Tensions escalate between Serbia and Kosovo

Tensions escalate between Serbia and Kosovo

Kosovo,officially the Republic of Kosovo, is a state in Southeast Europe which lies at the centre of the Balkans

Tensions escalate between Serbia as Air raid sirens were heard in Mitrovica in northern Kosovo on Sunday afternoon

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić stated that 'Serbia has never been in a more complex and difficult situation than it is today'

Serbians visiting Kosovo need to replace their Serbian passports with a temporary ID while in the country and also require Serbian license plates in the country to be replaced with Kosovar license plates

Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovich said that the Albanian authorities of the unrecognized Republic of Kosovo “are preparing hell” for local Serbs, deciding on the termination of Serbian documents there

Kosovo lies at the centre of the Balkans and it unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova responded to the escalations "Russia calls on Pristina and the US and EU behind it to stop provocations and respect the rights of Serbs in Kosovo"

Kosovo Police announced that the Bernjak and Jarinje border crossings were closed due to roadblocks set up by local Serbs who were protesting measures set to be put in place by Kosovo overnight

Kosovo is bordered by Serbia to the north and east, North Macedonia to the southeast, Albania to the southwest, and Montenegro to the west

Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić, met with representatives of the Serbs in Kosovo and is expected to officially address the nation shortly