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Greece does not recognize Kosovo and its position remains unchanged

The deepening of economic and trade cooperation between Kosovo and Greece and the announced visit of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias have worried Belgrade and its President, Aleksandar Vucic, who see these moves as Greece approaches the recognition of Kosovo’s Independence.

But despite co-operation between Pristina and Athens, Greece’s stance on Kosovo’s independence remains unchanged. This is what the Greek Foreign Ministry told the Express newspaper in a written statement. “As you know very well, Greece does not recognize Kosovo and its position remains unchanged,” the statement said.

But despite this, the Greek Foreign Ministry says Athens has taken a constructive approach to Pristina, citing co-operation in economic development and Kosovo’s support in various fields.

At the same time, it is equally well known that Greece has pursued a constructive approach to Pristina, expecting from 2019 a “Kosovo Office of Trade and Economic Affairs in Athens” and working with Kosovo to expand cooperation in the fields of “Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias paid a visit to Pristina last October, boosting bilateral co-operation, with an emphasis on the economic sphere, including trade and energy,” said the Greek Foreign Ministry. , recalls the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“In order to further expand this cooperation, the contact points were appointed, ie Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Fragoyannis and his counterpart, at that time, Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Brajshori, and had a teleconference. “The 4th Greece-Kosovo Business Forum was held on April 20, practically due to the health crisis,” according to the Greek Foreign Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry mentions the planned visit of their Minister Nikos Dendias, who was expected to visit Kosovo this month, explaining that the visit is in light of the recent formation of a new government.

The Foreign Ministry recalls that Greece is supporting Kosovo on its European path and in this context is also supporting visa liberalization. “Greece is also contributing a significant number of members of the Greek Forces to KFOR,” according to a statement from the Greek Foreign Ministry.

“As a longtime member of the EU (1981) and NATO (1952), Greece pursues the consolidation of peace, democracy and stability, security and economic development, as well as the rule of law in the Western Balkans region, through the establishment of neighborly relations. “In this context, Greece has been a strong supporter of the European perspective of all the partners of the Western Balkans, including Pristina, as well as of the EU-facilitated Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue,” he said. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a written statement. /ibna

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