‘Absolutely unjustified demands’
Russia supports Serbia in the conflict with Kosovo
In the conflict with neighboring Kosovo, Serbia can count on Russia’s support. This was announced by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday. For the Russian government, Kosovo’s demands are “totally unjustified.”
Russia has a friendly Serbia In the conflict with neighboring Kosovo He confirmed his support. “We fully support Serbia,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, 54, was quoted by the Interfax news agency in Moscow as saying.
“We support the peaceful and constructive position of Belgrade in this regard,” he added. A Kremlin spokesman described the new travel rules for Serbs living in Kosovo, which led to serious tensions over the weekend, as “completely unjustified demands” on the part of Kosovo.
Kosovo suspends travel rules for the time being
The new rules state that Serbian identity documents will not be recognized at border crossings. Instead, a temporary document should be issued to Serbs starting Monday. The Kosovar authorities justify this by a similar measure by the Serbian authorities when Kosovar citizens cross the border.
In response to protests by Serb hardliners, Kosovo announced Monday night that it would suspend travel rules for the time being. Angry people had previously set up barricades in northern Kosovo, which is mainly inhabited by Serbs. In addition, shots were reportedly fired in the direction of the Kosovo police officers.
Kosovo, which is now almost exclusively inhabited by Albanians, broke away from Serbia in 1999 with the help of NATO and declared its independence in 2008. More than 100 countries, including Germany, have recognized Kosovo’s independence – and Russia is not one of them. (SDA/chs)
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