Serbia ‘not happy’ with Israel’s recognition of Kosovo, says it will impact ties

Belgrade, which denies the statehood of former province, unhappy after investing ‘serious efforts’ in relations with Jerusalem

A Kosovo worker drags the red carpet next to Kosovo’s and Israel’s flags displayed during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry in Pristina on February 1, 2021 (Armend NIMANI / AFP)

Serbia’s foreign minister said Tuesday the government was “not happy” with Israel’s decision to recognize Kosovo, a former Serbian province whose statehood Belgrade denies and has waged a diplomatic battle to delegitimize.

The reaction came a day after Israel and Kosovo established diplomatic ties in what was a major victory for Pristina’s efforts to gain full global recognition of the independence it declared in 2008 following a war with Serbia in the 1990s.

Kosovo has since been recognized by much of the Western world, but its rejection by Serbia’s key allies Russia and China has locked it out of the United Nations. Until Monday, Israel was another key holdout on Belgrade’s side.

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