Representatives from Kosovo and Serbia signed an agreement with the American embassy Eurowings (airline of the Lufthansa group) yesterday in Berlin to restore direct flights between Prishtina and Belgrade.
"It is an important step which will help to promote the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Prishtina, and will facilitate the movement of people and goods in the western Balkan region."- said NATO Secretary General (who controls Kosovo's airspace), Jens Stoltenberg.
Air connections between Belgrade and Prishtina they were suspended during the Kosovo war and, despite numerous attempts to restore, the two countries have so far never managed to find an agreement, which came thanks to the American "pressure" exerted by the US special representative for the Kosovo talks- Serbia, Richard Grenell.
The President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, welcomed the agreement with Serbia, which in his opinion marks a further step towards the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia:
"For this, on behalf of state institutions and our citizens, I express my deepest gratitude to the US Ambassador to Berlin, Richard Grenell, as well as to President Trump's National Security Advisor, Robert O'Brien, for their contribution in this agreement, which plans to facilitate the movement of people and goods in the future.”- reads the Facebook post of the head of state of Kosovo.
Along the same lines, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama also spoke:
"I welcome today's agreement on air connections Prishtina-Belgrade, which as stated by the NATO secretary general is 'an important step to facilitate the movement of people and goods in the western Balkans'. There are still many steps to be taken on this path, with vision and courage."- reads the Albanian Prime Minister's tweet.
The first positive reactions also came from Serbia, through the statements of President Aleksander Vucic:
"I am grateful to Grenell and O'Brian for the energy and efforts made, as I am grateful to President Trump for the interest shown. It is very difficult to agree on this issue. I want citizens to know how difficult and important it is."- said Vucic.