Senator Ron Johnson warns PM Kurti Kosovo-US relations are deteriorating
Senator Ron Johnson met on Saturday Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. Gazeta
Express has learned that Senator Johnson informed Kurti on principled US
position that Kosovo needs to drop tariffs on Serbian imports and reconsider
his position on dialogue. Reportedly Johnson told Kurti that his position
reflects the position of the White House, State Department and Pentagon.
who over the weekend attended the Munich Security Conference had many meetings
on the sidelines of this conference. Among the most important and difficult
meeting that Kurti had in Munich was the one with the US Senator Ron Johnson,
who is also chairman of the Committee on National Security in the US Senate.
Gazeta Express has learned from its sources that Johnson was very direct in
meeting Kurti informing him on US position related to tariffs and dialogue.
you want the Government you are leading to have good relations with the United
States of America, you should immediately drop tariffs on Serbian goods and
tone down rhetoric on dialogue with Serbia,” Johnson reportedly told Kurti. Johnson
made it clear to Kurti that his position reflects the official stance of the
most important US institutions. “It is a joint position of the White House
(National Security Council), State Department and Pentagon that Kosovo should
drop tariffs, and tone down rhetoric,” a source told Gazeta Express.
Government has not confirmed Kurti-Johnson meeting. Gazeta Express has reported
on Saturday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Presidential Envoy on
Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Richard Grenell, refused meting Kurti at Munich because
of his position on replacing 100 percent tariffs on Serbian goods with
reciprocity. Sources told Gazeta Express that no US senior official will meet
Kurti until he decides to revoke tax. /GazetaExpress/