June 13, 2019  |  Updated June 21, 2019

Moscow Claims Kosovo ‘Unstable’ While Destabilizing the North

By Margarita Assenova and Nik Yarst

Following the May 28 police operation to combat lawlessness and organized crime in Serb-controlled northern Kosovo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that Kosovo is an “uncontrollable territory” and remains a source of instability in the center of Europe.

Zakharova called the operation a “brutal invasion of Kosovo-Albanian special forces into the Serb-populated municipalities in the north of Kosovo.” She accused the police of using “the far-fetched pretext of fighting organized crime” to deliberately intimidate part of the population by subjecting it to unbearable conditions. Zakharova was referring to the Serb population concentrated mostly in four northern municipalities, controlled by Serb political parties.

“Kosovo remains the main source of instability and potential conflict in the region. This territory is practically uncontrollable. It is not only a source of instability, but also a potentially dangerous, uncontrolled territory in the center of Europe,” Zakharova said.

This statement is false.

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