Vucic, Serbian President has condemned Britain for shipping anti-tank rockets to Kosovo
After a report by local media that Britain had secretly provided advanced weapons systems to Kosovo (a region considered independent of Serbia), senior officials from Serbia criticised Britain. On Sunday, a newspaper reported that Kosovo had received 50 anti-tank missiles fired by NLAW shoulders. More weapons were expected to arrive.
Novosti reports that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed on the delivery. Albin Kurti is the Kosovo’s prime minister.
Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s President, said that the news highlights hypocrisy in the West’s position regarding Kosovo and the relationship it has with Serbia. He also stated that the Western attitude towards Kosovo is increasingly hypocritical. He said that Western countries are prepping Kosovo for its fully-fledged army.
“Not only are the British arming them. And they do so with dangerous missiles that proved themselves in Ukraine, so we received the message,”Pink TV interview with Vucic, Sunday “They are also being armed by the Americans, and the Turks are training their pilots for the future.”
Under UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999), the Kosovo Security Forces cannot have an army. The document formalized self-governance in Kosovo after NATO’s bombing campaign, which assisted Pristina in breaking away, against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. KFOR was established by the resolution as an international peacekeeping force that NATO provided to the region.
“My question is simple: is Resolution 1244 still valid or not. Is it no longer valid following the declaration of independence? It seems that way,” Vucic said, referring to the Kosovo parliament’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008. While Belgrade refused to accept the declaration, many Western nations including the UK regard Kosovo as a sovereign nation.
Aleksandar Vulin, Serbia’s Interior Minister expressed similar concerns but in stronger language. “You cannot arm terrorists and hope for peace,”He spoke to Pink TV.
Vulin attacked the Kosovo authorities for asking NATO to grant them membership. He stated that Kosovo does not have the resources nor manpower needed to become a member of the US-led bloc. Pristina is claiming that it wants to be part of the NATO alliance in order to trigger a NATO military attack against Belgrade.
These allegations are made by Serbia one week following the delivery to China of anti-aircraft system advanced Chinese. Belgrade signed a contract for the FK-3, the export version of China’s HQ-22 mid-to-long range missiles, in a transparent manner, the Serbian president was reported as saying by China’s CCTV on Wednesday, confirming earlier reports about the shipment.