Romania does not recognize Kosovo

Romania will not change its stance regarding recognizing Kosovo “because it is a matter of principle”, Romanian FM Teodor Baconschi said in Bucharest.

A unilateral act cannot turn an area into an independent state, Baconschi said at a briefing for European journalists.

Along with Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Cyprus, Romania is one of five EU countries that have not recognized Kosovo’s unilaterally declared independence.

With the exception of Cyprus, these states are also NATO members.

Baconschi noted that things in Kosovo cannot go back to the way they were, but that Romania hopes Belgrade and Priština will be able to cooperate and normalize relations for the benefit of stability in the Western Balkans.

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