How the plan for Greater Albania unfolds

Unfriendly relations between Serbia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, which Belgrade considers an integral part of its territory, further worsened. The decades-long conflict between Serbs and Kosovo Albanians threatens the most serious consequences for the whole of Europe. According to RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov, a full-scale war may be expected.

The expert drew attention to the fact that the new conflict between the Serbs and Kosovo Albanians provoked the statement made by Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi in Pristina. He stated Kosovo's intention to establish a single full-fledged state with Albania and to join this new state to the southern Serbian municipalities, where the majority of the population are Albanians. This statement clearly shows the course of Pristina and Tirana to implement the idea of Greater Albania, I.Pshenichnikov underscored.

After Tachi's statement Albanian Special Forces from Kosovo invaded Kosovo's Northern Serb municipalities on 28 May. In response, Serbia deployed troops to the border with Kosovo.The expert notes that the Kosovo Albanians are purposely escalating the conflict under the pretext of "strengthening protection from the Serbian aggressor." With the US and EU permission, Kosovars provoke Serbia, using the national pride of its people. They are trying to find an excuse for Pristina to find protection from its older sister Albania.

The expert notes that Tachi's statement on unification with Albania is not a sensation in the context of previous events. In 2018, the Kosovo Parliament abolished the control of its citizens on the border with Albania. A year earlier, Tachi asked Albanian President Ilir Metu to grant Albanian citizenship to all Kosovars. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has previously stated that he "does not exclude" the possibility of unification of Albania and Kosovo. All these events are connected. The ultimate goal is the creation of Greater Albania, I.Pshenichnikov pointed out.

If we add to this the intervention of Albania and Kosovo in the political processes in neighboring Macedonia in order to provide the Albanian minority (about a quarter of the population) with significant privileges that restrain the interests of the Slavic majority, the situation will be clear. The implementers of the pan-Albanian idea see in the Greater Albania Albania itself, Kosovo, some Albanian-populated territories of Macedonia and Southern Montenegro, southern municipalities of Serbia and even Albanian enclaves in Northern Greece.

Today, the situation is as convenient as possible for Kosovars and Albanians in general. They are blackmailing the West, realizing that in case of a real conflict with Serbia, the West will always protect them, as it did in 2008, recognizing the independence of Pristina from Belgrade. The Albanians can deliver Europe an ultimatum: to recognize the legitimacy of the unification of Albania and Kosovo. And the West is likely to recognize it, said I.Pshenichnikov.

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