„If someone thinks that the time has come for someone to physically take over Valac and Gazivode, I beg them not to do it,“ the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic said in Belgrade today.
This is Serbia’s first official reaction to Monday’s news that the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) declared that Kosovo’s transmission system operator – KOSTT could operate independently. ENTSO’s decision was welcomed and praised by top Kosovo officials as well as European officials, including embassies of Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.
„I deliberately did not want to speak out in the past days about what ENTSO and everyone else had done. We will deal with it and we are dealing with it, but we will also deal with it publicly. I will discuss this tomorrow with European representatives as well,“ said President Vucic, adding:
“I don’t want to explain to people now what was going on, who voted for what, why they voted, for whose interests, for whose money, but this showed that some Western powers would do anything to reach a certain decision and that they are uninterested in contract law and international agreements.”
They are not asking about the ASM
„They are not asking about the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities, instead they are placing the transmission systems in Kosovo under their control – they did it at any cost. Fine. Let this be our lesson, we’ve known that they have been doing this for years. There is no philosophy around this but we will continue to protect our people. And so we will act, and we will tell them in person what we think about their decisions,” he stressed.
It is expected that KOSST, which so far operated within the regulatory area of Serbia (EMS) in the SMM bloc (Serbia, Montenegro and Northern Macedonia), would leave this area and join the bloc with Albanian firm OST.
So far, Serbia opposed the admission of KOSTT into the European Transmission System Network. However, point 10 of the Brussels Energy Agreement from 2013 stipulates that the Kosovo Transmission and Market Operator (KOSTT) will become a member of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO).
Before the ENTSO vote in November 2018, Vucic warned that Serbia would not „enforce their decisions“ even if the vote did not turn out in Serbia’s favor – he told RTS at the time.
„I warned them about the injustice of their decisions. We will complain wherever we can. We will first seek provisional measures within 14 days, and when they make a decision we will not apply it. When you want to create this kind of energy chaos, you will have Serbia’s answer, because we will not let you trample over our country and our people –nor our people in the north of Kosovo, nor our people as a whole, nor our country,” Vucic emphasized at the time.
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