Serbia could become ‘pariah’ over Kosovo, president warns

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s populist president warned during a chaotic parliamentary session on Thursday that the Balkan nation could become a European “pariah” state if it rejects a Western plan for normalizing relations with Kosovo. President Aleksandar Vucic faced a hostile reception from the right-wing opposition, which urged parliament to reject the plan and … Read more

UK confirms it is considering supplying Ukraine with tanks – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LONDON — The UK government is considering supplying Ukraine with British-made Challenger 2 tanks, officials have confirmed. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson said Tuesday that the UK has not yet made any final decisions on the provision of modern battle tanks — but did … Read more

EU wary of further Kosovo-Serbia tensions as it pushes final deal – POLITICO

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Repeated border roadblocks, shootings and attacks on journalists have imperiled months of EU-led negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia. In the past week, a long-running dispute between the two countries once again reached a tipping point, with new barricades going up and Serbia moving its troops to high readiness after Kosovo deployed police … Read more

Kosovo-Serbia tensions: Mood on the ground, possible scenarios | Conflict News

As 2022 winds down, the world is increasingly nervous about Kosovo and Serbia’s sabre-rattling further escalating as ethnic tensions in northern Kosovo continue to flare. Serbia’s army put its troops on “highest level of combat readiness” six days after Prime Minister Ana Brnabic declared that tensions were “on the brink of armed conflict”. On Thursday, … Read more

Protesting Serbs in northern Kosovo start removing barricades | Conflict News

The roadblock near the main border crossing between Kosovo and Serbia has been removed, according to the state-run RTS television and Kosovo police, announcing the move that paves the way for easing soaring tensions in the volatile region. Cars and trucks were queuing in front of the border point from the Serbian side where the … Read more

Protesting Serbs in northern Kosovo agree to remove barricades | Conflict News

Serb protesters have agreed to start removing barricades and end their blockade of roads in northern Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said. Vucic, who met Serbs from northern Kosovo in the Serbian town of Raska, said the process of removing the barricades, which have blocked roads for 19 days, will begin on Thursday morning. … Read more

Kosovo minister sees Russian influence in growing Serbian tension Conflict News

Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla accused Belgrade of supporting Serbian protesters as a means to destabilize Kosovo. Kosova’s Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla has accused Serbia, under the influence of Russia, of attempting to destabilize his country by supporting the Serb minority in northern Kosovo who have blocked roads in an escalation of weeks of protests. Serbs … Read more

Serbian troops on Kosovo border in state of ‘combat readiness’ | Conflict News

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has ordered that ‘all measures be taken to protect the Serbian people in Kosovo’. Serbia has placed its security forces on the border with Kosovo in a “full state of combat readiness”, senior officials have said, amid increasingly strained relations with its neighbor and despite calls by the European Union and … Read more

Serbia places its troops on Kosovo border on combat alert

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Serbia on Monday placed its security troops on the border with Kosovo on “the full state of combat readiness,” ignoring NATO’s calls for calming down of tensions between the two wartime Balkan enemies. Serbia’s Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic said he “ordered the full combat readiness” of police and other security units … Read more

NATO probing shooting incident in tense Kosovo north

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo said Monday they were investigating a shooting incident in a tense northern region, urging calm as Serbia’s top military officials inspected their troops on the border with Kosovo in a show of combat readiness. The incident on Sunday evening took place in Zubin Potok, a town in … Read more