What lies behind accusations against so-called Kosovo's president?

It appears that the political career of so-called Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci is drawing to a close. The Hague-based Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) has filed a ten-count indictment with the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) charging Thaci, Kosovo politician Kadri Veseli, and others with a "range of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, enforced disappearance of persons, persecution, and torture", RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov says.

He suggested that the EU's decision to remove the odious Albanian leader might be dictated by the desire to simplify negotiations for Serbia's accession to the EU. The main condition for such accession, put forward by the European Union, is the recognition of Kosovo as a sovereign state by Serbia. However, the Serbian president will not hold talks with the Serbian murderer Hashim Thaci. So, apparently, they decided to remove Thaci. "An allegedly independent Kosovar politician, whose hands are not stained with Serbian blood and with whom the Serbian authorities could negotiate without losing their political face, can be appointed to this position," Pshenichnikov underscores.

However, this European decision may not get support from the United States that is the most influential patron of Kosovo, RISS expert outlines. After Kosovo’s declaration of independence, the USA built Camp Bondsteel, the largest and the most expensive foreign military base in the Balkans. "Thus, the White House can exert military control in the Western Balkans. The US doesn't care who is Pristina's leader. The main thing is that this politician is loyal to Washington, like Thaci," Pshenichnikov concluded.

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