US, EU states recognized independent Kosovo

On February 18, 2008, the US and several major European Union (EU) countries recognized Kosovo, one day after the Assembly of Kosovo declared the country's independence from Serbia. Serbia immediately decried the secession as illegal and sought a ruling from the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) declaring as much. In July 2010, the Serbian National Assembly adopted a resolution rejecting the independence of Kosovo in perpetuity despite the ICJ's ruling in July 2010 that the declaration did not violate international law.

Coat of arms of Kosovo

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