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Ambassador Hovenier: Cancellation of participation in Defender 23, the first consequence for Kosovo

2023-05-30 16:39:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Ambassador Hovenier: Cancellation of participation in Defender 23, the firstThe American ambassador in Pristina, Jeffrey Hovenier, said that the cancellation of Kosovo's participation in the Defender Europe 2023 exercises is the first consequence for the Government of Kosovo, which has rejected Washington's calls to escalate the situation in the north.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, warned on May 26 that the actions of the Government of Kosovo in the northern municipalities will result in consequences for bilateral relations.

"The first indicator of this was the decision that was made last night by the US commander for Europe to cancel Kosovo's participation in Defender Europe 2023, which happened overnight," said Hovenier.

"For Kosovo, these exercises have ended", he added.

The US has criticized the Government of Kosovo, saying that on May 26, the new Albanian mayors in the northern municipalities "forcefully entered" the municipal buildings in the north.

Hovenier said that the US is also thinking about other decisions it will make in this direction.

"We have asked [Kosovo Prime Minister Albin] Kurti to take immediate steps to escalate the situation in the north. He has not responded to these requests. Therefore, we are considering what our other actions will be," he said./REL

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