Vucic said that the goal of the organizers of the riots in Serbia
The organizers of the riots at the Parliament of Serbia in the night of Wednesday hoped to weaken the position of the Serbian leadership before the talks on Kosovo in the EU, said the President of Serbia Alexander Vucic.
In France on July 9, is scheduled to meet Serbian leader with the President of France Emanuele a Macron. Next day online summit of the EU leadership, Germany, France, Serbia and the breakaway Republic of Kosovo. On July 12, scheduled the first meeting between the Serbian President and Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Kosovo Hoti Abdulahim in Brussels for the first time after the freezing of dialogue in 2018.
At a briefing at the residence of the President of the local journalists asked Vucic if the riots in the night of Wednesday, which injured 43 police officers, two dozen citizens detained 24 people and burned five police cars, an attempt to weaken the leadership of Serbia before the negotiations on Kosovo.
"Is this anyone's intention? I have no doubt that it is," - said the Serbian President.
"As for our position, they can do what they want and will only motivate me to be even harder fought for Serbia tomorrow, to represent its interests in conversation with the Makron, the day after tomorrow with him and (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel, three days later (with the Chairman of the EU Council Charles) Michel, four days – with all of them, (special envoy of the EU at the Serbian-Kosovo dialogue Miroslav) Lajcak and Hoti," said Vucic.
In 1999, armed confrontation between the Albanian separatists of the Kosovo Liberation army and the army and police of Serbia led to the bombing of Yugoslavia (then consisting of Serbia and Montenegro) NATO forces. Kosovo Albanian structures in Pristina on 17 February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed Republic does not recognize Serbia, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and several other States.
The leadership of Serbia under the pressure of Brussels and the region of convergence with the European Union, as well as for the sake of ease of life in the region, Serbian citizens in 2011 was forced to start negotiations on the normalization of relations with Kosovo Albanians with the mediation of the EU. However, after the introduction in November 2018, the authorities in Pristina of trade taxes in the amount of 100% of goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the dialogue was suspended.