Kosovo: Serbia puts its forces on high alert following the escalation of tensions with its neighbour

Pristina accuses Serbia of encouraging Serbs in Kosovo to challenge its authority

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Pristina accuses Serbia of encouraging Serbs in Kosovo to challenge its authority

Serbian Defense Minister Milos Vucevic said Monday that Serbia’s armed forces are on “the highest level” of alert, highlighting increasingly strained relations with neighboring Kosovo over recent shootings and blockades.

“The President of Serbia … has ordered the Serbian army to be at the highest level of combat readiness, that is, to the level of using armed force,” Vucevic said in a statement.

He added that President Aleksandar Vucic also ordered the reinforcement of the Special Armed Forces from 1,500 to 5,000.

The Serbian Ministry of the Interior also announced that “all units (will) be immediately under the command of the Chief of the General Staff”.

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