The European Union is incapable of responsibly and efficiently fulfilling its mission of mediating in the situation relating to Kosovo and Metohija, said the Ambassador of Russia in Serbia Aleksandr Botsan-Kharchenko.

“The European Union is not capable of fulfilling its mediation mission in a responsible and efficient way and in agreement with its international obligations. That much is obvious,” said Botsan-Kharchenko in his interview for the television Russia-24.

In his words, the European Union has recently chosen to take the side “of Priština’s position”, reported TASS.

On Friday, July 29, the authorities of the self-proclaimed Kosovo announced that they would not be recognizing documents issued in Serbia starting on August 1, as well as those who are in possession of those documents would receive provisional permits upon arrival to Kosovo and Metohija.

At the same time, the authorities in Priština were planning to begin a mandatory re-registration of vehicles bearing Serbian licence plates, which would affect Serbs in the north of Kosovo and Metohija and several other cities.

The announcement led to tensions at the border crossing. Serbs blocked roads in the north of Kosovo and Metohija, which led Priština to postpone the implementation of entry restrictions until September 1.