The heads of Serbia and Kosovo traveled to the United States and concluded a historic cooperation agreement Maria Zakharova joked about how they were received in Washington and caused an international scandal
On September 4, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic visited the United States, where, through the mediation of Donald Trump, he concluded an agreement on economic cooperation with Kosovo. The agreements were a serious step towards the normalization of relations in the Balkans, but they do not mean the recognition of Kosovo’s independence by Serbia. After negotiations on social networks, a photo was widely circulated in which the President of Serbia sits opposite Donald Trump “as if under interrogation” – this is how Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on her, advising politicians next time to sit in a chair in front of the US President in the style of Sharon Stone in the famous scene from the movie “Basic Instinct”. Such remarks immediately caused an international scandal – several Serbian officials, including the Minister of Defense, expressed their indignation at Zakharova’s words.
What Serbia and Kosovo have agreed on
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdulla Hoti held two-day talks in Washington mediated by Donald Trump, following which the parties signed an agreement on economic cooperation, which the White House called a “historic breakthrough.”
“President Donald Trump announced that Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to normalize economic relations. Another historic agreement reached by the President to make the world a quieter, more prosperous place, “White House spokesman Judd Deere tweeted.
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At the same time, the agreements do not remove the political differences around the recognition of Kosovo’s independence, it follows from the words of the President of Serbia. “This is not a trilateral agreement. The difference is important. So, this agreement, which Serbia has concluded with the United States, the third party is not recognized as a subject of international law. This is extremely important for us and I thank President Trump, ” said Alexander Vucic.
One of the most significant elements of the agreement signed in the US is Kosovo’s decision to join the visa-free zone previously agreed upon by Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia. Another important point was mutual political agreements: Kosovo pledged to freeze the process of joining any international organizations for one year, and Serbia – for the same time, to stop the process of struggle to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo’s independence.
In addition, the signed agreement regulates issues of mutual investments in some infrastructure projects, such as the construction of a highway to Pristina and the operation of the Gazivode reservoir, which feeds the hydroelectric power station of the same name.
Israel will also benefit from these agreements: Serbia and Kosovo have pledged to open their embassies in Jerusalem, following the example of the United States, while in return Kosovo will receive recognition of its independence from Israel. At the moment, a significant part of the international community does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in connection with the UN Security Council resolutions, according to which part of the city should be under Palestinian control. Because of this, most of the embassies are located in Tel Aviv, but Donald Trump in 2018 recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the US embassy to be moved there, which caused another clash in the Gaza Strip.
Immediately after the announcement of the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, a photo from the Oval Office became viral in the media and social networks, in which the US president sits at his massive table, and the Serbian leader on a chair that is located at a considerable distance from him.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted this image on her Facebook with the comment: “If you were called to the [White House] database, and the chair was placed as if you were under interrogation, sit down as in photo # 2. Whoever you are. Just believe it. ” The second photo was a frame from the movie “Basic Instinct”, where Sharon Stone, sitting on a chair, throws her legs over her legs.https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmaria.zakharova.167%2Fposts%2F10224148174881794&show_text=true&width=650&appId=279848442045028&height=884
Such comments from the Foreign Ministry spokesman immediately sparked outrage in Serbia. Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric at the Serbian government, wrote on Twitter that Zakharova should be ashamed. “Imagine that the president didn’t say a single bad word about Russia. Imagine that the president of the Russian leader waited an hour and a half for an appointment and never asked for a separate chair. I will not let you attack proud Serbia. Be ashamed! ”He said.
Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandr Vulin also expressed his displeasure with Zakharova’s remark . “Vucic is the only statesman in Europe who has refused to impose sanctions on Russia, and is the supreme commander of the army with which the Russian armed forces have the highest and most fruitful cooperation that can be achieved. The size of a person is not measured by the size of the chair on which he sits, or the amount of strength, on behalf of which he speaks, but the amount of courage in order to defend his people and friends of his people on any chair, ”Vulin said.
Vucic himself called the post of the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry primitivism. “The subconscious speaks most of all about a person, most of all Maria Zakharova said about herself, primitivism and simplification speak most of all about her and those who published it. I will not talk about it, let them do it themselves, ”he said.
After that, Maria Zakharova edited her statement on Facebook, saying that she was misunderstood. “I’m sorry, but my post was misinterpreted! The only thing that was contained in it was the rejection of the arrogant attitude on the part of the “exceptional”. Protocol tricks have become one of the tricks that American officials regularly use to artificially create the appearance of their own exclusivity. And this is unacceptable, ”Zakharova said.
A couple of hours later, the Russian Foreign Ministry published an official message that a telephone conversation took place between Sergei Lavrov and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, during which “both sides expressed their commitment to the comprehensive development of strategic partnership and political dialogue in accordance with the agreements between the presidents of the two countries.” …