"Serbia must recognize Kosovo to join NATO"
BELGRADE -- Russian Permanent Representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin says Serbia will not join NATO until it has recognized the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo.
"I would like to stress that, in order to join NATO, Belgrade first needs to recognize the independence of Kosovo. One without the other is impossible. Moscow is worried that Serbia could change its position on Kosovo in order to join NATO, and thus bring Russia into an awkward and unpleasant situation," Rogozin stressed.
He said that Serbia cannot count on obtaining the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP), since joining NATO is impossible due to the current situation with Kosovo.
"The NATO Statute forbids membership to those countries that have territorial disputes. However, this does not prevent a part of Serbia's public opinion and elite to launch discussions about the membership with an enviable perseverance," Rogozin stated in an interview for the Belgrade-based daily Politika.
Rogozin said that Russia does not oppose Serbia's closer ties with NATO, but rather the country's NATO membership.
Russia does not welcome any NATO enlargement to the East and Southeast of Europe, Rogozin stressed.
"In the end, Serbs are masters of their own destiny, and for that reason, others will treat Serbs in the way in which they behave. In the western world, only the strong and self-assured are appreciated, while those who are weak and liable to treason are only spurred to more weakness and treason, to later be forgotten and discarded into the trash like a toy they grew bored with," warned the Russian diplomat.
Asked about the withdrawal of the Russian contingent from Kosovo, Rogozin said that was related to the handover of administration tasks from military to civilian authorities and police, and that the military mission was over.
"After the unilateral proclamation of independence of the province, the National Serb Council of Kosovo asked Russia to sent its military contingent back in order to protect the Serb population, but the request itself was not enough for anything to happen on that issue, since the mission in Kosovo is realized by the KFOR forces under NATO command," Rogozin said.
"To conduct a parallel peace mission in Kosovo, conflicting with NATO, would be an unnecessary risk for Russia. It is confusing and unfair that NATO in effect violated the neutrality principle of the UN mandate by siding with (ethnic) Albanians. And they only started to back down after our fierce reaction," said the Russian envoy to NATO.
Russia is ready to help her Serb brothers, Rogozin continued, but Russians "cannot be more Serb than Serbs themselves". Therefore, "before doing anything", Moscow wishes to understand the position of official Belgrade - and whether official Belgrade has a stance at all.
"You must know that we in Russia often think about the destiny of Orthodox Serbia that suffered many times, and history knows how much my state and the Russian nation sacrificed in order to help the Serb nation. But now you and only you must determine your destiny. We will, as always, give your our full support," Rogozin concluded.
ponedeljak 10.10.2011 | 16:39 | Source: B92 | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A week after the Belgrade Pride Parade was canceled, four prominent Belgrade-based journalists took part in a B92 talk show to discussed the authorities' move.
ponedeljak 10.10.2011 | 16:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BUCHAREST, BELGRADE -- Romanian President Traian Basescu says his country's position on Kosovo is unchanged and that the Romanian army will continue to be a part of KFOR.
ponedeljak 10.10.2011 | 15:29 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The annual report of the European Commission (EC) on Serbia's progress is completed and is mostly positive, Tanjug news agency has learned in Brussels.
ponedeljak 10.10.2011 | 14:44 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The opposition SNS party could enter a coalition with the pensioner party (PUPS) after parliamentary elections, expected to take place next spring.
ponedeljak 10.10.2011 | 11:08 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
Veteran ruling DS party official and MP Dragoljub Mićunović says a solution for Kosovo can be found "only in an international conference".
ponedeljak 10.10.2011 | 10:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Members of the Police Union of Serbia (PSS) failed to reach agreement during the meeting with Minister of Interior Ivica Dačić, and are today on strike.
ponedeljak 10.10.2011 | 10:14 | Source: Danas | Comments: (21) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Parliament Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović says Ivica Dačić "never said he advocated a partition of Kosovo, but the drawing of a separation line".
ponedeljak 10.10.2011 | 10:12 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- EU facilitator in the Belgrade-Priština dialogue Robert Cooper will meet with the representatives of the Kosovo Albanian institutions in Priština on Monday.
nedelja 9.10.2011 | 16:03 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ZVEČAN -- Serbia’s Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović spoke with northern Kosovo Serb representatives about the current situation in the province in Zvečan on Sunday.
