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Serbia | The president sends the army chief to the border with Kosovo

(Belgrade) Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic sent the army chief to the border with Kosovo on Sunday night where Serbs erected roadblocks in a new escalation of tension, General Milan Moiselovic himself announced.

Reached by phone by Pink TV, the Serbian army chief of staff said he was on his way to the town of Raska, ten kilometers from the border with Kosovo, after speaking with President Vucic in Belgrade.

“The tasks received by the Serbian army […] “Accurate, clear, and it will be fully implemented,” General Mojcelovic said.

He added, “The situation there is complex and complex, and requires in the coming period the presence of the Serbian army along the administrative line,” which is the term used by the Serbian authorities to define the border with Kosovo.

Serbia does not recognize the independence declared by its former southern province, which is inhabited overwhelmingly by Albanians, in 2008.

Belgrade encourages the Serbs in Kosovo to challenge the local authorities at a time when Pristina wants to extend its sovereignty over the entire province.

Several hundred Serbs have been setting up roadblocks since December 10 in northern Kosovo to protest the arrest of a former Serb policeman, which paralyzed traffic to two border crossings with Serbia.

Shortly before General Mojcelovic left for the border area, several Serbian media outlets broadcast a video circulating on social media, in which we hear bursts of gunfire, claiming that these were “fights” that occurred on the evening of the start when the Kosovo forces tried to dismantle a barricade. .

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The Kosovo Police denied this immediately and said on their Facebook page that they were not involved in any exchange of fire.

On the other hand, the media in Pristina claimed that a Kosovo Peacekeeping Force (KFOR) patrol was in the firing area, but there were no casualties or damage.

For his part, Kosovo’s Interior Minister, Khilal Svekla, confirmed that the KFOR patrol had been attacked.

Kafour, which recently strengthened its presence in the north, did not communicate about the incident.

At the beginning of November, hundreds of Serb police officers who had been integrated into the Kosovo police, as well as judges, prosecutors and other civil servants left their posts en masse, in protest of a controversial decision, now suspended by the Pristina government, to ban the use of Serbs living in Kosovo. In Kosovo license plates issued by Serbia.