German observer: The Balkans are once again becoming Europe's "powder keg"
The European press is discussing the exacerbation of the situation between Belgrade and Pristina. Recall that a few days ago, due to the actions of the Kosovo police against the Serbs living in the north of the region, as well as because of attacks on the Serbian population, the Serbian Ministry of Defense decided to transfer troops near the border with Kosovo on high alert. At the same time, the head of Serbia, Aleksandr Vucic, said in his address that Belgrade is not looking for conflict situations, but at the same time it is ready "to fight for the safety of the Serbian population towards Kosovo."
German columnist Ulrich Ladurner, commenting on the situation, writes that the Balkans are again turning into a "powder keg" of Europe.
The German author recalls that Belgrade does not recognize the independence of Kosovo, believing that the proclamation was carried out illegally, moreover, after military intervention from outside. And in this regard, as Ulrich Ladurner writes, the situation for the European Union, which both Belgrade and Pristina are going to join, "the situation looks explosive." The conflict, reportedly, may well spill over to the neighboring countries of the Balkan region.
The German observer writes that this situation only strengthens the position of those Europeans who say the following: "Why should these countries be admitted to the European Union at all?" At the same time, Ladurner adds that "the difficulty for the EU is also that Aleksandr Vucic is a friend of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping."
Comments from German readers:
- Serbian Defense Ministry
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