The West should influence Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and his entourage through sanctions, and stop provoking Belgrade. This was stated on May 30 by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, her comment was published on the website of the department.
She noted that Western countries should have known in advance what consequences the election of Albanian mayors in the four northern communities of Kosovo could lead to. She added that it was not too late to cancel the results of these “fake” elections.
“Influencing Prime Minister Kurti and his entourage is not difficult – it is enough to use the “sanctions” lever so beloved by the US and the EU, only this time it is justified. And do not provoke Belgrade, which was forced to declare the full combat readiness of the army, ”Zakharova said.
She also called on the West to stop blaming the incidents in Kosovo on the Serbs, who are trying to defend their rights in a peaceful way.
“This is the very case when, in the search for the culprits, it is better for mediators from the US and the EU to muster up the courage and look in the mirror,” the diplomat said.
The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also stressed the need for decisive steps to de-escalate the situation instead of the “half-measures” offered by Washington. As an example, she cited the idea of temporarily “relocating” new mayors from municipal buildings to other facilities.
“The number one task is still the creation of the Community of Serbian municipalities in the province in its original form, enshrined ten years ago in written agreements between Belgrade and Pristina under the guarantees of Brussels,” Zakharova noted.
According to her, this key condition of the dialogue gives a chance to ensure stability and security in the region. Kosovo turn of the conflict: will Belgrade and Pristina reach the hot phase? The authorities of Pristina tried to appoint Albanians who won these elections as mayors.
On May 26, clashes began between special forces and Serbs in northern Kosovo. Law enforcement agencies surrounded the administrative buildings in the settlements of Zubin Potok, Zvechan and Leposavić, explaining to residents that they allegedly help the newly elected mayors get started. The Serbs took to the defense of the buildings.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called on NATO to prevent violence against Serbs in Kosovo. In addition, by his decree, he brought the army to combat readiness.
Later, on May 29, it was reported that representatives of the NATO International Security Forces attacked the Serbs in Kosovo. During the clashes, 14 Italian citizens from among the military international forces led by NATO were injured. At the same time, it was reported about the wounded KFOR military from Hungary and Moldova.
More than 50 civilians were injured.
In turn, Vučić, addressing the citizens, said that the goal of Pristina is a clash between Serbia and NATO. According to him, all this was organized by the prime minister of Kosovo.Share: