Speaking in Serbia, the anti-mainstream Czech President Miloš Zeman said he’d like his goverment to withdraw recognition of the breakaway Kosovo province as an independent state, which would be the first such walkback in Europe.
Zeman expressed his Kosovo wish on Wednesday, during his official visit to Belgrade. He also said that he would discuss the issue with Czech lawmakers when he gets back to Prague.
The president would “ask the Czech government if it’s possible to review the recognition of Kosovo,” his spokesman Jiri Ovčaček wrote on Twitter.Also on rt.com Czech president slams denial of entry for Russian official, calls it ‘stupid provocation’
Should Prague follow through on Zeman’s desire, Czechia would become the first European country to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo, as well as the first EU and NATO member to do so.
This isn’t the first time Zeman has bucked EU and NATO political consensus over an issue. His most notable departures include the migrant crisis and Ukraine, which he called a “mafia state.”Also on rt.com ‘No underwear politics’: Czech president burns giant underpants during press conference (VIDEO)
Kosovo has been under the control of an international peacekeeping force since a NATO war on Yugoslavia 1999, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244. Its provisional government declared independence from Serbia in 2008, and has been recognized by more than 100 countries, mostly US allies.
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Since then, a number of nations have had second thoughts, with more than 10 countires formally revoking recognition.
Five EU countries – Spain, Slovakia, Cyprus, Greece and Romania – are among those who have refused to recognize Kosovo, in addition to Russia, China, and Serbia itself.Also on rt.com US, 4 European states want restart of Serbia-Kosovo talks, say status quo ‘not sustainable’
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