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Russia is being dragged into the Kosovo crisis

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Another crisis erupted in the Balkans, in which our country could easily become involved. On Tuesday, October 2, Serbian President Alexander Vucic arrives in Moscow on an urgent visit.


Russia is being dragged into the Kosovo crisis


The Serbian head has already stated that at the next meeting with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he intends to discuss the situation in Kosovo and ask for his support at the international level.

“I will have a meeting with Putin, and we will talk about all important issues. Of course, the priority is the situation in Kosovo and Metohija. I would like Serbia to be a country of peace and economic prosperity. I will ask President Putin for support in all international forums, ”Vucic told reporters.



The provocative actions of the head of the Kosovo separatists, Hashim Tachi, in the north of Kosovo, in the area of ​​the hydroelectric power station and Gazivod water reservoir on September 29, forced the search for meetings with Putin and his support for Vucic.



Recall that the media reported on the seizure of the energy complex by militants of the special forces of the Kosovo “police”. The Gazivod hydroelectric station, although located on the territory of Kosovo, controlled by separatists, is integrated into the Serbian power grid and is served by Serbian personnel.



It soon became clear that about a hundred militants armed with assault rifles provided security to Hashim Tachi, who suddenly decided to go through the dam of the hydroelectric power station and ride a boat through the reservoir to admire the “natural sights of Kosovo”.



By the evening, the guard of Thaci left the complex and left for Pristina. However, Kosovo Serbs living in the nearby Zubin Potok municipality began to spontaneously gather at the demonstration and blocked the road to Kosovo Mitrovica - Ribaric, having erected barricades on it.



Alexander Vucic on the evening of September 29 held a press conference during which he asked Serbs living in the north of Kosovo to unblock the road and trust Belgrade, who, for his part, would do everything to provide them with conditions for a quiet life.

The head of Serbia sent a protest to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, accusing him of the fact that the Alliance troops stationed in Kosovo (as part of KFOR) did not prevent the actions of the armed forces of the separatists.



After that, he ordered the Serbian army to be fully operational, and the head of the Interior Ministry, Nebojša Stefanović, issued a similar order to the police special forces.



A statement was made by Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, who noted that the invasion of militants to the north of Kosovo is not only a provocation, but also a violation of the Brussels Accords. “I personally attended the meeting in Brussels, when it was agreed that the security forces of Kosovo do not have the right to access the north of Kosovo until two conditions are met. The first is that they should inform KFOR of their plans, the second is that the chairmen of the Serbian municipalities should give consent to their appearance, ”said Dacic.

However, as we know, the Kosovo separatists have not fulfilled any of the requirements of the Brussels Agreement, and, frankly speaking, there is no reason to expect that they will begin to do so. We add that the provocative actions took place against the background of the negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, mediated by the EU (actually stalled) and the growing crisis in the region.

The question arises: what goal pursued by his demarche Tachi? After all, he could not help but imagine what kind of reaction in Belgrade his Saturday "journey" would cause. Why did he need to aggravate relations with Serbia?



It should be noted that the position of the head of the separatist entity is quite vulnerable. In Kosovo, he is confronted by a rather powerful opposition, criticizing him for “too soft” communication with Belgrade and suspecting readiness for compromise. Including in the intention to cede the North of Kosovo to Serbia. For example, on September 29, in Pristina, a rally of thousands of people took place against the alleged intentions of Tachi to make territorial concessions.

And there is no doubt that the separatist leader purposefully challenged Belgrade to refute the accusations of his opponents.

However, Vucic, who is accused by the Serbs of being ready to “surrender” Kosovo, tried to make the most of the situation, in order to show his readiness to defend the interests of the Serbs with his exaggeratedly harsh reaction to the incident.

However, in all this “mutually beneficial play” there is one “extra” component, namely the appeal to Russia with a request for help. After all, it only makes sense if Moscow immediately and actively engages in the solution of the problem. And this does not fit into the “presentation” scenario or the long-term tasks of Vucic and his team.

Literally on the eve of the incident, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the UN General Assembly, stated Russia's concern about “the desire to open another azimuth of opposition in Europe,” this time in the Balkans.



