Serbia, welcoming the U.S. intention to increase its economic and political presence in the Balkan region, plays along with Donald Trump’s administration in the pre-election period, expecting to receive economic preferences, said Valday Discussion Club expert Artem Kureyev.
Earlier, Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic welcomed the U.S. intention to increase its economic and political presence in the Balkan region after the economic agreement on Kosovo.
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The Serbian delegation, headed by President Aleksandar Vucic, paid a two-day visit to the United States, where it held talks with the prime minister of self-proclaimed Kosovo, Avdulah Hoti, as a result of which the parties signed an economic cooperation agreement on September 4, with the mediation of President Donald Trump.
“What was discussed behind the scenes in Washington is unknown, but Dacic’s work for the U.S. electorate and excessive compliments in Trump’s favor is clearly working something out, because, for so many Serbs, his actions are incomprehensible and unpleasant. One can only assume that Vucic was promised transit to the sea through the same Kosovo and Albania and preferential conditions in ports. Or something equivalent. For that, his team agreed to play Trump in the run-up to the elections,” an RIA Novosti expert said.
“Some clauses of the agreement signed by Belgrade and Pristina in Washington ease the rights of Serbs in northern Kosovo and solve some economic problems between Belgrade and the self-proclaimed republic. But no major breakthrough has been achieved,” Kureev said.
He recalled that the Kosovars and Serbs had negotiated before, for example, through European mediation. “Trump was not the first to sit them down at the negotiating table. Yes, he created an algorithm for signing Serbian-Kosovo agreements “through the lining”, which allows Serbs to avoid any formal recognition of Kosovo. But this method is not new in history,” the expert said.
“So it’s all about PR for the domestic electoral market. The democrats with serious positions in Albania and Kosovo have not succeeded in reconciling, and Trump has achieved a breakthrough. Now he can even count on the Nobel Prize,” the political analyst said.
On Friday, a special representative of the U.S. President Richard Granell said that Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Prize for the agreement signed in Washington by the authorities of Serbia and self-proclaimed Kosovo.