“Spain has vetoed a draft text of a joint declaration planned for publication during the EU-Western Balkans summit in Bulgaria in May, El Pais is reporting.

According to the Spanish newspaper, “the reason is not the EU foreign policy” – instead the goal is to avoid having the name and the signature of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy “on the same document, at the same level” as that of the Kosovo leader.

Spain is among five EU member-states that do not recognize Kosovo as independent.

El Pais further writes on Monday that this information has been confirmed by several diplomatic sources, and that Rajoy will most likely leave Sofia and the summit before a meeting that will be attended by top representatives of Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, but also of Kosovo.” (B92)