Russia has been shut off by the situation in the north of the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo as the conflict goes from bad to worse. With these words, Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, reacted to the situation in the region, in a comment on website departments.
“We emphasize once again that NATO’s Force for Kosovo and the EU’s Rule of Law Mission have the necessary mandates to counter the lawlessness,” the diplomat said. She noted that the European Union and NATO are responsible for “protecting civilians, ensuring peace and security” in the region.
Zakharova recalled that Pristina blocked transport links between the north of the republic, where Serbs predominantly live, and Serbia itself. At the same time, from the actions of the Kosovo special forces and the police, there were casualties among the civilian population. The diplomat saw in the actions of the Kosovo authorities to establish undivided control over the Serbian provinces.
On the evening of September 27, it became known that a group of 15 Albanians attacked Serbs with knives and bottles in the southern part of the Kosovar city of Kosovska Mitrovica. Earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that Belgrade would take action. [сербского] population ”in Kosovo.
On the morning of September 20, Kosovo police and special forces occupied the Yarine and Brnjak border crossings on the border with Serbia, fulfilling Pristina’s ban on vehicles with Serbian numbers from entering the self-proclaimed republic. Immediately after that, peaceful protests of the Serbs began, which were dispersed by the Kosovo security forces using special equipment.