PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s government on Friday raised tariffs on a second layer of imports from Serbia, stepping up pressure on Belgrade to end a campaign to persuade other countries to withdraw recognition from its former province.
Kosovo, whose mostly ethnic Albanian population declared independence from Serbia in 2008, is recognised by around 110 nations but not by Serbia, Russia or five EU states.
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The government in Pristina last month raised customs tariffs on imports of locally-made products from Serbia and Bosnia, which also does not recognise Kosovo, to 100 percent from 10 percent.
On Friday, in a move that Serbia called “insane”, it did the same for imports of foreign-manufactured goods from the two countries.
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Justifying the step, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said Serbia’s derecognition drive was an “act of aggression”.
Kosovar officials told Reuters a handful of countries had withdrawn their decision to recognise Kosovo.
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Serbia, which has also been active in preventing Kosovo from joining the United Nations, criticised the tariff move.
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