Sánchez visiting the region, not Prishtina

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, arrives today for a four-day visit to the countries of the Western Balkans.

But Kosovo will not be among them, as reported by Radio Free Europe in Serbian and Euronews Serbia.

Spain is one of the five EU countries that, along with Slovakia, Cyprus, Greece, and Romania, currently do not recognize Kosovo's independence.

That's why Sanchez's decision to skip Kosovo on his tour of the Western Balkans is not at all that surprising.

Sánchez begins his visit to the Western Balkans today (Friday) and will continue tomorrow in Belgrade.

Then, in the following days, the Spanish Prime Minister will visit Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Podgorica in Montenegro, Skopje in North Macedonia, and Tirana in Albania.

Today, July 29, Sanchez will talk with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, after which a plenary meeting of the delegations of the two countries will be held.

According to Spanish media, Sanchez is visiting the region with the aim of "reactivating, reviving and revitalizing the enlargement process" of the EU in the Western Balkans.

At the meeting of EU leaders at the end of June in Brussels, Sanchez advocated for the revival of the EU enlargement process in the Western Balkans.

This will be the first visit of a Spanish prime minister to Serbia in several decades.