Serbian Minister of Defense Milos Vucevic said on Jan. 16 that the situation in Kosovo and Metohija was by all means the greatest security risk Serbia was facing, underlining that tensions were lower, but that the authorities had been monitoring the situation carefully.
Presenting a review of the status, operative and functional abilities of the Army of Serbia in 2022, Minister Vucevic said that the “latest infrastructure works” by the Kosovo Police and the Kosovo Security Force had been monitored.
Vucevic underlined that Serbia was strongly opposed to a transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into a Kosovo Armed Force, which, as he put it, would lead to the formation of the Army of Kosovo.
“There are states that are involved in the process, which is a security challenge or even a danger to our state,” Vucevic said.
When asked about the Kosovo Police bases in the north of Kosovo, the minister said that infrastructure positioning of the Kosovo Police had been recorded in four Serb-dominated municipalities. “It’s not a good sign, and it drives us away from the negotiating table. It creates threats and violations of fundamental human rights to be enjoyed by the Serb community in Kosovo and Metohija,” he said.