President Aleksandar Vucic has rejected a proposal from Germany and France to expedite Serbia's EU membership process in exchange for the country's recognition of Kosovo.

Vucic said that
Vucic said that "Serbia will not accept Kosovo’s membership in the UN for both constitutional and other reasons.” (AA)

Germany and France have offered to expedite Serbia’s EU membership process "if we recognise Kosovo’s independence, but this is unacceptable to us," Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said.

“According to this proposal, if Serbia allows Kosovo to enter all international institutions and communities, including the UN, our entry into the EU will be accelerated,” Vucic said in a televised address to the nation on Saturday.

“They think this will settle one of Europe’s internal issues… (but) Serbia will not accept Kosovo’s membership in the UN for both constitutional and other reasons.”

According to Vucic, the process to make Kosovo a part of the Council of Europe is likely to start on November 2 or 3.

READ MORE: Serbia, Kosovo agree on new border policy for free movement: EU

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, with most UN member states, including the US, UK, France, Germany and Türkiye, recognising it as a separate autonomous country from its neighbor.

Serbia continues to see Kosovo as its territory, while Russia and China are among the countries that have yet to recognise Kosovo’s independence.

On the increasing American military presence in Kosovo, he questioned the US’ proclaimed objective of “defending Kosovo’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

“The conclusion we need to draw from this is that the UN’s decisions are not respected… International law has been violated for a long time, and the law clearly works for the mighty,” the Serbian president added.

READ MORE: Serbia to step in if NATO doesn't ‘do its job’ in Kosovo

Source: AA