A man celebrates during celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo's independence in Pristina, Kosovo February 17, 2018. Ognen Teofilovski / Reuters
Kosovo is a partially recognized state in Europe, whose capital and largest city is Pristina. It is a disputed territory that declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Kosovo is recognized by 112 members of the UN.
Ramush Haradinaj, prime minister of the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo, said the policies of his government serve US interests against Serbia and Russia, and that he’s just following orders from Washington.
Here is one simple trick US President Donald Trump could pull right now to bolster the rules-based world order, decisively derail Russian criticism of US foreign policy, and stick it to his domestic critics in the process.
The creation of Kosovo’s own 5,000-strong army is a threat to peace and security in a turbulent region and may lead to a new escalation, Russia’s UN envoy has warned, calling the EU’s lackluster response irresponsible.
NATO has expressed its ‘regret’ that Kosovo has decided to upgrade its Security Force into an army, but the move is just the next, logical step on the road to full statehood, which western powers have encouraged.