Five European Union member states that have not recognised the 2008 unilateral declaration of Kosovo’s independence are under pressure to change their position. Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Spain were “targeted by great powers,” Vecernje novosti newspapers claims. The Belgrade daily adds that some Latin American and Caribbean countries are also under pressure.
Pristina recently claimed that Nigeria could soon recognise Kosovo. On the other hand, Serbia will intensify its diplomatic efforts in order to prevent new recognitions. The issue will be discussed by the Serbian government; more than 100 countries have recognised Kosovo as a state while Pristina strives to reach the majority in UN General Assembly.
Serbian foreign minister Ivica Dacic told Vecernje novosti that Belgrade was running a “diplomatic offensive”.
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