NATO to Intervene in Kosovo Crisis Upon Escalation

NATO announced it is ready to intervene in the Balkans after Kosovo postponed the implementation of the new regulations in response to weekend tensions with Serbia.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, in a statement released on Sunday, condemned the obstruction of roads in the north of Kosovo and the firing of weapons by armed people there. 

Kurti stated that senior members of the Kosovo government have spoken with American and EU representatives and that his administration “pledges to defer the implementation” of the new regulations until September 1 “after all barriers are dismantled and total freedom of movement is restored to all highways in the north” of Kosovo.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vui tweeted on Sunday night that they “pray and plead for peace.” 

“If they dare to persecute and kill Serbs, Serbia will win,” Vui added. 

NATO-led multinational peacekeeping organization, Kosovo Force (KFOR) reaffirmed its dedication to upholding stability in the region.

“KFOR maintains a visible and agile posture on the ground and the KFOR Commander is in contact with all of his main interlocutors, including the representatives of Kosovo security organizations and the Serbian Chief of Defense,” KFOR said in a published statement. 

Kosovo declared its independence in 2008 following the war in the late 1990s, but since 2011, Pristina and Belgrade have been attempting to negotiate over technical problems through a conversation facilitated by the EU. 

Tensions between Kosovo and Serbia flared up last year after an argument over registration plates.

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