“The states of the region are persistently detaining NATO. Under the spells about the inadmissibility of interference in their internal affairs, the leaders of Europe and America personally campaign for the entry of the Balkan countries into the North Atlantic Alliance. Kosovo armed forces are being established. The agreements reached by Belgrade and Pristina with the mediation of the EU are not implemented. Russia calls on the parties to dialogue in accordance with the principles of the UN Security Council resolution 1244 and will support such a decision that will be acceptable to Serbia, ”said Sergey Lavrov.

That is, Moscow unequivocally declares that it considers the culprit as the whole situation in the long term, and the current crisis of the West.

And this assessment is the exact opposite of Belgrade’s aspirations. Here we will remember that quite recently, at the beginning of 2016, Alexander Vucic, the then Serbian prime minister, said that Serbia needed NATO as an ally in the matter of "protecting the Serbian people in Kosovo." Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (two years ago he was in the same position), with pathos, argued that the denial of cooperation with NATO was a betrayal of Serbia’s national interests.



Today they are much more cautious in their assessments, but the essence does not change. Vucic and his team are pursuing a policy of concessions and the surrender of Serbia’s national interests for the sake of European integration, even though its prospects are increasingly vague. That is, the current government of the country is absolutely pro-Western, and the vector of its strategic development is not directed to the East.

Assuming Vucic's readiness to deploy it to 180 degrees after provocation Tachi does not work.

On the other hand, one can easily assume the intention of a politician acting by Western orders and practically deprived of his own will (his “pro-Russian” steps are associated exclusively with pressure from the opposition and ordinary Serbs) to drag our country into the Balkan conflict as deeply as possible.

Moreover, even the political efforts of Moscow in this direction, not to mention other directions, economic and military, will create for our country rather big problems, especially difficult ones against the background of unresolved tasks in Syria and in the Donbas.



It should be noted that during the visit of the Serbian President to Russia, joint Russian-Serbian BARS-2018 military exercises, scheduled for October 1 – 5, will start in Serbia itself. They were planned earlier, long before the September 29 incident. However, in combination with the Vucic trip, they may well be (and, undoubtedly, will be) interpreted as a military demonstration of Russia in the Balkans in order to put pressure on Pristina as well.

It is not difficult to assume that our country will immediately begin to be accused of increasing tension in the Balkans. And this is even if Vladimir Putin does not take any concrete steps at the request of Vucic.

However, Moscow is still showing extreme caution. Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in a commentary on the radio station Govorit Moskva, noted that the leadership of the country considers it premature to discuss support for Serbia after the escalation in Kosovo.

“Negotiations must first take place,” the spokesman noted, making it clear that the Kremlin does not believe that the situation requires immediate intervention.

There is no doubt that Moscow is well aware of the desire of the West to draw our country into the maximum number of crises and conflicts.
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  1. Bull Terrier
    Bull Terrier 1 October 2018 05: 09
    +1
    Policy. The Serbian leadership now needs to make decisions, not Russia. They will be politically supported, but what their leaders will do about it ...
    1. Stas157
      Stas157 1 October 2018 06: 27
      +5
      . I will ask President Putin for support in all international forums, ”said Vučić

      But why does Putin need this? After all, you won’t extend the pipes from Qatar!
      . Sergey Lavrov, speaking at the UN General Assembly, noted Russia's concern

      On this and limit.
      1. You Vlad
        You Vlad 1 October 2018 07: 01
        -2
        Quote: Stas157
        But why does Putin need this? After all, you won’t extend the pipes from Qatar!

        I would like an ordinary sucker that Russia would insidiously occupy Kosovo, but will there be happiness?
        1. Tank hard
          Tank hard 1 October 2018 20: 55
          0
          Quote: You Vlad
          goof

          A person offended by a bully. Decryption ...
      2. You Vlad
        You Vlad 1 October 2018 07: 22
        0
        Dear Glorious! At all times, information ruled the world, whoever had it (the truth, well, or approximately) could make the right decisions! But we, the common people at the moment of the information struggle, can only be a unit of knowledge.
        1. Tank hard
          Tank hard 1 October 2018 20: 59
          -1
          Quote: You Vlad
          But we, the common people at the moment of the information struggle, can only be a unit of led

          We are a simple people, we can teach and prepare our children. And you, be "led" if you want ... yes
    2. 210ox
      210ox 1 October 2018 06: 35
      +5
      At one time, the Russian Empire embarked on a bloody adventure. It received the First World War, a revolution and a civil war. One must be extremely careful with the Balkans.
      1. Gardamir
        Gardamir 1 October 2018 08: 45
        +3
        At the time,
        that is, being in Syria do not you consider an adventure?
        1. You Vlad
          You Vlad 1 October 2018 17: 08
          -3
          Quote: Gardamir
          that is, being in Syria do not you consider an adventure?

