Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his full support for peace and development in the Balkans and praised the recent agreement between Serbia and Kosovo on the recognition of their identity documents. While visiting the region, this Wednesday he met with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.
waiting for progress
“Regarding Kosovo and Serbia, we have said that we are ready to support them in any way we can., We have seen positive development and I expect a positive and sustainable acceleration because the Balkans cannot afford this kind of problem.”
For his part, Vucic guaranteed that his country would fulfill its commitments regarding Bosnian stability, without mentioning Kosovo. Both have signed several cooperation agreements. The Serbian leader has also sought help from Azerbaijan to supply electricity for this winter.
“We’ve talked at length about important issues about stability in the region. We’ve talked how important it is to keep the peace And we have reiterated our views on the integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I added respect for the Dayton Accords and Republika Srpska within Bosnia-Herzegovina.”
A highway to de-stress
Turkey has multiplied its presence in the region in recent years.both political and economic. they have financed and participated in Construction of a highway connecting Belgrade to Sarajevos, Both the EU and neighboring countries are expected to complete this road transport projectprogress sign In these moments of stress.
“Funding for the project was received from various sides,” says Alexander Medjedovic of the Committee on Foreign Economic Relations of the Turkish Economy. “Not only Turkey, but also Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and other parties have participated in the financing of the project. Everything is more or less going according to plan.”
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has increased the need for greater stability in the Balkans. EU Special Envoy for Kosovo Miroslav Lajcak will travel to Pristina this Friday to boost talks. Kon Serbia.