points warning to NATO

107 points warning to NATO

If NATO sits on its palms Serbia will save its folks in Kosovo from pogroms, Aleksandar Vucic stated

NATO’s peacekeeping power in Kosovo ought to “do their job” in defending the Serb minority, or Belgrade will do it unilaterally, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated on Sunday.

In a televised handle after assembly Kosovo Serbs, Vucuc’s speech comes a number of days after EU-brokered talks between Serbian and Kosovo leaders collapsed.

The crux of the dispute between the Balkan nation and its breakaway province is Kosovo’s push to declare Serbian id paperwork and car license plates invalid on its territory. Because of this, tensions flared up in late July, with ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo blocking roads and erecting barricades. After EU intervention, Kosovo agreed to postpone the measures till September 1.

We’ve nowhere to go, we’re cornered,” Vucic claimed. “We are going to save our folks from persecution and pogroms, if NATO doesn’t wish to do it.”

Although Serbia and Kosovo are slated to renew talks, Vucic was not optimistic about defusing the disaster, arguing that Kosovo authorities in Prishtina have rejected all “compromise options.”

We will search a compromise within the subsequent 10 days however I concern that the Rubicon has been crossed way back,” he emphasised, accusing Kosovo authorities of looking for “to lastly take away the Serbian folks” from the breakaway province, a press release that has been repeatedly denied by Prishtina.

The Serbian president additionally criticized NATO for ramping up its presence in northern Kosovo, the place a few half of all native Serbs stay. In keeping with earlier media reviews, the NATO-led Kosovo Power (KFOR) deployed a major variety of troops to 2 checkpoints on the border between Serbia and Kosovo, vowing to intervene if essential. As of now, about 3,600 NATO troops are stationed in Kosovo.

Kosovo declared independence in 2008. Nonetheless, Serbia, together with Russia and China refused to acknowledge it. Earlier, Moscow accused the West of fueling the battle between Belgrade and Pristina and pressuring Serbia to undertake anti-Russian sanctions supported by a lot of the continent. Kosovo blamed Russia for the escalation by claiming Moscow is looking for to distract worldwide consideration from its navy offensive in Ukraine.

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