Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, experts say the EU and US will want to shore up the stability and Euro-Atlantic orientation of the Western Balkans against any Russian meddling. So might Greece finally recognise Kosovo?
Acall by Kosovo for accelerated accession to NATO reflects heightened concern over the stability of the Western Balkans following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but its prospects depend on a host of factors.
Kosovo is not recognised by Serbia or by Belgrade’s big-power backer, Russia. But nor do five members of the European Union or four members of NATO – Greece, Spain, Slovakia and Romania – recognise the former Serbian province as a sovereign state, making accession almost impossible.