- Title: Serbian fighter jets fly over blocked Kosovo border crossing
- Date: 27th September 2021
- Summary: JARINJE, KOSOVO (SEPTEMBER 26, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SERBIAN MIG-29 JETS FLYING OVER JARINJE BORDER CROSSING VARIOUS OF KOSOVO SPECIAL POLICE (ROSU) VEHICLES ON ROAD, OFFICERS STANDING BY THEM, PEOPLE WALKING PAST PEOPLE WALKING WITH LUGGAGE ROSU PATROLLING ON HILL, ARMOURED VEHICLE ON ROAD PEOPLE WITH LUGGAGE WALKING PEOPLE SITTING BY TENT VIEW OF ROAD BLOCKED BY TRUCKS IN BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF NATO HELICOPTER FLYING OVER BORDER CROSSING VARIOUS OF SERBIAN FLAGS FLYING ON CRANES BLOCKING ROAD ROSU OFFICERS IN GEAR STANDING PEOPLE WATCHING ROSU OFFICERS WALKING ROSU OFFICERS WALKING SERBS STANDING, WATCHING ROSU OFFICERS WALKING ROSU OFFICERS WALKING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING BETWEEN TRUCKS BLOCKING ROAD PEOPLE WALKING WITH LUGGAGE VARIOUS OF JARINJE BORDER CROSSING, TORN STICKER ON POLE FEATURING SERBIAN PRESIDENT, ALEKSANDAR VUCIC
- Embargoed: 11th October 2021 10:52
- Keywords: Balkans Jarinje border crossing Kosovo Serbia Serbian fighter jets car number plates tensions in Kosovo
- Location: JARINJE, KOSOVO
- City: JARINJE, KOSOVO
- Country: Kosovo
- Topics: Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWHXGS9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Two Serbian fighter jets flew over a border crossing in the north of Kosovo on Sunday (September 26) as a standoff between local Serbs and Kosovar authorities continues over recognising vehicle licence plates.
Kosovo introduced a rule banning entry for vehicles with Serbian plates last week, saying it mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence.
Serbs in the north of Kosovo have been blocking two main roads near border crossings with Serbia since last week, when the new rule went into effect.
Kosovo armed police were deployed after the protest began but have not yet made any move to clear the roads.
Media in Belgrade reported tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serbian army did not give any details.
On Saturday (September 25) two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were attacked near border crossings, local police said.
Kosovo police are forcing drivers of Serbian vehicles to remove their licence plates and use temporary printed registration details at a cost of five euros ($5.86).
The same rule applies to drivers with Kosovo licence plates who enter Serbia.
Around 50,000 Serbs in the north of Kosovo refuse to recognise the authorities in Pristina. Serbia also does not recognise its neighbour.
Serbia and Kosovo began EU-mediated talks in 2013 to resolve outstanding issues between them, but little progress has been made.
Tensions between the two countries are now at their highest for years. NATO's mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, has called for restraint.
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