NATO forces in Kosovo announced on Monday that peacekeepers had stepped up patrols as Serbia deployed armoured vehicles on the border with the breakaway territory amid the worst regional tensions in a decade, AFP reported. The escalation came after Pristina decided to require drivers with Serbian registration plates to put on temporary ones when entering Kosovo.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that recent talks with US President Joe Biden had proved disappointing, and that his country, a NATO member, would seek closer ties with Russia, AP reports.
The Kosovo-Serbia border was blocked for a third straight day on Wednesday by ethnic Serbs protesting a decision by Kosovo authorities to start removing Serbian license plates from cars entering the country, AP reported. Kosovo PM Albin Kurti called on Serbs to move vehicles away “because they are blocking themselves.” Small groups of Serbs spent the night in tents and they have blocked the roads to the Jarinje and Brnjak border crossings with trucks.
A Turkish warship issued a warning to a Greek research vessel to prevent it entering what Turkey considers its territorial waters, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday, AP reports. The showdown came a year after tensions in the eastern Mediterranean threatened to escalate into open conflict between the neighbors and NATO allies.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday in New York that Turkey was ready to finally ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, AFP reported. Erdogan's announcement at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly followed a year of violent weather events in Turkey -- including wildfires and flash floods -- that have claimed some 100 lives.
Tensions soared Monday at the border between Kosovo and Serbia as Kosovo deployed additional police to implement a rule to remove Serbian license plates from cars entering Kosovo, while Serbs protested the move, AP reports.
Albania's parliament on Friday voted in the first cabinet to be dominated by women since the multi-party system was introduced 30 years ago, news wires reported. After a very long parliamentary session, Edi Rama was voted as PM for third time. His government consist of 12 women and only 5 men.
A special tribunal in The Hague investigating allegations of atrocities committed by Kosovo rebels during the 1998-1999 conflict with Serbia opened its first case on Wednesday, news wires reported. The first defendant was a commander accused of torturing prisoners.
Ten people died in a fire Wednesday evening at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in North Macedonia, news wires reported.The fire broke out following an explosion in a Covid-19 clinic in Tetovo in the northwest of the Balkan country, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said. "A huge tragedy has occurred in the Tetovo Covid-19 centre," he said on Twitter. "An explosion caused a fire. The fire was extinguished but many lives were lost." Zaev immediately headed to Tetovo.