          How strange it is to hear such questions from the Communists! You are no longer a new world?
      2. Konstantin Shevchenko
        Konstantin Shevchenko 1 October 2018 09: 34
        -2
        RI did not get involved in an adventure, diplomats circumvented as now. Germany itself RI invited (declared war) in the PV.
        1. Alone
          Alone 2 October 2018 09: 34
          +1
          Quote: Konstantin Shevchenko
          Germany itself invited RI

          In response to the announcement of RI mobilization. And after a short time she declared her readiness to negotiate a truce, RI refused.
          1. Konstantin Shevchenko
            Konstantin Shevchenko 3 October 2018 09: 25
            -2
            1. Germany spun the flywheel with imperial ambitions. 2. Announced RI and 3FR, and attacked the latter. They didn’t fool around in RI, they understood that after all this and the defeat of 3FR, RI would be next (RI’s intelligence did not doze off).
      3. KBaHT_BpeMeHu
        KBaHT_BpeMeHu 1 October 2018 14: 43
        +3
        So easy
        Russian Empire got involved in a bloody adventure
        or still fell into the trap set by the Anglo-Saxons. I remind you that in fact the German and Russian empires fought, and they were the losers, the Anglo-Saxons did everything for this.
  2. Vard
    Vard 1 October 2018 05: 34
    +2
    They will start blaming .. it's about us ... And so all the dogs were visited ... One more one less is already no difference ...
  3. bessmertniy
    bessmertniy 1 October 2018 05: 51
    +9
    Serbia needs to be clearly defined with its friends. If its leadership is corrupt to the West today, then the West’s business is to rake relations between Kosovo loyal to it and Serbia. Our assistance to Serbia in this matter should be decided soberly.
    1. Law abiding citizen
      Law abiding citizen 1 October 2018 05: 59
      +6
      Quote: bessmertniy
      0
      Serbia needs to be clearly defined with its friends.

      Absolutely true. And what happens is neither ours (we are brothers), nor yours (we want in the EU and NATO). Decide ..
  4. Examenatornick
    Examenatornick 1 October 2018 06: 06
    +1
    Of course, ours are in no hurry, because it will not be extremely smart to help an uncle sitting on two chairs. Serbs should make a choice. And he will be in favor of NATO and the EU. Because they are obliged to this by their geopolitical position on the map.
    They don’t watch the news or think about spending time in a shell, but now they understand that international treaties are fiction. The best treaty is a nuclear club and a strong army.
    1. Detective
      Detective 1 October 2018 10: 28
      +3
      Quote: Examenatornick
      The Serbs must make a choice. And it will be in favor of NATO and the EU. Because they are obliged to this by their geopolitical position on the map.

      In this geopolitical position, the Serbs always! They had no other. And despite the often such two-faced leadership of the Serbs, these are not Bulgarians! Of course you need help. Assist calmly both politically and by transferring weapons, which is already being done. Further on the situation.
  5. Examenatornick
    Examenatornick 1 October 2018 06: 28
    0
    I am sure that the Serbian government is stepping up its arms market. The most dangerous in a situation where there is no clear delineation of the parties. Or are they? Then where are the patrols and stuff.
  6. Olgovich
    Olgovich 1 October 2018 06: 43
    +4
    Why can not Russia support Serbia politically in all forums on this issue?
    It does not cost anything.
    And it doesn’t matter who rules Serbia today: it is right and its support is an expression of precisely YOUR principles and views.
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 1 October 2018 06: 49
    +1
    I once wrote that the Serbian leadership remembers Russia when something starts to threaten Serbia. Before that, they live "with their own mind" and with an eye to the west.
    Russia is being dragged into the Kosovo crisis
    I hope that today Russia is not so stupid as to get involved in something related to a possible war.
    1. You Vlad
      You Vlad 1 October 2018 07: 33
      -1
      Quote: rotmistr60
      I hope that today Russia is not so stupid

