High-level talks between Kosovo and Serbia to be held in Brussels on the 18th with EU mediation
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on the 17th (local time) that the Russian-controlled Zaporiza nuclear power plant in Ukraine should be urgently investigated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Secretary-General Stoltenberg met with reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on the same day and said, “Russia is seriously jeopardizing the safety and security of nuclear power plants, increasing the risk of nuclear accidents,” AFP and Associated Press reported.
“Russian forces are using the vicinity of the nuclear power plant as a base for their units to assemble and use it as a base for bombardment against Ukrainian forces,” he said, accusing it of a reckless and irresponsible act that puts Ukraine, neighboring countries, and people around the world at risk.
Secretary-General Stoltenberg held separate talks with the two sides and held two press conferences at NATO on the day before the high-level talks between the Balkan ‘angsuk’ Kosovo and Serbia mediated by the European Union (EU) on the same day.
The EU has arranged a meeting between Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic after conflicts have escalated since last month ahead of the enforcement of a law in Kosovo to force the replacement of license plates issued by Serbia.
Secretary-General Stoltenberg said that there are currently more than 3,700 peacekeepers stationed in Kosovo. It is going,” he emphasized.
Kosovo declared independence with the approval of the United Nations, the United States, and Western Europe in 2008, but Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence with the consent of Russia and China, and is exercising influence in the northern part of Kosovo, where a majority of Serb residents are present.
Kosovo and Serbia both want to join the EU, but the EU is putting forward a prerequisite for joining the EU only if these countries make a commitment to reconciliation and cooperation.