The authorities of Serbia are beside themselves with anger: with the connivance of the EU, Albanian special forces in Kosovo actually abducted the Serbian minister. Against this background, the Serbs of the region are increasingly demanding the introduction of troops, not only in Belgrade, but also in Moscow. In fact, it is a new war for Kosovo. And it seems that in Belgrade, they are ready for it.
The situation in the north of Kosovo has sharply deteriorated after the Albanian special forces arrested the head of the Chancery of Serbia (Minister) for Kosovo and Metohija, Marco Djuric. In the predominantly Serb-populated Kosovo Mitrovica, an alarm sounded, people began to spontaneously gather at the bridge over the river Ibar, construction of barricades began.
On several highways leading deep into the region, activists blocked the roads with trucks. Schools are closed, students are dismissed to their homes. An emergency regime has been introduced in hospitals. Shots are still not heard, but there are demands for the introduction of Serb troops into Mitrovica (and in general to the north of the province).
According to the Brussels agreement between Belgrade and Pristina from 2013, the Albanian authorities were obliged to form a so-called association of Serbian municipalities during the year, thus creating a de facto Serbian autonomy in the north of the region, but so far the finger has not been hit. The local political party "Serb List" demands to speed up this process and calls on Belgrade for more active intervention. Belgrade is also cautious and calls for compromise, which causes a sharply negative reaction from the Serbs of Kosovo, down to aggressive rhetoric towards the government of Serbia. To explain the government's position at the special round table in Mitrovica and persuade the local Serbs to "seek compromises" was to have an impressive delegation, which was headed by Djurich, the profile minister.
Albanians were initially categorically against the appearance of Serbian officials in Mitrovica. The legal status of the administrative border between Serbia and Kosovo is not obvious, each side interprets it in its own way. In Pristina, they believe that this is a state border, albeit temporary, and they can do whatever they want on it. Therefore, the entry into Kosovo was preventively banned not only by Djuric, but also by many others - the head of the administration of the Serbian president, Nikola Selakovich, Defense Minister Alexander Vulin, the Minister of Culture Vladan Vukosavlevich. The latter did not come to the round table - he was going to inspect the state of several Serbian Orthodox monasteries. But the head of the Kosovo Foreign Ministry, Bedzhet Pacoli, said that "anyone who passes control point Yarynje will be arrested."
From Belgrade's point of view, there is no such border at all, but there is a throughput regime, which is due to unfortunate circumstances, which needs to be coordinated with the EU. For this it is necessary to send a notification to Pristina for 24 hours - and that's all. Notices of the visit of Djuric and the company were sent three times, in response - Albanian silence. For its part, the EU, through the spokesman of the High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Policy, Maya Kociencic, warned both sides that they must comply with the current agreement on official visits. This is the "Ostrich position" typical for the EU, when it comes to the arbitrariness of Kosovo Albanians.
Minister for Kosovo and Metohija Marco Djuric
Djuric and Selakovich quarreled with the Albanian border guards for four hours, but they finally waited at the round table. Djuric went up to the rostrum and stressed that without the participation of Serbs the Kosovo issue can not be solved, especially without the Serbs of Kosovo and Metohija, who "suffered so much" over the past two decades.
"I would like to say from here, from Kosovska Mitrovica, that the North of Kosovo and Metohija was not and will never be a part of the so-called independent Kosovo, and also part of the so-called Great Albania. Such projects are supported only by those who want to cause a conflict in this territory. We came here today primarily because Serbia wants to hear what you would like to say about Kosovo and Metohija. As before, the whole of Serbia will continue to be with you, "Djuric promised, stressing that the policy of the Serbian president is a policy of reaching a compromise, which implies that the Kosovo Serbs" will also get something. "
The leader of the local "Serb List" Party, part-time Mayor of Mitrovica Goran Rakic, also revived in words "also get something". He was determined and urged "to form the Community of Serbian municipalities on his own", if Pristina does not want to fulfill its obligations. "Contrary to pressure, no one will be allowed to bring discord between us," Rakic said.
At that moment people entered into the room in black balaclava and in a dark blue uniform with the inscription ROSU (Regional Operational Support Unit - euphemism for the Albanian police of the north of Kosovo), all - armed to the teeth. They tossed several light-emitting grenades and sprayed tear gas. In the beginning of the fight, the attackers tied up Djuric, bent his hands behind his back, stuffed him into a jeep and took him away to Pristina.
