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US and EU call for immediate end to Serbia-Kosovo tensions

European Union and United States instaron on Wednesday Kosovo and Serbia will take “urgent” steps to ease tensions Amid growing unrest in its border region.

“We call on all of us to exercise maximum restraint, unconditionally de-escalate the situation and refrain from provocation, threats or intimidation,” the EU and the US said in a joint statement after Kosovo closed its largest border with its neighboring country. call for immediate action to avoid in the north.

Russia supports Serbia over tension in Kosovo

this Wednesday Kremlin announces Russia supports Serbia’s actions to end tensions with KosovoAfter that Serbian citizens put up barricades, shots and explosions were also recorded.

“We have very close, historical and spiritual ties with Serbia,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Russia is following “very carefully” what is happening in Kosovo. And of course, we support the actions taken by Belgrade”, he stressed.

According to Peskov, “It is natural that Serbia protects the rights of Serbs living in the neighborhood in such difficult conditions and reacts severely when their rights are violated”,

Background of the Serbia–Kosovo conflict

President of Serbia, Alexander Vucic, sent to General Milan Mojsilovic on Sunday, military general, a la frontera with kosovoWhere the Serbian community has put up barricades, tensions have once again risen in the young Balkan country.

next day, The Serbian government put its troops on standby and increased the Serbian military presence. In the area announced by Defense Minister Milos Vucevic, 1,500 to 5,000 troops are moving.

Milos Vucevic assured Wednesday on public channel RTS that the country was ready to reach an “agreement” with Kosovo, but offered no further details.

Serbia does not recognize the independence of its former southern province. -Populated mostly by ethnic Albanians-, declared in 2008.

Belgrade encourages 120,000 Kosovo Serbs to challenge local authoritiesWhile Pristina wants to consolidate its sovereignty over the whole region.

Hundreds of Kosovo Serbs have been blocking highways in the north of the country since 10 December. Protests against the arrest of a former Serbian police officer, which paralyzed traffic at two border posts with Serbia.

on Tuesday, Dozens of protesters used trucks and tractors to block traffic at the Serbian border Which leads to the biggest border post between the two countries. Kosovo dubbed the measure an “illegal blockade” and closed the pass on Wednesday.

at the beginning of novembera controversial decision of The Pristina government banned Kosovo Serbs from using Serbian-issued vehicle license plates.

The measure, which was suspended, also led to an increase in tensions. Hundreds of Serbian police officers joined the Kosovar police, as well as judges, prosecutors and other officials who resigned in protest.

With information from AFP

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