Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic received the Chinese and Russian ambassadors, Chen Bo and Alexander Botsan-Harchenko on Wednesday in meetings rescheduled at the advice of his doctors, hours before the arrival of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Belgrade.
A press release quoted the Chinese Ambassador as saying that Beijing feels that “unilateral action is not in the interest of peace and stability in the region”. She added that the international community should treat both sides equally because dual standards are not useful in resolving problems. Tensions have been high in the north of Kosovo following a decision by the authorities in Pristina to ban vehicles with Serbian license plates after the expiration of an agreement which allowed Serbia to ban vehicles with Republic of Kosovo (RKS) license plates.
The press release quoted Vucic as saying that he “believes in the bright future of our relations based on a steel friendship and a strategic partnership as well as unbreakable bonds between our peoples”.
A separate press release quoted the Russian ambassador as saying that Moscow is following the situation in northern Kosovo with great concern, and blamed the crisis on the authorities in Pristina. According to Botsan-Harchenko, the Serbian authorities have been acting with the greatest responsibility while Pristina has not shown a single indication of seeking a compromise solution.
Vucic is quoted as thanking Russia for its active support to Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and expressing hope of talking to President Vladimir Putin in the next few months.