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Serbia deploys troops to Kosovo's borders

Oct 1, 2023

Serbia has pulled a significant number of troops to the borders of Kosovo. This is stated in a statement by the White House, Voice of America reports.


The spokesman for the White House National Security Council, John Kirby, said that Washington is observing the presence of significant Serbian forces along the border with Kosovo.

"This includes an unprecedented deployment of advanced Serbian artillery, tanks, and motorized infantry units. We see this as a highly destabilizing development and call on Serbia to withdraw these forces from the border," Kirby said.

He added that these forces appeared near the border over the past week, and the purpose of such actions by the Serbian side is unclear.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on this issue and called on him to immediately escalate and return to dialogue.

At the same time, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with Prime Minister Albin Kurti of partially recognized Kosovo.

President Vucic did not deny that Serbia has increased its troop presence near Kosovo but rejected the suggestion that these forces are on alert and insisted that "not even half the troops that were there 2-3 months ago" are there.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 01/10/2023

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