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West pressuring Serbia over Kosovo – president

Western European powers backed by the US and Turkey are trying to railroad Serbia into signing an agreement with the breakaway province of Kosovo as soon as possible, the country’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, has claimed. The West is eager to end the conflict between Belgrade and Pristina so it can …

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7 nations ready to revoke recognition of Kosovo – Belgrade

Belgrade has managed to convince seven nations to withdraw their recognition of Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Saturday, addressing the nation. The president did not name specific countries that had told Belgrade they would do so but still praised the development as an achievement of Serbian diplomacy, demonstrating …

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Serbia-Kosovo deal reached

Serbia and Kosovo have reached an “agreement on freedom of movement” following weeks of tensions, the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Saturday, adding that he was “happy to announce” the deal between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s prime minister Albin Kurti. Following the last week’s meeting between …

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Serbia promised riches for abandoning Kosovo

The sooner Serbia recognizes Kosovo’s independence, the faster they can both reunite in the prosperous embrace of the EU, in which the former Yugoslavia will power the continent’s entire economy, the US envoy for the Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, said on Friday in an interview with a local CNN affiliate. “I …

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NATO increases presence in Kosovo – media

The NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) has increased its patrols of the northern part of the province amid ongoing tensions between Belgrade and Pristina, Serbian media reported on Saturday. Troops were deployed in significant numbers to two checkpoints at the border between Serbia and Kosovo, the reports said, adding that KFOR …

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Serbia accused of ‘Putin’s playbook’ in Kosovo

Kosovo accused Serbia on Sunday of fomenting unrest and trying to undermine the “rule of law” in the breakaway province. Prime Minister Albin Kurti claimed the local Serbs had opened fire on Kosovo police, while the president’s cabinet said Belgrade was acting on behalf of Russia. In a video message …

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Trump’s Kosovo envoy slams US over crisis

Richard Grenell, who negotiated a Kosovo-Serbia deal under the Trump administration after a turn in charge of the US intelligence community, on Sunday blamed the “reckless” prime minister in Pristina for the renewed tensions with Belgrade and slammed the State Department for enabling him. “What’s happening in the Balkans isn’t …

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Kosovo delays crackdown on Serbs

Authorities in the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo announced late on Sunday they would postpone the implementation of their ban on Serbian license plates and identification documents until September 1. The US ambassador reportedly urged Pristina to do so, as Kosovo police were met with roadblocks erected by local Serbs …

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NATO force on alert amid Kosovo tensions

The NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) peacekeepers were spotted late on Saturday in the city of Kosovska Mitrovica, located in the north of Serbia’s breakaway region of Kosovo. The force, apparently Italian carabinieri units, were spotted guarding a bridge across the Ibar river, footage from the scene circulated by local media …

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Russia warns Kosovo against conflict

The government in Pristina and its backers in Brussels and Washington should stop their provocations and respect the rights of ethnic Serbs in Kosovo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday. Serbian troops were put on high alert and local residents in the north of the breakaway province …

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