Kosova – TV Klan, the Pristina TV station, broadcast a report on the recent visit of Kosovan Prime Minister Albin Kurti to Athens, where he had talks with his counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and the Foreign and Defense ministers of Greece.

In this context, TV Klan hosted an interview with Ioannis Armakolas, who stressed that “Pristina should keep open its communication channels with Athens and become more moderate on the issue of recognition. Kurti’s visit is important, because both Kurti and his Vetevendosje party are newly installed in government, and it is the first time he has held talks with Athens’ political leadership. However, it would be difficult to say the visit indicates a willingness on Greece’s part to recognize Kosovo as an independent state”.

Nevertheless, he went on to say that the recent statement by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, in which he referred to the 2010 decision by the International Court, is especially significant, since it was “the first time a Greek minister has clarified for the Greek people that Kosovo’s declaration of independence is not contrary to International Law and not linked in any way with the Cyprus issue, Greece’s greatest concern here”. Armakolas also referred to Greece’s recent decision to upgrade the status of Pristina’s trade office in Athens as yet another sign that Greece is strengthening is relations with the Balkan state.

You can watch the interview here, in Albanian.