BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — President Vucic expressed his gratitude for the alliance’s efforts to ensure peace and stability in the region.
"I asked [Stoltenberg] not only to avoid the withdrawal of the peacekeeping forces, but to maintain its presence in Kosovo and Metohija at the unchanged numbers," he told a press conference at the NATO headquarters.
"I am thankful to Stoltenberg and NATO members for supporting peace and stability in Kosovo and Metohija, first and foremost, through KFOR units. The NATO’s role in ensuring security for our people and our sacred sites is of an exceptional importance," Vucic said.
In 2008, Kosovar Albanian groups in Pristina unilaterally proclaimed independence from Serbia, and over 100 UN member states officially recognized Kosovo. Serbia, alongside Russia, China, Israel and several other countries, does not recognize Kosovo’s independence.