Ukraine’s Ambassador in Tirana talks about the war, Albania and Kosovo – Exit
While Ukraine recognizes Kosovo for its support in the crisis with Russia, recognition is not on the table for now, according to the country’s ambassador to Albania, Volodymyr Shkurov.
In an interview with Euronews, Shkurov, who recently took office, said: “We are aware of the support expressed by Kosovo officials… Ukraine is still in the phase of studying the issue of recognition of the Kosovo. Currently, Ukraine has not made a final decision.
He explained that the situation is complicated by the general political situation, including that of Crimea.
“I can say that it is not the same subject, but at the general political level they are also perceived emotionally. Therefore, I think that in the context of the current escalation and the political climate in Ukraine, the question of Kosovo will be considered later.
He added that it was not on the agenda because researchers and policy makers have to do their job, which makes it easier to come to a conclusion.
Moving on to Albania, he evokes the “great discovery” made on arriving in Albania.
“When I left for Albania, I had general reservations because we had little information about Albania. But it was a great discovery, not only for me but for all the embassy staff. It feels good here. People are friendly and welcoming. »
Shkurov added that he saw considerable potential for developing Ukraine’s relations with Albania.
“Ukrainian tourists have already discovered Albania… In terms of prospect opportunities, I am not saying that they are unlimited, but they are very large.”
Regarding the ongoing cooperation with Albania, he said that the intensification of political dialogue was on the agenda. In addition, economic and trade relations will be a focus, “because there are great prospects for this in agriculture, transport and energy”.
Shkurov added: “we have a great opportunity for cultural and humanitarian work, people’s diplomacy.”
Regarding the rising tensions with Russia along Ukraine’s eastern flank, the ambassador spoke of the wish to avoid conflicts and limit damage to the economy.
“All these conversations about the inevitability of war can affect people’s general standard of living, not just psychologically, but economically. Therefore, one of the points of activity of the government is to strengthen the financial and economic stability of Ukraine and to ensure that the population does not panic.
“We hope in the intelligence and skills of the diplomatic work and that it will bring a correct result,” he added.