World Serbia-Kosovo: "If they start to be violent, protect yourself and we will support you" (VUCIC)

11:25  14 october  2021
11:25  14 october  2021 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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The Serbian President Aleksander Vucic went to the bedside of Kosovo Serbs after the clashes that erupted Wednesday. Mitrovica. The tension rises again between Belgrade and Pristina.

Le président serbe Alekandar Vucic au chevet des Serbes du Kosovo, 13 octobre 2021 © AFP Screenshot AFP The Serbian President Alekandar Vucic at the bedside of the Kosovo Serbs, 13 October 2021

The Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met the Kosovo Serbs after the violent clashes that took place on Wednesday in the city of Mitrovica .

clashes that erupted after a vast anti-contraband operation conducted by Kosovare police in 28 localities, including Pristina, PEC and Mitrovica. In the latter, civilians from the Serb minority led a guerrilla war against the police, considering being the real target. Aleksandar Vucic supported them:

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"Do not react to non-violence. But if they start to be violent ... if they start violence ... Protect your people and we You will support. "

Kosovo: Border clashes between Kosovars and Serbian civilians

Several civilians and police were injured in Mitrovica. Kosovar forces had to withdraw.

Pristina emphasizes the fact that it was an ordinary police operation and that none of the persons arrested was Serbian, while the Prosecutor and the Judge of the Case are.

This transaction was not directed against any nationality, this operation was directed against criminals that were smuggling illegal goods in Kosovo. Xhelal Svecla Minister of the Interior of Kosovo

The Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic denounced "the mad politics of Pristina" and called the international community, NATO and KFOR to react.

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"The violent incidents in northern Kosovo must end immediately," responded Josep Borrell, the leader of European diplomacy on Twitter. "Unilateral and uncoordinated actions that endanger stability is unacceptable," he said, adding that the EU was "in contact" with Belgrade and Pristina.

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