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Kosovo joins G7 declaration on Ukraine's security guarantees

by Dinara Khalilova and The Kyiv Independent news desk August 21, 2023 12:54 PM 2 min read
Albin Kurti, Kosovo's prime minister, during an interview at his office in Pristina, Kosovo, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. (Ben Kilb/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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Kosovo has joined the Group of Seven's (G7) declaration on security guarantees for Ukraine, reported Kosovan Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

"Ensuring victory for Ukraine — and holding Russia's leaders accountable for their crimes — is essential to the preservation of peace and democracy," Kurti tweeted. "Kosova stands ready to contribute to these efforts."

Kosovo has become the 20th country to join the declaration, presented at the July NATO summit in Vilnius. Among the latest to commit were the Baltic states, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Greece.

The security guarantees are meant to be explicit and long-lasting obligations aimed at bolstering Ukraine's ability to resist Russian aggression. They will also address sanctions, financial aid, and post-war reconstruction.

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Announcing the decision, Kosovan PM published a statement in support of Ukraine, condemning Russia's full-scale invasion.

"The effects of the conflict have also rippled far beyond Ukraine's borders. In an effort to distract attention from its illegal war, Russia is attempting to destabilize the Western Balkans, with the help of its main autocratic allies in the region," reads the statement.

According to Kurti, since Russia started its all-out war against Ukraine last February, Kosovo has joined U.S. and EU sanctions regime, offered to host up to 5,000 refugees from Ukraine, and "welcomed 18 Ukrainian journalists offering them a safe space to continue their mission of speaking truth to power."

Ukraine hasn't recognized Kosovo, which has an ethnic Albanian majority, as an independent state after it broke away from Serbia following a war in 1998-99. The U.S. and most EU member states have recognized Kosovo's independence, which was officially declared in 2008.

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