The Serbian Prosecutor’s Office will check the legality of the forceful actions of special units of the authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo against the Serbs in the north of the region. This was announced on Sunday, September 26, by the head of the country’s defense ministry Nebojsa Stefanovich.
Together with Chief of General Staff Milan Moisilovich, Russian Ambassador Alexander Botan-Kharchenko and Russian military attaché Major General Alexander Zinchenko on Sunday, he inspected Serbian army units in Raska near Kosovo and Metohija.
“Our prosecutor’s office will consider in the coming days whether there are grounds for initiating cases against fighters of the ROSU special forces, who committed various crimes against the Serbs in our southern region. We will inform all international structures what is happening in Kosovo and Metohija and why international rules, the UN resolution and the Brussels agreement are not being observed, ”the military department quoted Stefanovich as saying.
As the minister noted, the Kosovo authorities do not comply with the agreement with Serbia on the formation of the Community of Serbian Communities (MTR) with autonomy rights in the province. In addition, the Serbian police in recent days have been detaining Serbs who have placed MTR symbols in Kosovo.
“We did not detain anyone, did not enter the north of the region, do not brandish weapons in Kosovo and Metohija, did not take a single step that would increase the tension. At the same time, an action by Pristina is taking place in the north, the sole purpose of which is to increase tension and a threat to the Serbian people, and it must be stopped, ”the head of the department emphasized.
According to him, Serbia “acts within the framework of its rights and is very concerned about security in the north of Kosovo and throughout the region.”
Earlier that day, the press service of the Russian Embassy in Serbia, following the visit of the Russian ambassador, stated that the Serbian side was behaving with restraint and responsibility during the aggravation on the administrative line with Kosovo and Metohija. During the trip, it was stated that the only way to resolve the situation is to return to the pre-crisis status quo.
Earlier that day, the European Union (EU) called on Belgrade and Pristina to immediately withdraw special forces from the north of Kosovo, as well as to eliminate checkpoints in the region.
On September 20, riots broke out among Serbs and Kosovars (Kosovar Albanians) at the Yarine border checkpoint. Then, due to the decision of the Kosovo police not to let vehicles with Serbian registration plates (now drivers have to install temporary Kosovo plates at the border), Serbs living in the north of Kosovo began protest actions.
In response, the Kosovar side deployed its Interior Ministry fighters near the border: according to the Serbian side, special forces entered the territory with 350 troops, 20 armored vehicles and snipers.
On September 21, Izvestia’s source in NATO announced that the alliance would not involve its forces in resolving the conflict on the border between Serbia and the partially recognized Republic of Kosovo. According to him, the situation is stable.
The situation escalated three days later when three Serbs were beaten by Kosovo police. The Serbian President called on Western countries to influence Pristina, demanding to withdraw special forces to their original positions in accordance with the Brussels agreements, which regulate the dialogue between Serbs and Kosovars.
In 2008, the Kosovo-Albanian structures in Pristina declared independence from Serbia. According to the Serbian constitution, the territory of the unrecognized state is the autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija within the country. The republic is not recognized by about 60 states, including Russia, China, Spain and Greece.