NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg: KFOR has increased patrolling in the north of Kosovo and is ready to intervene. The International Security Forces in Kosovo (KFOR), operating under the auspices of the North Atlantic Alliance, have increased patrolling in the north of the self-proclaimed republic.
This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, RIA Novosti reports.
In the event of a conflict, they are ready to intervene in the situation around the region. The situation there has worsened due to the plans of the Kosovo authorities to ban entry on Serbian documents from September 1: their owners will receive a temporary certificate when crossing the border. In addition, mandatory re-registration of cars with Serbian license plates will be started. They will be replaced with numbers with local designations and the coat of arms of the self-proclaimed territory.
“KFOR has strengthened its presence at the Yarine and Brnyak checkpoints in order to improve their understanding of the situation. Patrols have also been increased in that area. These measures have been taken so that, if necessary, KFOR can respond to any security challenge,” Stoltenberg said.
In recent days, the Kosovo police have installed an observation tower near the Yarine checkpoint and reinforced the checkpoints with concrete slabs. It is noted that now about 100 thousand Serbs live in Kosovo and Metohija.
Earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, assessing the prospects of negotiations with the Prime Minister of the unrecognized Republic of Kosovo Albin Kurti in Brussels in August, said that he was not optimistic about this issue.
The escalation on the Serbian-Kosovo border began on July 31. In the northern regions of Kosovo, air alarms went off, and the Serbs began to build barricades in Rudar, on the Pristina—Leposavich highway and near the town of Zvecan.