Kosovo crisis – level 3

05-06-2023 15:00

NATO is increasing its troop deployment in Kosovo by 700 soldiers due to escalating tensions with ethnic Serbs.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has emphasized the need for attacks in Kosovo to cease and assured that NATO will take necessary actions to maintain a safe environment. Stoltenberg urged both sides to de-escalate, avoid further irresponsible behavior, and resume EU-backed talks to improve relations. Recent clashes between NATO soldiers and ethnic Serbs, as well as protesters, resulted in injuries.

The situation arose from tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, with Serbia not recognizing Kosovo’s declaration of independence. Ethnic Albanians constitute the majority in Kosovo, while a Serb minority resides in the northern border region. Efforts are underway at the international level to calm the situation, but there are different positions among nations regarding Kosovo’s status.

Difficult words: cease (to stop), resume (to begin or continue), status (the situation at a particular time).

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