Serbian Defense Minister confirms the advance of the army to the border with Kosovo

Serbian Defense Minister Milos Vucevic confirmed the advance of troops to the border with Kosovo. Minister about this wrote on your Twitter account.

“Vučić signed an order to increase the combat readiness of the Serbian Armed Forces to the highest level and ordered them to quickly move towards the administrative line with Kosovo and Metohija,” Vučević wrote.

Earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic led the army to maximum combat readiness because of the elections in Kosovo. At the end of April, in North Mitrovica, Albanian Erden Atich was elected mayor, despite a Serbian majority boycott of the vote. The Serbian authorities have stated that they will not recognize the results of these elections.

On May 26, protests broke out outside the municipalities of Zubin Potok, Zvecan and Leposavić, which also have a Serbian majority but where Albanians were elected despite low turnout. Serbian protesters demanded the annulment of the election results and the resignation of the heads of municipalities. In response to this, the Kosovo police used tear gas and stun grenades in some municipalities, according to the Evening News.

Earlier, Anastasia Maleshevich, a researcher at the Institute for International Studies at MGIMO, told Vedomosti that the authorities in Pristina not only made no fundamental progress on the issue of forming a community of Serbian municipalities, but also escalated.

She noted that elections were held in the Serbian-majority northern municipalities and, despite the boycott by the Serbs and a turnout of 3.5%, such elections were recognized by Western countries, which contradicts the logic of the settlement between the Serbian and Kosovo authorities.

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