While the tension between the Serb and Albanian populations of the Kosovo region rose a notch during the day of July 31 concerning the entry into force of a measure, decided by the self-proclaimed authorities of Pristina, aimed at to declare Serbian identity documents in the region invalid from August 1, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke again late in the evening on the Pink television channel.
Vucic thanks ‘those who supported Serbia’
He first wanted to “thank those who supported Serbia”. “I especially want to thank […] the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, who noticed exactly what happened and reacted very, very correctly,” he explained.
Indeed, earlier in the evening, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, had denounced “the decision of the “authorities” of Pristina to start applying unreasonable discriminatory “rules” on the forced replacement of documents personal […] local Serbs”. She also called on the local authorities in Pristina “to stop the provocations”.
Aleksandar Vucic also asked the international community to influence the self-proclaimed authorities of Kosovo in order to tend towards a “de-escalation”.
“I believe that we[…] We will have good news for the foreseeable future. I hope if not tonight [le 31 juillet]so tomorrow [le 1er août] there will be a de-escalation and we will have time to prepare the conversation and try to come to a compromise solution, to keep the peace,” he added.
While the day of July 31 was marked by renewed tension in the Balkan Republic, the local authorities of Pristina finally announced, on the night of July 31 to August 1, that they had decided to temporarily give up the entry into force of the measure, postponing its application to September 1.
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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