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Pristina bans Serbian goods from entering Kosovo. The introduced change opens the possibility of entering Kosovo for vehicles with Serbian registration plates, provided that they do not carry goods from Serbia.

Kosovo authorities have banned the entry of Serbian goods into the country, koha.net reported on Wednesday. A week ago, Pristina announced a ban on the entry of trucks with Serbian license plates into the country, and on Wednesday morning queues of over 700 vehicles formed for miles on the Serbian side of the border.

All goods, regardless of the country of origin, could not cross the Serbian border with Kosovo so far. Announcing the decision a week ago, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, noted that it did not result from economic issues, but from security. It was a response to the kidnapping – as the Kosovar side describes the incident – of three policemen by Serbian officers.

The introduced change opens the possibility of entering Kosovo for vehicles with Serbian registration plates, provided that they do not carry goods from Serbia.

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NATO security forces in KosovoReuters

Protests by the Serbian population in Kosovo

On Wednesday in Kosovo there were further protests by the local Serbian population after the police arrested a Serbian accused of war crimes – Dragisza Milenkovic. The inhabitants of Graczanica, where the suspect was captured, blocked the national road leading to Pristina and demanded the immediate release of the compatriot.

The latest aggravation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia took place after Albanian politicians took over the posts of mayors of the mostly Serb-inhabited municipalities in northern Kosovo.

They won seats in a by-election boycotted by the Serbs, in which the turnout was 3.5 percent. On June 14, Serbian services detained three Kosovo policemen, arguing that they were operating on the Serbian side of the border. Pristina – maintaining that the officers were kidnapped from Kosovo – described the incident as “an act of aggression”.

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