Russia spins the narrative that “the conflict in the Balkans is beneficial to the United States” – why does it need it

the Kremlin media is promoting the narrative that the conflict in the Balkans is beneficial to the United States of America.

According to Ukrinform, the Center for Counteracting Disinformation under the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine announced this in a Telegram.

This narrative appeared in the media space of the Russian Federation immediately after the first provocations in the Balkans on Sunday, July 31.

The JRC noted that this message is manipulative and is part of an information-psychological operation to open a second front in Europe, which Russia needs.

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“The Russians have several reasons for using Serbia in their geopolitical manipulations: firstly, to divert world attention from the war in Ukraine and the terrorist actions of the invaders. Secondly, propagandists will be able to highlight another military conflict in Europe as a result of NATO and the US interference in the life of European countries,” the report says.

The Kremlin leadership is using such narratives to seek allies, ease sanctions, and spread divisions among EU countries.

On 31 July, Serbs in northern Kosovo reportedly blocked the main road near the Jarinje border crossing with trucks. The Pristina-Raska road was also blocked.

The Kosovo police announced that due to the blockade, the border crossings of Jarinje and Brnjak are closed. People used alternative routes.

Meanwhile, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the Kosovo army was allegedly going to attack the Serbs in the north of the country on the night of August 1.

According to Vučić, Kosovo will at the same time block the entry of citizens with Serbian documents and require the re-registration of cars to Kosovo numbers, according to a decree that will come into force on August 1.

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Vučić later addressed the nation about the situation in northern Kosovo and expressed his hope for continued peace dialogue.

Vucic also urged international partners to do everything possible to stop the conflict.

As a result, to reduce tension, Kosovo delayed the transition to national documents and license plates for a month.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell welcomed the decision by the government of partially recognized Kosovo to shelve a plan to replace Serbian documents and license plates.

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