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Balkans Flare-Up Highlights Risk of Other European Conflicts

By Bojan Pancevski

01 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

A requirement to change car number plates has led to a border dispute between Balkan rivals Kosovo and Serbia. There are fears that Russia could exploit this to spark more instability in Europe.

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NATO and the European Union scrambled to calm tensions between Kosovo and Serbia after a weekend flare-up that some politicians and experts fear could be used by Russia to spark more instability in Europe.

On Sunday, NATO forces tasked with securing Kosovo threatened to intervene to prevent a bureaucratic dispute over cross-border trade from escalating beyond a war of words between Kosovo and Serbia. Kosovar authorities said shots were fired Sunday during a standoff between Kosovar police and ethnic Serbs near the Serbian border but no one was hit.

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