Kosovo will not take part in the “Defender Europe 2023” exercise. This is the first “sanction” against the “Kurti government” following unrest in the north.
The decision was supported by the US Ambassador in Pristina, Jeff Hovenier, who stated that Kosovo had not coordinated its operations with the US.
He told a gathering of journalists that the situation was unwarranted and constitutes a step back in the process of normalizing relations with Serbia. As indicated by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, it will have an impact on relations between Kosovo and the United States.
As a result, he cautioned that if no action is taken, the United States will no longer advocate for Kosovo’s recognition as an independent state or inclusion in international institutions.
“I must say that we have asked Prime Minister Kurti to take immediate steps to reduce tensions in the north.” He hasn’t responded to our inquiries. As a result, we are reviewing our next steps. However, the US is not now enthusiastic about responding to Kosovo’s other interests, such as engaging with states that have not recognized Kosovo or actively working on Kosovo’s European and international integration trajectory,” Hovenier added.