nedelja 9.10.2011 | 14:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- British Ambassador to Serbia Michael Davenport says it is realistic to expect the EC to give a positive opinion regarding Serbia’s EU candidate status.
nedelja 9.10.2011 | 13:37 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The next round of Belgrade-Priština talks will be held on October 14, Priština team chief Edita Tahiri has said.
nedelja 9.10.2011 | 12:12 | Source: Press | Comments: (18) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister Božidar Đelić says some countries are trying to convince other EU member states to set additional conditions for Serbia.
nedelja 9.10.2011 | 11:40 | Source: Beta | Comments: (38) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Former Kosovo official Azem Vllasi has stated that the best way for Serbia to help Kosovo Serbs was to recognize Kosovo’s independence.
nedelja 9.10.2011 | 10:38 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
PODGORICA -- Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije has accused the Montenegrin authorities of persecuting the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) and its priests.
subota 8.10.2011 | 16:40 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
ZLATIBOR -- Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dačić announced Saturday a “relentless fight against the drug mafia, because it endangers our children.”
subota 8.10.2011 | 16:29 | Source: Danas, Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has stated that there will be no talks on Kosovo’s political status “because the issue was solved long time ago”.
subota 8.10.2011 | 14:18 | Source: Beta | Comments: (28) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo Albanian Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi says "Kosovo cooperating with KFOR and EULEX to prepare a plan for removal of barricades in the north".
subota 8.10.2011 | 13:39 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (21) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- OSCE Mission in Kosovo Deputy Head Edward Joseph Friday voiced concern over the recent spate of burglaries and looting in the village of Babljak.
subota 8.10.2011 | 13:30 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Čedomir Jovanović has stated that officials “are diminishing the importance of violence” that Kosovo Serbs are exposed to.
subota 8.10.2011 | 12:27 | Source: Danas | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE, KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- I’m not a smuggler, I pay my taxes to Belgrade, I did not organize violence, says northern Kosovo businessman Zvonko Veselinović.
petak 7.10.2011 | 20:43 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović has rejected as false claims that Serbs manning the barricades in Kosovo were "under the influence of criminals".
petak 7.10.2011 | 19:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The KFOR commander has said that there was no deadline for the removal of barricades in the north, and that this depended on the citizens "and their behavior".
petak 7.10.2011 | 18:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Borislav Stefanović stated on Friday that a solution for the Jarinje and Brnjak checkponts was "likely to be reached soon".
petak 7.10.2011 | 17:33 | Source: Beta | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Vojislav Koštunica has stated that Serbia can only make progress "if it leaves behind the illusion about the paradise on earth brought by the EU".
petak 7.10.2011 | 16:30 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Police Union of Serbia will go on strike on Monday, October 10, but will maintain a minimum level of service.
petak 7.10.2011 | 15:34 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Austria has been asked to accept EU’s enlargement in the western Balkans, Vienna-based daily Die Presse writes today.
petak 7.10.2011 | 14:41 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović said Friday he and EU mediator Robert Cooper agreed that the dialogue needed to continue as soon as possible.
petak 7.10.2011 | 14:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
HONG KONG -- Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić conferred with Chinese businesspeople in Hong Kong on Friday, who voiced readiness to invest USD 2bn in projects in Serbia.
petak 7.10.2011 | 12:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
NOVI PAZAR -- Islamic Community in Serbia Chief Mufti Muamer Zukorlić and Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leader Tomislav Nikolić agree dialogue is only way to solve issues.
petak 7.10.2011 | 11:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) adopted late Thursday a resolution on the political situation in the Balkans.
petak 7.10.2011 | 11:20 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina (LSV) will mark the fourth anniversary of a large anti-fascist rally which prevented a neo-Nazi rally in Novi Sad.
petak 7.10.2011 | 09:54 | Source: Politika | Comments: (23) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- French European Affairs Minister Jean Leonetti says Serbia will certainly become a full-fledged member of the EU and that its membership is not questionable.
četvrtak 6.10.2011 | 17:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
ARANĐELOVAC -- President Boris Tadić has stated that "at this moment South-East European countries have no other choice but to continue with their EU integration".
četvrtak 6.10.2011 | 16:01 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac says a solution for Kosovo must be found exclusively through talks, not conflict.
