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Tariffs tough talk show Kosovo-Serb standoff set to last

Serbian goods are nowhere to be seen in shops in neighboring Kosovo.

Naim Krasniqi, a small store owner, says the 100% tariff announced a year ago by the government is fair since Serbia is blocking all goods from Kosovo, part of a standoff between rivals in one of Europe’s most volatile regions.

Krasniqi says of Serbian goods: “We can live without them.”

One year on from Kosovo’s tariffs decision, the tussle over trade shows no sign of abating and suggests the deep freeze that has set in between the two countries is likely to continue despite the European Union’s hopes to mediate and ease tensions.

Kosovo’s new Cabinet is unlikely to lift the tariffs under the incoming prime minister.

Associated Press

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