Stoltenberg at a briefing with the leader of Serbia: NATO will increase troops in Kosovo in case of escalation - Ukraine news, Politics

Stoltenberg at a briefing with the leader of Serbia: NATO will increase troops in Kosovo in case of escalation – Ukraine news, Politics

NATO will increase its peacekeeping force in Kosovo if tensions escalate with neighboring Serbia. This was stated by the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg during a joint briefing with the President of Serbia Alexander Vucictransmits Reuters.

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“Now we have an important mission, a military presence in Kosovo of about 4,000 people,” Stoltenberg said. “If necessary, we will transfer troops, deploy them where necessary, and increase our presence. We have already increased our presence in the north. We are ready do more”.

Negotiations between the Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti and the President of Serbia are scheduled for August 18, with the assistance of the European Union.

Vučić said at the briefing that negotiations with Kurti will be difficult because the parties disagree on almost everything.

Kurti, who also met with Stoltenberg on 17 August, stressed Kosovo’s determination to become a member of NATO.

REFERENCE. Kosovo seceded from Serbia and declared its independence in 2008. Serbia still does not recognize the independence of the republic. Kosovo has been recognized by 116 countries, including the United States and most EU countries. Among those who refused to recognize the independence of the republic are Ukraine and some EU members: Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Slovakia. Kosovo supports Western sanctions against Russia. Serbia has friendly relations with Moscow. The military of the two countries regularly conduct joint exercises. In 2019, the Serbian defense minister said that the country could give up EU membership for the sake of Russia.

  • On July 31, in the north of Kosovo, at the border crossing of Jarinje, trucks blocked the main road that connects it with Serbia. The overlaps began the day before the partially recognized Kosovo was supposed to stop recognizing Serbian documents and introduce temporary ones. This is a response to the actions of Serbia, which also does not recognize the documents issued by Kosovo.
  • On August 1, the Kosovo government agreed to delay the replacement of Serbian documents and license plates for a month.

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