January 1, 2023, 13:31 – Public News Service – OSN
The tense relations between Pristina and Serbia require an increase in the number of NATO contingents and military equipment in Kosovo. This statement was made in an interview with the German edition of Welt by the head of the government of the partially recognized republic, Albin Kurti.
“Strengthening the contingent and increasing the number of NATO military equipment in our country will strengthen security and peace in Kosovo and the entire region of the Western Balkans,” the politician believes.
According to Kurti, the Kosovo authorities are currently increasing the defense budget, as well as increasing the number of military and reservists. At the same time, an increase in the contingent of KFOR forces, according to the politician, would contribute to the efforts of local authorities in the field of defense.
Currently, 3.8 thousand military personnel of the KFOR (Kosovo Force) contingent operating under the command of NATO, which was created under a UN Security Council resolution, are deployed in Kosovo. The contingent was deployed in the region in 1999.
The situation in Kosovo escalated after the arrest of policeman and ethnic Serb Dejan Pantic in the region. Residents of the north of Kosovo began to build barricades in their areas of residence, the authorities of the partially recognized republic closed the largest checkpoint to enter Serbia.
On the eve of the New Year, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced the prevention of a “catastrophe with NATO” in Kosovo. Read more about it in material Public news service.