Greece reacts to chief diplomat’s visit to Kosovo: We support visa liberalization, but we will not recognize Kosovo – Latest News
Kosovo and Greece have recently intensified cooperation in several areas.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is expected to arrive in Kosovo next week.
The Greek Foreign Ministry sent an e-mail stating the reasons for this visit, but ruled out the possibility of recognizing Kosovo as a state.
“Foreign Minister Dendias will visit Kosovo in early June for the formation of a new government in Kosovo. We remind you that Greece is supporting Kosovo’s European path and in this context is also supporting visa liberalization. Greece also contributes to Kosovo with a certain number of soldiers within KFOR. “But as you know, Greece does not recognize Kosovo and its position remains unchanged”, it is said in the response of the Greek MFA for RTV Dukagjini.
But the American expert David Phillips says that out of the five non-recognizing EU, Greece is the closest to recognizing Kosovo.
“Greece is very likely to recognize Kosovo, but we can not ignore the close ties between Greece and Serbia,” says Phillips.
But in Kosovo this issue is seen differently.
“Greece also sees its strategic interests. So Greece’s interests are bigger with Serbia than with Kosovo. “But this should not stop our lobbying work with the Greek government,” said Emir Abrashi from Democracy Plus. / Telegrafi /