Ukraine welcomes the compromise decision of the Kosovo authorities to postpone the procedures for re-registration of Serbian license plates and personal documents, and also calls on the parties to a constructive dialogue.
This is stated in statement The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, according to Ukrinform.
“Ukraine welcomes the achievement of a compromise decision by Pristina to postpone the start of procedures for re-registration of Serbian car license plates and personal documents. We call on the parties to constructive dialogue in order to ensure the safety of all citizens, preserve peace and ensure the stable development of the Western Balkans,” the statement says.
The ministry notes that it is important not to give Russia space to implement its policy of escalation in the region.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry recalled that a round-the-clock “hot line” of the Ukrainian Embassy in Serbia was opened to help Ukrainians: +381631113185.
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, the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic statedthat the Kosovo army is allegedly going to attack the Serbs on the night of August 1st.
According to Vučić, Kosovo will simultaneously block the entry of citizens with Serbian documents and require the re-registration of cars with Kosovo license plates, according to a decree that will come into force on August 1.
Vucic later addressed the nation about the situation in the north Kosovo and expressed hope for the continuation of the peaceful dialogue.
Vucic also urged international partners to do everything possible to stop the conflict.
As a result, to reduce tensions, 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.