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Three Serbs have been killed after a policeman was shot dead in the northern village of Banska in Kosovo. One man was detained, and a monastery was attacked with an armored car by the armed group of 30 people who clashed with the law enforcement in Banska.
The men, as confirmed by the Serbian side, died in a shootout with the Kosovo police.
Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said that “foreign professional formations”, people with military and police experience, took part in the events. He also spoke to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who separately discussed what happened to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
Also today, the Guardian published excerpts from an interview with Kurti, in which he explains that the Brussels format for negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina is deadlocked and has become so one-sided that its format needs to be reconsidered (something that is being discussed in Kosovo of months).
Kurti explained that the region has become a ground for geopolitical games by Russia and China and that the EU envoy, Miroslav Lajčak, has lost his neutrality.
Meanwhile, Vucic issued a statement on the subject, in which he denied that the Serbian state or fighters of the private military company “Wagner” (what information was circulating) were behind the events.
According to Vucic, he had long warned that violence was looming in Kosovo, and the Serbs rebelled because they did not want to “endure Kurti’s terror any longer” and such an assassination was only a matter of time. “I do not want to justify the killing of the Albanian policeman, nor can it be justified. It must be condemned.” However, the Serbian army has nothing to do with the incident, he said.
At the moment, journalists are not allowed in the village in Northern Kosovo and the information about what happened comes mainly through the authorities in the two capitals.