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Aleksandar Vučić meets with national security council amidst rising tensions in Northern Kosovo

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić met with his national security council amidst rising tensions between authorities in Kosovo and ethnic Serbs.

Unknown attackers in Northern Kosovo exchanged gunfire with local police and threw a stun grenade at European Union officers.

Ethnic Serbs set up roadblocks in response to Kosovan police being deployed in a dispute over car license plates.

On Sunday, hundreds of ethnic Serbs gathered at the roadblocks in an outrage over the arrest of a Serbian former police officer.

Kosovo, which broke away from Serbia after a war in 1998-99, consists of a primarily ethnic Albanian majority.

Serbia has refused to recognize Kosovo as an independent state.

Both the EU and Nato have called on all parties to avoid provocations.

On Monday, EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, stated that Kosovo and Serbia “have to find a way to end the tendency to fighting in the streets, to creating roadblocks.”

Vučić told Reuters news agency that he is hoping to defuse the situation.

Vučić also stated that the deployment of Kosovan police is a violation of peace previous peace agreements. The Serbian President said he planned to ask Nato peacekeepers for permission to deploy Serbian police to the area.

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