Russia sees "lingering conflict potential in Balkans"
MOSCOW -- Russia was "deeply alarmed to learn that in the early hours of April 21 a group of armed men attacked the Macedonian checkpoint of Gosince."
A statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website explained that the incident happenedd on the Kosovo section of the border between Serbia and Macedonia.
Quoting the Macedonian Ministry of the Interior, the statement added that "around 40 attackers wearing camouflage uniforms marked with the emblem of the Kosovo Liberation Army tied up four policemen, whom they treated in a humiliating manner, while filming the incident with a video camera and chanting politically and ethnically motivated threats."
The criminals made it clear that this was a “warning” and then fled the scene, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted, and added:
"The incident on the Macedonian border is proof of the lingering sharp ethnic problems and conflict potential in that part of the Balkans. The situation is made worse by a major lack of law abidance and security in Kosovo, which obviously stems from the unresolved Kosovo problem in general. The calls for a Greater Albania that are heard more and more often in the region cannot be overlooked either."
"We hope that the Macedonian government’s efforts to restore order in the troubled area will receive the necessary international support," the statement concluded.
April 24, 2015 | 09:42 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
SKOPJE -- A train traveling on the Gevgelija-Belgrade line has killed at least 14 migrants near the station in Pcinj, Macedonia.
April 23, 2015 | 09:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BANJA LUKA -- Milorad Dodik was on Wednesday traveling to Armenia at the invitation President Serzh Sargsyan, but his plane did not receive the permission to fly over Turkey.
April 23, 2015 | 11:47 | Source: Tanjug, Hurriyet | Comments: (2) | Send comment
ANKARA -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry has denied that the country on Wednesday blocked its airspace for an airplane carrying RS President Milorad Dodik.
April 23, 2015 | 12:07 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Dunja Mijatovic has called on Macedonia's authorities to immediately investigate the death threat against the NOVA TV editor Borjan Jovanovski and his family.
April 22, 2015 | 09:18 | Source: B92, Beta, RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
SKOPJE -- A group calling itself the National Liberation Army (Albanian: UCK) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's incident in the Macedonian village of Gosnice.
April 21, 2015 | 13:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (45) | Send comment
SKOPJE -- 40 armed and masked persons "wearing the insignia of the UCK" on Tuesday seized a police outpost in the Macedonian village of Gosnice, Lipkovo municipality.
April 20, 2015 | 09:49 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
DONJA GRADINA -- Jasenovac was the most atrocious of execution sites and an abyss of humanity, but it is up to us to bridge it with sincere forgiveness, says Aleksandar Vucic.
April 20, 2015 | 10:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
TIRANA -- Albania and Kosovo will unify, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has repeated in an interview for Sky News Arabia.