Serbia claims to have decreased the number of troops near Kosovo.

Serbia has announced the withdrawal of a portion of its forces from the Kosovo border.

On Monday, General Milan Mojsilovic, the Serbian Army Chief of Staff, stated that the operational state of the units responsible for safeguarding the administrative boundary with Kosovo has returned to its usual condition.

He stated that the troop count had been decreased from 8,350 to 4,500.

In late September, there was a significant increase in tensions between Belgrade and Pristina. This occurred when Kosovo police engaged in a gunfight with approximately 30 armed Serbs who had taken refuge in a Serbian Orthodox monastery.

In the incident, one Kosovo police officer and three of the assailants lost their lives.

The clashes have caused concerns about a potential escalation.

Mojsilovic was surprised by the level of concern expressed by certain individuals regarding the presence of Serbian forces during the “security crisis.”

The occurrence in Banjska has caused worry in Western countries regarding potential instability in the Balkans.

NATO declared on Sunday that it plans to send 600 more soldiers to Kosovo in order to support the existing KFOR peacekeeping force, which currently consists of approximately 4,500 troops.

As ethnic tensions escalate, Kosovo is requesting NATO’s support.

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The Serbian military deployment has been expressed as a cause for concern by the United States, who have urged the country to withdraw its forces from the border.

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On Saturday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock urged Serbia to reduce its troops and added tensions between the two countries must be reduced to maintain peace and security.

Kosovo claims that the drone images reveal Serbian assailants undergoing training.

On Saturday, Albin Kurti, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, posted drone images on X (formerly Twitter), claiming that they depict Serbian paramilitaries preparing for the Banjska attack.

He stated that they had received extensive backing and strategic assistance from the Serbian government, aiming to incorporate the northern region of Kosovo.

On Monday, Serbia’s Defense Minister Milos Vucevic dismissed this accusation. According to his ministry, the assailants were ethnic Serbs residing in the area who were frustrated with ongoing mistreatment from the Kosovo government.

According to his lawyer, Milan Radoicic, a politician affiliated with Kosovo’s Serb List political party, has confessed to orchestrating the assault.

Serbia does not formally acknowledge the independence of Albanian-majority Kosovo, which unilaterally seceeded in 2008.

Over 90% of the population in Kosovo is comprised of ethnic Albanians, while the northern part of Kosovo is primarily inhabited by ethnic Serbs.

lo/msh (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)