Serbia slams Germany’s ‘absurdity’ — RT World News
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock rejected Belgrade’s plan to request the deployment of Serbian troops in Kosovo as a “totally unacceptable” provocation, prompting accusations of double standards from Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.
“In terms of international law and stability, on the basis of what criteria do you decide [UN Security Council Resolutions] should be respected, and which should be ignored?…A mind-boggling level of absurdity,” Brnabic tweeted Sunday evening.
Under UN Security Council Resolution 1244, Brnabic noted, Serbia has the right to send military and police personnel to Kosovo in certain situations, including in the event that the “a peaceful and normal life” of its population becomes threatened.
The importance of adhering to the respective UN Security Council resolutions “every problem” was also stressed at the meeting of G7 foreign ministers in May – and yet, when it comes to Serbia, Germany is now “explicitly saying that UNSCR 1244…must be ignored,” according to Brnabic.
President Aleksandar Vucic announced on Saturday that Serbia would ask for its forces to be deployed in Kosovo amid an Albanian-led crackdown on the province’s Serbian population, although he was confident NATO would reject the move. ‘call. On Sunday, Belgrade would have received “insurance” of KFOR that we should not “violent actions” against the protesters.
Baerbock called Belgrade’s statements provocative, while praising Pristina for allegedly doing its best to defuse tensions. “Recent rhetoric from Serbia has done the opposite. To suggest sending Serbian forces to Kosovo is totally unacceptable,” she says.
The latest standoff in Serb-majority northern Kosovo was sparked by the arrest of a former local policeman accused of attacking an ethnic Albanian law enforcement patrol. Over the weekend, Serb demonstrators erected barricades, with authorities in Belgrade accusing the EU and other Kosovo donors of neglecting the needs of local Serbs and failing to “be careful… when they are on the barricades.”
Meanwhile, Vucic urged Serbs in northern Kosovo to “Be calm and peaceful and do not fall into provocations” and above all refrain from any aggressive action against EULEX and KFOR, the missions led by the EU and NATO respectively, stationed in Kosovo.
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