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The Summit On Kosovo With Macron And Merkel Will Take Place On July 10

The Summit On Kosovo With Macron And Merkel Will Take Place On July 10

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will take part in a video conference on July 10 dedicated to the settlement of relations between Serbia and unrecognized Kosovo, according to Agence France-Presse, citing a representative of the Elysee Palace.

"[The conference] will restart the dialogue between the two States," the agency quoted a representative of the French leader's administration as saying. He added that the summit should "allow the EU to find a solution to the differences" that arose after the Special court for Kosovo accused Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci and former speaker of the Parliament of the unrecognized Republic Kadri Veseli of committing war crimes. Thaci himself, after the relevant information appeared, said that he was not going to resign.

Earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that he does not consider it possible to resolve the Kosovo conflict in the foreseeable future. On June 18, Vucic, during a visit to Belgrade by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said that Serbia does not intend to recognize Kosovo's independence in exchange for a favorable financial offer and joining the European Union.

The Serbian Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija declared independence unilaterally in February 2008 and has been actively trying to join international organizations, including UNESCO and Interpol, in recent years. More than 60 countries, including Russia, Israel, India, and China, as well as five EU member States, are opposed to recognizing Kosovo.

Negotiations on Serbia's admission to the European Union began in January 2014. The foreign policy of the Republic provides for joining the community while maintaining friendly relations with the Russian Federation and China, as well as developing ties with the United States. Belgrade intends to maintain military neutrality, refusing to join NATO and other military blocs. This position is objectionable in the West: Serbia has been repeatedly made clear that European integration is possible only if two conditions are met: recognition of Kosovo's independence and the end of friendly relations with Russia.

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