Serbian safety forces on the border with Kosovo have been positioned on a state of “full combat readiness”.
The order was given by Serbia’s inside minister Bratislav Gasic, who stated he was appearing on directions from President Aleksandar Vucic in order that “all measures be taken to protect the Serbian people in Kosovo”.
Kosovo has not responded to the transfer.
It comes after weeks of escalating pressure between the 2 sides, with ethnic Serbs claiming they’re being harassed by the ethnic Albanian majority in Kosovo.
The battle in Kosovo resulted in 1999, with NATO intervention.
Kosovo declared independence in 2008 however Serbia refuses to recognise this and has repeatedly warned it’s going to shield native Serbs “with all means” if they’re attacked.
Last month, ethnic Serb mayors, judges and cops in Kosovo’s north resigned in protest over a choice by Kosovo’s authorities to interchange Serbian-issued automobile licence plates with ones issued by Pristina.
Thousands of Kosovo Serbs protested this month calling for the Albanian majority authorities to tug police out of the north.
Since 10 December, native Serbs have erected 9 roadblocks within the northern area of Kosovo, the place round 50,000 of them stay.
On Sunday there was a taking pictures close to a NATO peacekeeping patrol in one of many northern cities and, regardless that there have been no accidents, NATO has stated it’s investigating and has referred to as for calm.
The European Union has been making an attempt to mediate between the 2 sides and Serbia, which has been armed with the assistance of Russian help, has agreed to talks.