Kosovo PM Kurti says NO to Trump’s security adviser, he warns of consequences
Two days ago Prime Minister of Kosovo
Albin Kurti had failed to answer a phone call from the White House. People with
knowledge of the situation claim the call had come too late, but their
statement on the time of the phone call are contradictory. However, the phone
call completed on Tuesday did no contribute to easing the strained relations.
“Prime Minister Kurti has responded
negatively to the request of National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien to lift
the tariff on Serbian goods. He told O’Brien he cannot do such a thing,” said a
senior US administration official with direct knowledge of the conversation.
The same official quotes O’Brien as saying
to Kurti that “the US will not help Kosovo economically if the tariff
remains in force. The stance is clear: If Kosovo is hurting itself economically
by keeping tariffs, we will not help it, either.”
But Kurti did not change his stance
despite the US position. “During the conversation Kurti was reminded of the
presence of American troops in Kosovo and that also their presence is being
considered,” the source said.
Sources told Gazeta Express that projects
worth tens of millions of Euros that have already been planned to be
implemented through Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) have been suspended.