Kosovo Imposes Additional Sanctions Against Russia
Kosovo has voted to align itself with the new sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) against Russia. The decision was made during a session chaired by Prime Minister Albin Kurti and presented by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Donika Gervalla-Schwarz. The sanctions were imposed in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and Belarus’ support for this aggression.
Despite not being a candidate country for the EU, Kosovo has implemented EU and US sanctions since the first package. The new sanctions include the export of critical technology and industrial products, the imports of asphalt and synthetic rubber products, the provision of storage capacity for Russian gas, transit of exported EU goods through Russia, and dual-use technology.
Kosovo has participated in the US and EU sanctions imposed on Russia following the start of the Ukraine war. In addition, the Kosovo government had previously imposed sanctions against the Russian security company Wagner group, which operates in Ukraine.
Kosovo’s decision to impose additional sanctions against Russia is an indicator of its strong commitment to international relations and support for the EU and US. It also highlights Kosovo’s dedication to promoting peace and stability in the region.