BELGRADE (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Kosovo signed the deal with the bloc, intending to bring economic development, living standards and a regulatory framework to the country in its aspirations to to join the bloc, in line with EU levels.
"The fact that our southern autonomy started today a kind of contractual relationship with the European Commission does not and will never mean that our autonomy is another state or separated from Serbia," Marko Duric said.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, and has since been recognized by 108 UN member states. Belgrade, however, considers Kosovo to be part of Serbia. Dozens more countries, five EU member states and Russia, do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state.