A deadly shootout between masked Serb gunmen and Kosovo police has led to escalating tensions between Kosovo and Serbia.
Why it matters
The shootout and the subsequent military buildup along the border have raised concerns about the potential for further violence and instability in the region. The involvement of NATO and the European Union highlights the international significance of the situation.
What the papers say
The AP News reports that the NATO-led peacekeeping force has called for both Kosovo and Serbia to return to the negotiating table to prevent violence. The New York Times highlights the denial by Serbia's president of a military buildup along the border with Kosovo. Al Jazeera emphasizes the monitoring of Serbian military movements by Kosovo's government and the call for troop withdrawal. The Guardian mentions the White House's call for the withdrawal of Serbian forces and the reinforcement of NATO troops in Kosovo. Politico reports on the increasing tensions and the deployment of additional NATO forces. The Independent provides similar coverage, including the denial by Serbia's president and the monitoring of Serbian military movements by Kosovo's government.
How we got here
The tensions between Kosovo and Serbia date back to the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Serbia has never officially recognized it. The recent shootout and military buildup have further strained the relationship between the two countries.
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