      Serbia is that piece of the world pie that we can count on at the moment!
  8. Dmitry Potapov
    Dmitry Potapov 1 October 2018 06: 52
    +5
    It was not necessary at the time for us to so stupidly hand over the airfield in Pristina. Such a tactically brilliant move was with a throw at Pristina! I remember then in shock was and frankly chewed snot.
  9. asiat_61
    asiat_61 1 October 2018 06: 58
    +3
    [i] [/ i] against the backdrop of unresolved tasks in Syria and the Donbass .... With the Donbass it was long possible to solve. Or I just don’t know much.
  10. Xnumx vis
    Xnumx vis 1 October 2018 07: 40
    +1
    Quote: rotmistr60
    I once wrote that the Serbian leadership recalls Russia when Serbia begins to threaten something.

    Many people also remember about God and mother in difficult moments of their life ... They ask for help .... So, your maxim is worth nothing.
    1. Detective
      Detective 1 October 2018 10: 30
      +4
      Quote: 30 vis
      Many people also remember about God and mother in difficult moments of their life ...

      Serbian saying - in heaven God is on earth Russia!
  11. vanavatny
    vanavatny 1 October 2018 08: 23
    +1
    would survive when this dirty trick would be buried in the mud, even if they were dead, and this is inevitable, unless we miscalculate our country here for the third time in a hundred years, so the Serbs: endure, live and wait ... in the coming about ten years everything will become clear
  12. Prometey
    Prometey 1 October 2018 09: 31
    -1
    What does Kosovo have to do with Russia? And what the Serbs are seeking, the train has long left with Kosovo.
  13. Semurg
    Semurg 1 October 2018 09: 38
    -1
    Serbs are quite visibly prompted to take the second step to join NATO, otherwise they seem to have taken the first step, announced their desire to join the EU, and silence on NATO membership, Montenegro is already there and Serbia is not there.
  14. Konstantin Shevchenko
    Konstantin Shevchenko 1 October 2018 09: 47
    +1
    If one of the strongest worlds has planned something, Russia cannot be avoided. Scrolling through the history of Russia, you understand why diplomats had a tough conversation, since it’s good to delay events. And deeply they were what they say and think about Russia.
  15. Earnest
    Earnest 1 October 2018 11: 04
    0
    Quote: Examenatornick
    Of course, ours are in no hurry, because it will not be extremely smart to help uncle sitting on two chairs. Serbs should make a choice. And he will be in favor of NATO and the EU. Because they are obliged to this by their geopolitical position on the map ...

    If history goes the same way as now, it will. Look closely at the sixth picture in the article. It shows Serbs blocking traffic on the street. Look at the faces. Estimate your age. I haven't seen anyone under 40. Everything from 40 to 60. Everything. The analysis is over, the people of Serbia have made their choice for the future. For this choice to change, something tragic must happen, which will stir up the whole country and force the youth to give up the benefits and comfort of an ordinary inhabitant of Western civilization. But I do not wish the Serbs such tests! "10 years of negotiations is better than 1 day of war," said the great diplomat A. A. Gromyko.
  16. Tektor
    Tektor 1 October 2018 11: 09
    +2
    Vučić should urgently allocate several places, airfields, to place our warehouses in addition to the existing base in Leskovac. And under the guise of preparing for the exercises, it would be necessary, not very zealously, for a little bit, to abandon sets of materiel with a rich ZiP, similar or somewhat exceeding the Syrian one. We are talking about three S-300 regiments and the S-400 regiment with full-time ammunition in wartime states for operations in complete surroundings. Well, the same electronic warfare systems as in Syria. Plus a set of disguises, false baits, which need more than deployed real combat installations. Still need at least a regiment of Tornado-S with high-precision missiles with a range of about 200 km. Plus Hurricanes with Solntsepeki and Gorynychi, kmk. And where without the Tigers with Cornets and guns 30 mm. Well, shock turntables to the heap. I don’t even speak about shock drones.
    1. Avior
      Avior 1 October 2018 11: 19
      0
      he’s actually joining NATO.
      1. Tektor
        Tektor 1 October 2018 12: 06
        +1
        And where else could he go if his ass was not covered, and the Kosovo bandits completely lost their fear? If he feels protection, then the direction of movement will also change.
    2. Peter Smith
      Peter Smith 1 October 2018 12: 07
      0
      at whose expense this banquet is military. for your personal? or do you want to take money from pensioners?
      1. Tektor
        Tektor 1 October 2018 12: 31
        +1
        Naturally among retirees ... Who else? fellow
    3. LMN
      LMN 1 October 2018 19: 02
      +1
      Quote: Tektor
      Vučić should urgently allocate several places, airfields, to place our warehouses in addition to the existing base in Leskovac. And under the guise of preparing for the exercises, it would be necessary, not very zealously, for a little bit, to abandon sets of materiel with a rich ZiP, similar or somewhat exceeding the Syrian one. We are talking about three S-300 regiments and the S-400 regiment with full-time ammunition in wartime states for operations in complete surroundings. Well, the same electronic warfare systems as in Syria. Plus a set of disguises, false baits, which need more than deployed real combat installations. Still need at least a regiment of Tornado-S with high-precision missiles with a range of about 200 km. Plus Hurricanes with Solntsepeki and Gorynychi, kmk. And where without the Tigers with Cornets and guns 30 mm. Well, shock turntables to the heap. I don’t even speak about shock drones.

