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Kosovo's prime minister blames Serbia for border tensions

Kosovo’s prime minister on Sunday blamed the president of Serbia for increased tension and possible border conflicts between Serbia’s Army and the Kosovar police, decrying planned “fear” and threats in neighboring Serbia.

"Our release of entry and exit documents at Serbian border crossings (under a new law) has not yet begun, (but) illegal Serbian structures in the north began with road blocks and gunshots,” Albin Kurti said on social media.

Pointing to “statements, meetings and meetings of fear and threat in Belgrade,” the Serbian capital, he added: “These aggressive actions that are happening today were planned and prompted,”

Saying that Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic is the main culprit in “riots” in the country, Kurti also pointed to Petar Petkovic, the head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, as also being responsible.

Kurti also said that challenging days may lie ahead.

"The hours of the coming days and weeks may be challenging and problematic. We are facing the Serbian national chauvinism that we know well,'' said Kurti.

Tension between Serbia and Kosovo rose on Sunday ahead of a new Kosovar law set to come into effect Monday making it mandatory for everyone, including Serbs living in Kosovo, to have a Kosovo ID card and plate.


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