KFOR multinational troops deployed in the north of Kosovo and Metohija will carry out a regular exercise titled ‘Strong Gates’ on Thursday and Friday.
The two-day exercise will be realized in cooperation with EULEX and the Kosovo Police Service, according to a statement released by KFOR.
The Serb National Council (SNV) of northern Kosovo-Metohija assessed Wednesday that the announced joint military exercise is a provocation directed to Belgrade and Kosovo Serbs.
The SNV statement says that the exercise is to point out that Serbia has definitely lost Kosovo and that “a NATO state” was formed in the Serbian territory.
“Regardless of everything, the West will have to face the fact that it is their fault that 250,000 Serbs had to leave their homes, but that they will return to Kosovo sooner or later,” the SNV statement reads.
A breakaway province of Serbia, ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in February 2008. However, Serbia has vowed it would never recognize Kosovo’s independence, regarding the move illegal and in contrary with international law.