Kremlin calls Kosovo’s plans to ban Serbian documents absurd
According to Peskov, discussions of Serbia's possible entry into the CSTO or the signing of a friendship treaty between Belgrade and Moscow, as was the case with the DPR and LPR, are not on the agenda. /673xH/media/img/3/13/756593462241133.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/3/13/756593462241133.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/3/13/756593462241133.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >
Kosovo's plans to adopt a law on the termination of Serbian documents on the territory of the self-proclaimed republic and to require the re-registration of cars to Kosovo license plates are “absolutely absurd”, said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.
“We absolutely support Serbia, we are close to the Kosovo Serbs. We believe that these are absolutely absurd requirements. Thank God, we managed to avoid some kind of exacerbation at night, but this situation was only postponed for one month, — he said.
According to Peskov, in the current situation, “it is very important to show prudence from all sides,” and in this context, the Kremlin supports the “calls for peace and constructivism” voiced by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić .
“We believe that those countries that have recognized Kosovo are guarantors and should use all their influence to warn the Kosovo authorities against taking ill-considered steps that could lead to a further escalation of tension. Of course, we want all the rights of the Serbs to be respected, — Kremlin representative added.
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instructionsPeskov was also asked whether the Kremlin considered it possible for Serbia to join the Collective Security Treaty Organization or sign an agreement on friendship, cooperation and military assistance between Belgrade and Moscow, as was the case with the DPR and LPR.
“To be honest , such an issue was not on the agenda. You know that we have allied, very deep relations with Serbia. Of course, our relations will continue to develop, and the legal framework will develop, but whether there will be such elements, I can’t say now, — the spokesman replied.
At the end of July, the Kosovo authorities announced that Serbian documents would cease to operate in the territory under their control from August. Serbs who want to visit Kosovo will be issued a temporary certificate for up to 90 days at the entrance. In addition, mandatory re-registration of cars with Serbian plates to RKS (Republic of Kosovo) plates will begin in Kosovo.
On July 31, Vučić announced that the Kosovo police would begin a military operation at midnight on August 1 against Serbs living in the north of the partially recognized states. In the evening of the same day, air raid sirens went off in areas of Kosovo inhabited by Serbs. Residents of North Mitrovica (the northern part of the city is controlled by Serbian forces, the southern part by Kosovo) began to gather in the city center. Albanians took to the streets en masse in the southern part of the city. Serbs began to build barricades.
Amid the escalation, Kosovo postponed the adoption of the law on non-recognition of Serbian documents until September 1.
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