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Serbian Defense Minister Milos Vucevic said that President Aleksandar Vucic ordered the army to “be ready” due to possible tensions with Kosovo. Serbian Minister Vucevic made statements on the problems between his country and Kosovo on a local television channel.

“Vucic ordered the army to be ready. The army is on the alert due to the situations in Kosovo,” Vucevic said. used the phrases. Stating that Serbia is a serious country and that no one should play “war games” for this reason, Vucevic emphasized that his country is in favor of dialogue.

Vucevic stated that the army is “ready to carry out any order to protect Serbs in Kosovo and Serbia” by order of Vucic, who is also the Commander-in-Chief. Noting that his country’s support for peace and stability should not be interpreted as “weakness and cowardice”, the Serbian Minister noted that the country’s army is “stronger than before”.

Kosovo-Serbia tension

At the end of July, the government of Kosovo, in line with the principle of reciprocity to Serbia, “issuing temporary declaration forms to those entering/exiting Kosovo with Serbian identity cards” and “converting license plates issued by Serbian authorities to Serbs in Kosovo to ‘RKS’ (Republic of Kosovo) plates” announced that the relevant decisions would enter into force.

Serbs in Kosovo, reacting to this, closed the border crossings in the north of the country and tensions increased in the country. The Kosovo government decided to postpone the implementation, which caused the crisis, until 1 September, provided that all the barricades placed on the roads leading to the border gates with Serbia are removed.

Lastly, the Kosovo side announced that the re-registration process of license plates, which they described as “illegal”, was postponed to April 2023, that the owners of these vehicles would be warned first, then fined, and finally, test plates would be placed.

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