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    Members of Kosovo Security Force (KSF) attend a ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Commander Adem Jashari death, in capital Pristina, Kosovo in this photo taken on Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Russian MFA: Kosovo Special Forces' Invasion of Serb-Populated Areas Provocation

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    According to Moscow, the irresponsible actions of Kosovo's leadership could lead to a new cycle of destabilization and trigger a bloody conflict in the region.

    "The demonstrative invasion of Kosovan special forces  in Serb-populated areas in the north of the province on September 29, which defied the existing agreements between Belgrade and Pristina, are simply a provocation aimed at intimidating Kosovan Serbs and putting pressure on Serbia," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated Monday.

    READ MORE: Serbia's President Vucic to Ask Putin for Support Over Situation in Kosovo

    She also criticized the peacekeepers, which were supposed to prevent possible conflicts in the region.

    "We condemn in this regard the passive behavior of the international forces in Kosovo, which have not taken any action, despite the fact that in accordance with the UNSC mandate, they are responsible for safeguarding peace and security in the territory," Zakharova stressed.

    About 60 servicemen of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo’s special forces were deployed in the vicinity of Lake Gazivoda near the Belgrade-controlled Gazivoda hydroelectric power station, triggering a harsh reaction from Serbian authorities.

    In 2008, Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership unilaterally proclaimed independence from Serbia, which has never recognized the move. The self-proclaimed republic is currently recognized by more than 100 countries.

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