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    Kosovo Should Reunite With Serbia by Example of Crimea – Politician

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    Kosovo should rejoin Serbia, following the example of Crimea’s reunification with Russia after the 2014 referendum, leader of the Democratic Party of Serbia Sanda Raskovic Ivic said.

    "The referendum on March 16, 2014 resulted in Crimea’s reunification with Russia. We hope that Kosovo and Metohija will do the same in regards to Serbia," Raskovic Ivic told journalists.

    According to the politician, the campaign for Kosovo’s reunification with Serbia should begin with Crimea.

    "Crimea is Ukrainian insofar as Kosovo is Albanian," she pointed out.

    Kosovo is designated by the Serbian constitution as a region of Serbia under the name Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija. But in fact, it is not controlled by the Serbian authorities.

    Commenting on the international recognition of the referendum in Crimea, Raskovic Ivic said it would depend on the outcome of the Russian military operation against the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria.

    "It will depend on Syria. If Russia makes it in Syria the European Union will change its stance on Crimea. Sometimes you need to defeat someone psychologically to make them cooperate," she said.

    In turn, leader of Serbia’s Dveri Movement Bosko Obradovic said that Crimea is de-facto recognized as part of Russia.

    "Now, media and officials rarely consider Crimea as an issue," he said.

    According to him, now it is impossible to challenge Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

    Crimea and Sevastopol returned to Russia after a referendum in March 2014. Some 96.77 percent of Crimea residents and 95.6 percent of Sevastopol residents voted “yes” to reunification with Russia. Ukraine and Western countries have refused to recognize the vote.


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