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Defence

Serbia asks for China and Russia’s help over Kosovo plans to create regular army

  • Kosovo’s parliament will vote on December 14 on transforming the country’s security forces into a regular army
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 December, 2018, 9:51pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 December, 2018, 10:18pm

Serbia is seeking support from Russia and China in its opposition to the announced formation of a Kosovo army, warning it could lead to renewed clashes in the Balkans.

Kosovo’s parliament will vote on December 14 on transforming the country’s security forces into a regular army.

Serbia has protested the move and threatened unspecified retaliatory measures against its former province which declared independence in 2008. Serbia and its allies Russia and China do not recognise Kosovo’s statehood.

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met the Russian and Chinese ambassadors in Belgrade on Tuesday, saying “continuous provocations” from Kosovo could lead Serbia without a choice but to have to “protect” the Serb minority in Kosovo.

Vucic said Kosovo’s plans to form an army jeopardise peace and stability in the region.