped that Greece would not go further,” the president explained.
He also revealed that on Friday the Serbian Ambassador was summoned to the Greek Foreign Ministry and was informed that Athens would continue to develop its relations with Pristina and turn this office into an ‘Office of Interest for Kosovo’.”
Vučić also commented on Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’ visit to Pristina on June 4th.
“For us, this news was disappointing and difficult,” he said, adding: “I do not want to say that this is pressure, I do not want to offend Greece. It is a friendly country.”
“I hope they do not make the wrong decision as Israel did,” the president added.