The EU has suspended high-level visits and financial support to Kosovo due to Pristina's failure to achieve de-escalation in the north of the country.
This was stated by the representative of the European Commission, Peter Stano.
He explained that it is not about sanctions, as the EU takes restrictive measures based on a clear legal framework defined by member states after a long process of discussion.
"In light of the latest escalation that we have seen since the beginning of this month, the 27 EU member states said that they expect Kosovo and Serbia to de-escalate tensions, especially in the north of Kosovo, caused by the elections and the implementation of their results in four municipalities," he said. he.
According to him, the EU has warned that there will be consequences if there is no immediate de-escalation. However, recent days prove that de-escalation has not taken place, Stano noted.
"Despite our appeals, Prime Minister Kurti has not yet been able to take decisive steps towards de-escalation. His five-point plan is not able to address the key points that caused the latest crisis. We expect urgent and decisive steps from him," - said the representative of the European Commission.
That is why, according to the decision of the member states, the European Commission has prepared a list of proposals with immediate effect, which are not sanctions.
"In this regard, we decided to take a number of measures, which took effect immediately, including the suspension of high-level visits and financial interaction with Kosovo," explained Stano, stressing that these measures are temporary and reversible depending on the development of the situation.
Earlier, the media reported that the European Union had previously prepared sanctions against Kosovo due to Pristina's ignoring of requests for immediate steps to reduce tensions in the north of the country.
The day before, the Prime Minister of the partially recognized Kosovo, Albin Kurti, proposed a plan to defuse tensions in relations with Serbia and in the north of Kosovo, where the Serb population prevails and riots continue after local elections.
We will remind, at the mid-term elections in the northern municipalities of Kosovo in May, which were boycotted by the Serbs at the behest of the government in Belgrade, politicians of Albanian origin won, the turnout was less than 4%. After the elections, protests broke out in Serbian communities. Protesters attacked NATO peacekeepers with incendiary devices and stones in the village of Zvechan.