With a threat to stability in the north of Kosovo, the North Atlantic Alliance is ready to intervene. This was announced by the representative office of the NATO Force for Kosovo (KFOR) mission on its Twitter account on August 1.
“The general security situation in the northern municipality of Kosovo [продолжает оставаться] tense. The NATO-led KFOR mission is closely monitoring the situation and stands ready to intervene if stability [в регионе] will be endangered,” the publication says.
It is added that KFOR calls on the parties to resume negotiations and notes the importance of their continuation for establishing peace and security in the region.
On July 31, it became known that the Kosovo people in the north of the region blocked the administrative point of the Brnjak crossing. The media also reported that the Serbian and Albanian population of the city of Kosovska Mitrovica is gathering in groups in their parts of the city. At the same time, the Serbian Ministry of Defense denied the participation of the Serbian side in the growth of tension with Kosovo.
The head of the committee on Kosovo and Metohija of the National Assembly (unicameral parliament) of Serbia, Milovan Dretsun, admitted that the unpredictability of the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, could lead to large-scale clashes in the region. Earlier, Vucic warned about Pristina’s plans to declare Serbian documents on its territory invalid from August 1.
Petar Petkovic said that the ban imposed by the authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo on August 1 on entry with Serbian documents and car numbers issued in Serbia is unacceptable and is aimed at driving ethnic Serbs out of Kosovo and Metohija.
The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, described the decision of the “authorities” in Pristina to force the replacement of documents and numbers of local Serbs as another step towards the expulsion of the Serbian population from Kosovo. Moscow called for an end to the provocations initiated with the assistance of the European Union and the United States of America.
Kosovo-Albanian structures in Pristina in 2008 declared independence from Serbia. According to the Serbian constitution, the territory of the unrecognized state is an autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija within the country. The republic is not recognized by dozens of countries, including Russia.