“‘America supports an independent republic of Kosovo. He (Yee) told me, ‘you cannot encroach on the territorial integrity of Kosovo.’ I replied, ‘and you encroach on touch the territorial integrity of Serbia nine years ago’. I told him that to his face,” Vucic said, referring to the unilateral declaration of independence made by ethnic Albanians in Serbia’s southern province in 2008, which the country considers a violation of its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Asked ‘how Yee reacted to this,’ Vucic said:

‘Coolly, he’s a professional. He let me know what he thinks, he said, ‘it’s great that you said that, I told you what the message of America is, whether you respect it or not, you know what the consequences are’.

Vucic then added that ‘after many years, the presence of Serbs in Kosovo is bothersome.”” (B92)