Djuric - a young man of a flimsy build and small height, to resist two-meter-tall bullies in bullet-proof vests with assault rifles - is not his fad. Assistant Djurich broke two ribs and injured his spine. Strongly got a reporter (girl) from Belgrade television, which tried to shoot all this. A dozen more civilians received damage simpler.
In Pristina, the Serbian minister was taken to court, where they were charged with an administrative offense (violation of the border), put back in a jeep and taken to the border checkpoint "Merdare", where they were released towards Serbia. The leader of the unrecognized Kosovo, Hashim Zmei Tachi, praised his police for "professionalism", adding: "This case should not interfere with the communication between Kosovo and Serbia, the dialogue between countries and efforts to normalize, good neighborly relations and reconciliation of the two peoples."
Serbian President Alexander Vucic convened an urgent meeting of the National Security Council. After leaving the meeting for journalists, the head of state was furious. He literally tore and metal.
The operation to seize Serbian officials was led by the commander of the Albanian police of the region "North" Captain Besim Hoti, who previously worked as a spokesman for the Krai police. This should not embarrass anyone: Albanians pay special attention to public relations and public relations, so they put charismatic figures in the appropriate positions. Khoti has the face and habits of a professional killer, and his past is vague. At the same time, his appointment was coordinated with Belgrade on the so-called protocol of Tachi-Dacic, since he was obliged to coordinate his actions with the Serbian authorities. By the way, this person is responsible for the investigation of the murder of the Serbian politician Oliver Ivanovich and just the other day informed the Albanian media that there are no any clues.
Hoti obeys the local special forces - two American trained groups of 15 people in each. These people drove up to the building where the round table was held, on six cars, which caused a storm of indignation in Belgrade: two of them belonged to the local police, two to special forces, and two to the EU Chancellery in Kosovo (EULEX). That is, the same European body, which in theory should ensure law and order.
"Albanian terrorists acted with the direct support of EULEX. This is the same EULEX, who is not interested in intervening in the investigation into the murder of Oliver Ivanovich. Why are you kidding the Serbs, why are you tormenting the Serbs in Kosovo? Vučić was indignant. - They beat journalists RTS (Serbian state television - comment VZGLYAD), other channels ... Banda, what do you want from them? "
Albanian spetsnaz, as it turned out, was assisted "in logistics" - two local Serbs served as guides to him, with whom they were promised in Belgrade separately (and it is better not to delve into what this means in practice). "All participants in the seizure of Marco Djuric will be answerable to the court. A number of criminal cases will be instituted, everyone will answer, "Vučić promised.
Journalists asked if Belgrade could count on Albanian readiness to compromise. "No, of course. They all lied, were never ready for any compromise, they all the time only waited for us to be in a difficult situation and recognize the independence of Kosovo. This work (the search for a compromise - note VZGLYAD) is meaningless, "the president snapped.
An important detail: the Albanian police, especially the special forces on international agreements, did not have the right to appear in Kosovo Mitrovica at all. It seems that in order to circumvent the ban, and needed two jeeps with the EULEX logos. Thus, the kidnapping of the Serbian minister and beating of officials in Kosovo Mitrovica can be considered an act of aggression by the Albanian authorities of Kosovo with the full connivance of European structures.
The patience of Belgrade is exhausted just before our eyes.
In theory, nothing can prevent the Serbian special forces from entering Mitrovica and several villages in the north of the province.
This, of course, is a radical version of the development of events, but a couple more such incidents - and all can be.
At the moment, the Serbs blocked trucks at the Zvečani checkpoint, which is particularly annoying for the Albanian side, since the same strategic road that the Albanian police should keep under any circumstances has been blocked. To this end, and possibly at the request of Khoti to the north, 200 policemen from Pristina and Kosovo Pole were transferred. Albanian media claim that the overall situation in Mitrovica is "normal", but Albanians working on the Serbian side of the city and Lesopaviche chose not to go to work, referring to the closure of roads.
The raid of the Albanian special forces to Mitrovica is a dangerous call. The Serbian population was visibly demonstrated that it was not protected by anyone, and international instruments and the hope for "compromises" do not give anything. Albanians are ready at any moment to trample any contract (and literally), and recently they are campaigning to expel remnants of European control structures from the edge. In such an environment, the Serbian population is radicalized, even though it has not previously been prone to peace.
In the speeches of local politicians, there have become many more appeals on the theme of "save and save", addressed to Russia through the head of Belgrade (by the way, the Russian Foreign Ministry reacted to the arrest of Djuric extremely harshly, while the EU blamed Belgrade for all). This is visibly straining the Serbian authorities, who are now simply obliged to demonstrate rigidity. And the situation can get out of control at any time.