The Kosovo government reports its intention to prevent Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić from entering the country after her "racist" comments on Prishtina.
In the escalation of tension in recent days, the Kosovar foreign minister Behgjet Pacolli has accused the head of the Serbian government of "disgusting and unacceptable" comments referring to the sentences pronounced by the Serbian Prime Minister during the delivery of the European Commission report on progress in Belgrade.
"As long as I am Kosovo's foreign minister, I will not allow Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić to enter Kosovo given her racist ideology against the Kosovar people."- wrote Pacolli on Twitter.
The indicted statements
Speaking to journalists in Belgrade on Wednesday, Ana Brnabić expressed herself thus provoking reactions in Kosovo:
"My fear is that we have to face the worst kind of populists, people who literally come from the woods. Some of them are terrorists who committed atrocities during the Kosovo war."- he declared without giving arguments to his thesis.
The Serbian premier did not apologize in the following days for her statements, to which she did not add further explanations. Also for this reason, from Kosovo, reactions are not delayed, in particular by President Hashim Thaçi:
"The racist language used by the prime minister of Serbia, a country that committed genocide and ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, is further proof of the pathological hatred of the current Serbian government against the citizens of Kosovo."- said the president of Kosovo
The whole situation came in a week when the tensions between the two countries had increased due to the discounts between Kosovo police and Serb citizens in the northern area of Kosovo. Clashes provoked by the raid ordered by the Kosovo prosecutor's office and aimed at combating organized crime (including police officers and customs officers).
Kosovo-Serbia: chain reactions
The operation of the Kosovar police was considered a sort of provocation by the Serbs in the northern area of Kosovo, who responded by creating unrest which was followed by exchanges of gunshots.
Nevertheless, what is most worrying is - as 'Internazionale' claims - Belgrade's reaction: President Vučić, in fact, put the army on alert and sent a column of armored vehicles to Kosovo, promising to "protect our people in case of serious threat ".
The very fragile relations between Kosovo and Serbia were again cracked last November when the Kosovar government imposed duties on goods imported from Serbia for 100% of their value. The decision came as a result of Kosovo's failure to enter Interpol, which for the Kosovar government was the result of pressure from the Serbs, who were against the initiative.
The diplomatic situation between the two countries could worsen in the coming weeks, given the statements by President Hashim Thaçi on a possible reunification with Albania:
"If the European Union continues to isolate Kosovo, the possibility of institutional initiatives or a referendum on reunification with Albania will be considered.
This could happen with the adoption of a resolution in parliament or with a referendum in Kosovo and in Albania. If the EU does not want to accept two Albanian states with two flags, then that will accept only one flag."- declared Thaçi.
Immediate statements by the Serbian president, Aleksander Vučić, who - on journalists' microphones in western Serbia - commented on a possible reunification between Albania and Kosovo:
"Serbia will be able to respond in a serious, responsible and determined manner should a referendum be held for a unification between Kosovo and Albania."
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