četvrtak 6.10.2011 | 15:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
MADRID -- Serbian PM Mirko Cvetković met on Thursday in Madrid with Spanish King Juan Carlos to conclude that the two countries' relations were "excellent and friendly".
četvrtak 6.10.2011 | 15:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is meeting and according to reports, will "requests an urgent investigation of the Jarinje incident".
četvrtak 6.10.2011 | 09:23 | Source: B92, Blic | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- It is unclear if parliament's Committee for Security will hold a session on Thursday in Belgrade dedicated to the recent incident on the Jarinje checkpoint.
sreda 5.10.2011 | 16:49 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
KRALJEVO -- Boris Tadić says Serbia moved forward "dramatically" since Oct. 5, 2000 - "bearing in mind that democracy and democratic institutions were established then".
sreda 5.10.2011 | 16:23 | Source: Beta | Comments: (10) | Send comment
JAGODINA -- Ivica Dačić will receive the Plaque of the City of Jagodina for his exceptional contribution to protection of all citizens of Serbia, it has been announced.
sreda 5.10.2011 | 16:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) decided to, in the wake of the latest events in north Kosovo, restore the office of the Committee for Kosovo-Metohija.
sreda 5.10.2011 | 16:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
LISBON -- Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković called on Portuguese business community to promote trade with Serbia and invest in the country on Tuesday evening.
sreda 5.10.2011 | 14:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS) is ready to stand the forthcoming elections independently, says its deputy leader.
sreda 5.10.2011 | 10:59 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (59) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Erhard Busek says that "when the crisis in the north eases", Priština, Belgrade and the international community should consider possible solutions for Kosovo.
sreda 5.10.2011 | 10:50 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- State Prosecutor Zagorka Dolovac says the recent corruption cases arrests are "just the beginning" of the state strategy for combating high-level corruption.
sreda 5.10.2011 | 10:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland expressed his surprise over the Serbian authorities' decision to ban public gatherings on October 2.
sreda 5.10.2011 | 09:37 | Source: Beta, Politika | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- European Union mediator Robert Cooper will visit Belgrade on Oct. 7 and Priština on Oct. 10, Beta news agency is reporting.
sreda 5.10.2011 | 09:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (33) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Wednesday marks eleven years since the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) coalition staged a mass protest, forcing Slobodan Milošević to step down.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 16:33 | Source: Beta | Comments: (10) | Send comment
OHRID -- Kosovo has made significant progress in talks with the European Commission (EC) about visa liberalization, EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has stated.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 15:53 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Justice Minister Snežana Malović has promised that nobody will anymore see Serbia as a country in which corruption is acceptable.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 15:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Justice Ministry State Secretary Slobodan Homen has announced that more big steps in combat against corruption can be expected by year’s end.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 13:47 | Source: Beta | Comments: (11) | Send comment
GRAČANICA -- Several hundreds of Serbs held a protest in Gračanica on Tuesday over murder of Aleksandar Putnik and wounding of his son Dobrica near Orahovac.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 13:11 | Source: B92 | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Liberal Democratic Party leader Čedomir Jovanović stated on Tuesday that everyday incidents of the government representatives were a consequence of nervousness.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 12:20 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (21) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić has stated that Brussels exerted pressure on Belgrade to hold the Pride Parade.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 10:31 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, WASHINGTON -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says situation in northern Kosovo and KFOR’s role will be one of the key topics of NATO defense ministers' meeting.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 10:30 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (20) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- There is an attempt in Vojvodina to create a new nation of “Vojvodinians”, said Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) provincial board Spokesman Milinko Jovanov.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 10:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- The night went by peacefully in northern Kosovo, with the citizens keeping guard at the barricades.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 09:30 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM) leader Ištvan Pastor says Serbia cannot get the EU candidate status until it changes the Law on Property Restitution.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 09:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
LISBON -- Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković will confer with Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva on Tuesday, the second day of his visit to Portugal.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 09:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- European Parliament Rapporteur Jelko Kacin said on Monday that along with EU candidate status, Serbia should also get a date for the beginning of negotiations.
utorak 4.10.2011 | 09:11 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The European Commission (EC) has expressed deep regret over Serbian authorities’ decision to ban the Pride Parade.