Serbia ‘pushed to the wall’ – president — RT World News
Nation faces ‘difficult night’, says Aleksandar Vucic amid standoff in northern Kosovo
Serbia has found itself in an extremely difficult situation, the country’s President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday after a meeting of the National Security Council. He also accused Pristina and Washington of showing little respect for the agreements.
Vucic’s words came as tensions erupted between Belgrade and Kosovo authorities in the northern part of the breakaway region, where Serb protesters erected barricades over the weekend.
The stalemate was nothing less than “an attempt to put an end to the Serbian problem in Kosovo”, Vucic pointed out, blaming Pristina for the tensions and accusing a “good part of the international community” of “participant” under the regime of the Kosovo authorities.
At the international level, information on the situation in Kosovo abounds “direct falsifications, naked lies”, said the president, adding that “On the ground, we have a difficult struggle of a people for survival.”
Vucic, who claimed Sunday was his “more difficult” day as president, urged Serbs in northern Kosovo to “Be calm and peaceful and do not fall into provocations.” In particular, the President asked them to refrain from any aggressive action against EULEX and KFOR, the missions led by the EU and NATO respectively, stationed in Kosovo.
He also said that Belgrade had received “insurance” of KFOR that we should not “violent actions” against the protesters. “We will do everything to preserve peace and stability,” he added.
At the same time, Vucic accused the United States of siding with Kosovo against Serbia by not respecting the agreements reached with Belgrade. Washington nurtured Kosovo like a “child” twenty years, the president said, saying the United States is now “protect” this.
I have a question for our American partners: which agreements does Pristina respect and which do the Americans respect?
The standoff in Serb-majority northern Kosovo was sparked by the arrest of a former police officer accused of attacking a Kosovo law enforcement patrol. Tensions were already high after Pristina announced snap elections in the region, which were to be boycotted by all Serbian parties. On Saturday, Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani postponed the vote until April.
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