Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic was required to recognize the independence of the partially recognized Republic of Kosovo at the U.S. talks. This was stated by Serbian Finance Minister Sinisa Mali, TASS reports.
“We have received the worst document since the beginning of negotiations with Pristina. It had 16 points, of which ten implies bilateral recognition,” the representative of Belgrade said. Mali added that any Serb proposals were very aggressive. In addition, the Minister of Finance complained about the small number of economic issues discussed, contrary to what had been promised earlier.
Earlier, Robert O’Brien, assistant to the US President for National Security, said that Vucic and the prime minister of unrecognized Kosovo, Avdulah Hoti, had arrived at the White House for talks on building economic ties.
The Republic of Kosovo is a partially recognized state in the Balkans. The majority of the population are Albanians. Serbia considers the Autonomous Region of Kosovo and Metohia, as the region is called in the constitution, part of its territory.
The independence of the republic was declared by the Kosovo Parliament in 2008. Russia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence.