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Balkan surge highlights risk of other European conflicts

NATO and the European Union have rushed to ease tensions between Kosovo and Serbia after a weekend flare-up that some politicians and experts say could be used by Russia to trigger further instability in Europe .

On Sunday, NATO forces tasked with securing Kosovo threatened to intervene to prevent a bureaucratic dispute over cross-border trade from escalating beyond a war of words between Kosovo and Serbia. Kosovo authorities said shots were fired during a clash between Kosovo police and ethnic Serbs near the Serbian border on Sunday, but no one was hit.


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