The main topic discussed in the meeting of the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the member of the Presidency of BiH Bakir Izetbegovic and the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic were infrastructure projects in BiH and Serbia, more specifically the construction of the highway Sarajevo-Belgrade. This project will be fully financed by Turkey, whose companies will construct the highway hiring domestic workers, and it will charge the use of it for a period of time in a form of concession. The highway will be then handed over to BiH and Serbia, thus BiH will not be further indebted.
A tripartite meeting was held in Istanbul with Turkish President Erdogan, Bosniak member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Presidency Izetbegovic and Serbian President Vucic on Monday. Vucic stated that Serbia respects the territorial integrity of BiH and that the only request is that Serbs in the Serb Republic and in BiH feel safe. He reported after that the conversation was “good and open”, and added that “our agreement is that whatever happens and however it happens – peace and stability must be preserved”.
President Vucic travelled to Kosovo in the weekend to visit the Serb people in the province. He listened to them, and problems are emerged such as the salary gap. He answered the critics who accused him and his party to be behind the murder of Ivanovic, saying that those people have never been in Kosovo, and that his conscience is clear.
The Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic announced that President Vucic will visit Kosovo to ensure the protection and security of the Serbs living there, and to grant that “these people have not been forgotten”. He also commented the position of Kosovo Prime Minister Haradinaj who denied Serbia the chance to be involved in the investigation for Ivanovic’s murder. He called this behavior “completely unacceptable”. “This reaction of the key Pristina institutions clearly indicates that there is no desire to find the killers and punish them”.
After the Catalan referendum and European Commission’s position that it was illegal, “it must be clear how difficult it is to safeguard Serbia’s independence”. President Aleksandar Vucic said this on Monday in Belgrade, responding to reporters’ questions during a news conference. “The question every citizen of Serbia has for the European Union today is: how come that in the case of Catalonia the referendum on independence is not valid, while in the case of Kosovo secession is allowed even without a referendum”, Vucic continued. “How did you proclaim the secession of Kosovo to be legal, even without a referendum, and how did 22 European Union countries legalize this secession, while destroying European law and the foundations of European law, on which the European policy and EU policy are based” Vucic asked. Tanjug is reporting that Vucic went on to “publicly ask” how he was supposed to explain European integration of Serbia to Serbian citizens now – “although, without a doubt, Serbia sees its future in the EU, because of the type of society we striving towards, as well as for the sake of a better economy, and for other reasons”. “So, how come Catalonia cannot, and Kosovo can – there will never be an answer on this given to the Serbs”, Vucic noted. “This is the best example of the double standards and hypocrisy of the world politics”, said Vucic.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said that “a difficult compromise” when it comes to Kosovo does not mean that only one side is satisfied. He said that when it comes to Kosovo a compromise was important, “in order to live in peace”. He added that he was “sure that not everyone can be satisfied, but Serbia insists that the agreement cannot be such where one side is satisfied, and the other not”. Vucic stressed that it was “important to resolve the Serb-Albanian relationship once and for all.” When asked if he can guarantee that there will be no armed conflicts in Kosovo, Vucic said: “No one can ever fully guarantee this, but it is a great achievements of the talks that in the last four years no Serb has been killed in ethnic conflicts. The biggest problem is with the expelled, they are not allowed to return. We now must look ourselves in the eyes and we say what is real and what is objective – not to give away something that is ours, what we control”. Asked how much longer the Kosovo dialogue could last, Vucic said that it was a question of months. He also said that Serbia will be “stronger than ever in a few days”, and mentioned Russian MIGs, Russian and Serbian tanks.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that Kosovo’s possible bid to join the UN would “come to nothing”. “I am almost certain that their attempt to join the UN would come to nothing, unless we reach some agreement – and that cannot be done if somebody thinks Serbia should lose everything, while Albanians gain everything”, Vucic told reporters in Krepoljin, near Zagubica, eastern Serbia. According to him, representatives of Pristina had obtained temporary passes in order to be able to enter the UN building in New York City during the recent UN General Assembly. “Five hundred times so far they have made Kosovo a member of the UN”, he said ironically, and added: “And yet they continue to loiter in corridors and pace around. We will continue to do our job, and I would still not bet on them”. According to Beta’s report, Vucic repeated several times that Kosovo’s membership in the UN would not materialize.
The situation in the Balkans was in focus of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. “We hail any opportunity to hear your opinion about the developments in the regions, to coordinate our further steps on matters of concern for us and in the interests of stability in the Balkans and development of the countries of the region in conformity with the will of their peoples”, Lavrov said. “The sides agreed that bilateral cooperation is at a high level and political contacts are developing dynamically. They stressed mutual interest in the implementation of joint investment projects”, the ministry said. “They reiterated commitment to continue close coordination of steps on the Kosovo problem”. Vucic, in turn, spoke in favor of further development of relations between the two countries at all levels. “Russia is Serbia’s true friend. We are making no secret of it. I think we will be able to improve cooperation at various levels, including in the economic sphere which has been seeing improvement year after year”, the Serbian president noted. He also expressed gratitude to Moscow for its support to Belgrade in various international formats and organizations. “Your country has always defended Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Our people values it”, he stressed. Serbia has no plans to join NATO and wants to keep military neutrality, Vucic said.
The president of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic is on an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first time since 2011. Vucic said at the beginning of his addressing that, even if he thinks that someone won’t agree with him, he wish the best for the relationships between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He added that the two countries are really important for each other as economical partners. Dealing with borders, he added that a lot of questions are already solved and the left ones with be solved as soon as possible, so both the countries will have the chance to face some other challenges, such as tourism. Regarding the highway, he said that Serbia will accept Bosnia and Herzegovina’s conditions because connecting Belgrade and Sarajevo is crucial. Priorities, according to him, are peace and stability.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Thursday afternoon arrived in Sarajevo, where he will meet with members of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina. This is the first visit of a Serbian president to Bosnia-Herzegovina in six years. After his face-to-face meeting with the members of the Presidency – representing Serbs, Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), and Croats – Vucic and the current chair of the Presidency, Dragan Covic, are planned to address reporters. According to the visit’s agenda, Vucic will also meet with the leadership of the East Sarajevo municipality, and tour construction works on the East Sarajevo Hospital site. On the second day of the visit, he will speak with the members of the Collegium of both houses of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia-Herzegovina.