      And why is this all? request
      To fight Kosovo? So this is a "political" issue. NATO and the EU will not allow Serbia to resolve the issue "physically".
      So to fight with NATO? So Serbia itself will not go for it, because there is no chance.

      I don’t understand what exactly Vuchich wants to get from the Russian Federation? what And what, apart from "support" in any international institutions, can the Russian Federation give? request

      The only thing is that the RF Armed Forces could become a "human shield" in Serbia ... but as I understand it, there is no question of "occupation" ... Well, will we introduce our units there, and what? There will be another round of "political" escolation, "politics" will begin , the essence of the conflict will be "frozen".
      1. Tektor
        Tektor 1 October 2018 22: 47
        -1
        The war for Serbia will be a long, and, at first, weak-intensity, positional one. But then, in connection with successes on other fronts, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and Slovakia will be asked for our security structure ... In short, there will be land access to the borders of Serbia, and then there will be a sharp aggravation and our victory over the Albanians and their supporters.
  17. Avior
    Avior 1 October 2018 11: 18
    0
    Iran pulled in, now the Serbs are trying.
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  19. Former gasman
    Former gasman 1 October 2018 13: 44
    +1
    Serbs need to blow up the hydroelectric station so that the Albanians break off. And build a nuclear power plant somewhere in the middle of the territory of their republic. Kiriyenko and the company will help, for a fee, of course. And let NATO break its fangs in this case. Nepig to climb to Yugoslavia.
  20. Winnie the Pooh
    Winnie the Pooh 1 October 2018 18: 14
    -1
    Maybe they’re dragging them in, but Russia’s getting locked up inside the country, it’s like death .. They will strangle us right away, just tear to pieces. It is not in vain that Putin darts around and is looking for allies around the world ... This is what the West is most afraid of, Russia knows how to unite countries and peoples!
  21. akunin
    akunin 1 October 2018 19: 19
    0
    brother Vučić wants to NATO, so let NATO solve the problems of Serbia, what if Kosovars turn to us for help? laughing
  22. vit357
    vit357 2 October 2018 09: 16
    +1
    tormented by one question))) how did the pro-Russian Serbs choose the anti-Russian government?)))
  23. icant007
    icant007 5 October 2018 08: 43
    +1
    I don't see much point in helping Serbia somehow by military means. Diplomacy yes. But this is not the main thing either. The problem is not in Serbia, but in Kosovo, in its mafia Albanian regime. It is against him that we must conduct an offensive "on all fronts." Of course, we are not talking about military intervention. The question of the war crimes of Hashim Tachi and his associates during the war years remains unresolved. It is on this topic that the Kosovo leadership should be put in the dock. There is an international court for this. Why our diplomatic community is not taking any steps in this direction is a big question. Just as the West makes a fiend of evil out of Assad, the same thing we need to mold from Hashim Tachi and his minions.