claims West violated UN Security Council resolution


Serbian President Vucic has criticized Britain for sending anti-tank missiles to Kosovo

Senior officials in Serbia criticized Britain after a report in local media that the country had secretly supplied advanced weapons systems to Kosovo, a breakaway region that Belgrade considers under its sovereignty. A newspaper claimed on Sunday that 50 NLAW shoulder-fired anti-tank missiles had arrived in Kosovo, with more weapons to come.

According to Serbian newspaper Novosti, the delivery was agreed at the end of February by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Albin Kurti, who holds the office of Prime Minister of Kosovo.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said the news highlights the hypocrisy of the Western stance on Kosovo and its relationship with Serbia, especially when it comes to arms purchases. Western countries are preparing Kosovo to deploy its own full-fledged armed forces, he claimed.

“It’s not just the British who arm them. And they do that with dangerous missiles that have proven themselves in Ukraine, so we got the message.” That was what Vucic told Pink TV on Sunday. “They are also armed by the Americans and the Turks are training their pilots for the future.”

Kosovo’s security forces are not allowed to have a real army under UN Security Council Resolution 1244. The document formalized self-government in Kosovo following NATO’s bombing campaigns, which helped Pristina break free, against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The resolution established KFOR, an international peacekeeping force provided by NATO, as the sole authorized military presence in the breakaway region.

“My question is simple: is resolution 1244 still valid or not. Or is it no longer valid after the declaration of independence. That’s what it seems’ said Vucic, referring to the Kosovo parliament’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008. Belgrade did not accept it, but many Western countries, including the UK, consider Kosovo a sovereign state.

China ships weapons to Serbia

Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin expressed similar concerns in slightly stronger terms. ‘You cannot arm terrorists and hope for peace’ he told Pink TV.

Vulin criticized the authorities in Kosovo for asking NATO to offer their membership, stating that Kosovo does not have the money or manpower to be a valuable member of the US-led bloc. He claimed that Pristina wants to be in the alliance to provoke another NATO military attack on Belgrade.

The allegations from Serbia come a week after the reported delivery of advanced Chinese anti-aircraft systems to the country. Belgrade has signed a contract for the FK-3, the export version of China’s HQ-22 medium-to-long-range missiles, in a transparent manner, the Serbian president said on Wednesday, according to China’s CCTV, confirming earlier reports of the shipment. †

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