In the wake of the tensions that have arisen on the administrative border of Kosovo, the Kremlin spokesperson renewed Russia’s support for the Serbian side, not excluding Belgrade’s accession to the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
During a press conference held in Moscow on August 1, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov returned to the tensions aroused the day before by the announcements of the self-proclaimed authorities of Kosovo, including that of toughening the conditions of entry to its territory for the Serbs by no longer recognizing the identity documents issued by Belgrade.
“We support Serbia, we stand alongside the Kosovo Serbs,” commented the spokesperson, certainly welcoming the return to a calmer situation on the ground but stressing at the same time that tensions have only been “shifted by a month”, since the local authorities of Pristina announced that they had decided to waive the entry into force of the measures on August 1, postponing their application to September 1, 2022.
Dmitry Peskov also expressed Moscow’s support for Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s call for peace, the latter having spoken out in favor of a “de-escalation” of tensions, calling on the international community to influence the self-proclaimed authorities of Kosovo in this sense. “All guarantors must make efforts to prevent escalation,” added the Kremlin spokesman, insisting that “all the rights of Serbs must be respected”.
Asked about Belgrade’s possible membership of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (OTSC), which brings together Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Dmitri Peskov indicated that “the question was not the agenda” in the immediate future, adding however that the relations between the two countries were “deep” and that they would continue to “develop”.
According to AFP, the Serb minority in Kosovo dismantled the barricades erected in the north of the territory on August 1 after the self-proclaimed government in Pristina postponed the measures at the origin of the tensions. According to an AFP correspondent, protesters removed trucks and other vehicles that had been blocking access to two crossing points into the region since July 31. On the evening of July 31, the Kosovo Force (KFOR), implemented by NATO, explained that it was “prepared to intervene” if the “stability” of the region were to be “endangered”. “.
Kosovo unilaterally proclaimed its independence in 2008, which is recognized by the United States and most Western countries, but not by Serbia, Russia, China, India or Spain.
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