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Serbia and Kosovo to reestablish transport connections

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Richard Grenell – Picture by State Department.

20 January 2020, Berlin, Embassy of the United States to Germany: US Special Presidential Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiations, Ambassador Richard Grenell crafted an agreement in the path to normalise relations between Serbia and Kosovo; a flight and train line is to be re-establish between Belgrade and Prishtina. If implemented, the agreement would allow for the first direct air travel between the two countries since 1998. However the plan is contingent on Kosovo lifting a 100% tax on Serbian goods.

The air link between Belgrade and Prihstina is set to be provided by Eurowings, Lufthansa Group’s low-cost subsidiary. The distance between the cities is around 520 km, and takes around 5.5 hours by car.

If the two countries manage to normalise relations, Kosovo would also be able to apply for United Nations membership – a move currently blocked by the Russian Federation.

For further information:
https://diplomatmagazine.eu/2019/10/08/ambassador-grenell-for-the-kosovo-process/

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