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The diplomat explained the role of Russia in the conflict in the Balkans – UNIAN

Lubkivsky noted that the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo is not new and has already gone through phases of exacerbation several times.

The situation in the north of Kosovo has escalated / photo ua.depositphotos.com

Russia can use the aggravation of the situation between Serbia and Kosovo in order to distract the European and world community from the crimes committed in Ukraine.

The diplomat, political and public figure Markiyan Lubkivsky said this on air telethon.

Lubkivsky noted that he does not yet see a Russian trace in the aggravation of the conflict between the two sides, but the Russian Federation may intervene.

“The Russian Federation can start using the aggravation of the situation to weaken Vučić (President of Serbia – UNIAN), and possibly create another source of tension. And thus divert the attention of the European and world community from the situation in Ukraine, from Russia’s brutal aggression,” he said. .

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“But I don’t think that the Russians will succeed in such attempts. Although there will be such attempts,” the expert added.

Lubkivsky noted that the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo is not new and has already gone through phases of exacerbation several times.

“I want to reassure everyone: the situation there is not new. Let me remind you that several times there have already been conflicts precisely on the border of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. Helicopters have already flown, planes have already taken off, there have been formidable statements from both sides, but the situation has essentially ended in nothing,” he explained. he.

The diplomat noted that now the parties are already looking for agreements, because they do not want to go into a direct military conflict.

Aggravation between Serbia and Kosovo

As UNIAN reported earlier, on July 31, clashes began in northern Kosovo due to a change in travel rules.

After that, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the Kosovo army was allegedly going to attack the Serbs in the north of the country.

At the same time, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti blamed Vučić himself and the Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija for the unrest.

The KFOR (NATO-led international security force in Kosovo) contingent has said it is ready to intervene if necessary.

Subsequently, the Kosovo authorities announced that they were postponing the procedure for imposing a ban on Serbian documents until September 1.

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