Russia blames Kosovo government for deadly clash near Serbian border

Published: Updated:
Enable Read mode
100% Font Size

Russia on Monday blamed the government of Kosovo for a deadly clash between authorities and gunmen near the Serbian border, warning that the “bloodshed” could spiral out of control.

“There is no doubt that yesterday’s bloodshed is a direct and immediate consequence of the course of the so-called ‘Prime Minister’ Albin Kurti to incite conflict,” the Russian foreign ministry said, warning that attempts to escalate the situation could bring “the entire Balkan region to a dangerous precipice”.


For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

Moscow said the Kosovo police force had “long ago discredited itself due to systematic punitive actions against the Serb community”.

“Heavily armed special forces troops, which have filled up the non-Albanian districts, remain the main weapon for pushing the Serbs out from Kosovo,” said the foreign ministry.

Referring to a ban on importing goods from central Serbia, Moscow said, “The northern municipalities have for months been on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.

“There is a direct threat of the resumption of the ethnic cleansing previously practised by Kosovo Albanian radicals,” the foreign ministry added.

A standoff between gunmen and Kosovo authorities at a monastery near the border with Serbia left a police officer dead on Sunday and marked one of the gravest escalations in Kosovo for years.

Kosovo remains overwhelmingly populated by ethnic Albanians, but in the northern stretches of the territory near the border with Serbia, ethnic Serbs remain the majority in several municipalities.

Read more:

Russia says Kosovo tensions ‘potentially dangerous’

Deadly armed standoff at Kosovo monastery comes to an ends

Examining Kosovo-Serbia ethnic tensions 15 years after Kosovo’s independence

Top Content Trending