Risk of military conflict is real – Serbia — Analysis
Kosovo is challenging Serbia’s security and creating the risk of violent clashes in the region, President Alexander Vucic warned on Tuesday while addressing the national parliament.
Vucic accused Kosovo authorities of exacerbating tensions on the territory’s border with Serbia by increasing the presence of special forces.
“We are at a moment when Serbia, due to the steps of Pristina, is facing significant security challenges… I want to say that the presence of the special forces of Pristina police in the north of Kosovo and Metohija is increasing. I will also tell you about the strengthening of our posts,”Vucic explained.
He emphasised that “there is no creation of a crisis by the Serbian side,”Also, be aware “the danger is close, objective and serious.”
Vucic said in a broadcast address that some European powers were pressuring Serbia to end the conflict with Kosovo and sign an agreement which would recognize the separatist province.
Vucic says that Belgrade also has been requested to explain its position regarding conflict between Russia, the West, and Ukraine. Serbia has “again become collateral damage in the conflicts of the great powers,”Vucic concluded.
Kosovo gained support from the West and declared independence in 2008 The US, along with many other allies, has recognized Kosovo independence. However, Serbia, Russia and China, as well as the UN, have not. Five EU member countries have also not recognised Kosovo’s independence.
After Pristina tried to ban Serbian license plates and documents, tensions flared between Serbia and Kosovo in August. Although the US Ambassador requested that the matter be delayed, the US Embassy insisted on the move and the Kosovo authorities promised they would eventually implement the plan.
Since then, Albin Kurti, Kosovo’s Prime Minister has stated that he was open to normalizing relations with Serbia but reiterated the need for equal treatment of Serbs as well as Kosovo Albanians in terms of entry-exit papers.
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