NATO officials declined to comment on statements by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who said there could be a conflict in Kosovo like in Nagorno-Karabakh if peace efforts fail. Asked by Radio Free Europe how NATO sees the parallel drawn by Vucic between Kosovo and Nagorno-Karabakh, the military alliance said that the KFOR mission [in Kosovo], led by NATO, remains fully focused on the implementation of the mandate by the United Nations, to provide security and freedom of movement for all communities in Kosovo .
"We also continue to support the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, with the help of the EU, as the only permanent political solution for stability in Kosovo and the wider Western Balkans region," a NATO official said. Vucic tha said on Thursday that the best possible solution between Serbia and Kosovo is through dialogue, otherwise, according to him, a conflict of the Nagorno Karabakh type could occur. The statement provoked strong reactions from the Kosovo authorities. Acting President Vjosa Osmani said she expected the European Union and NATO to respond to Vucic's "threat" of a "violent war", while Prime Minister Abdullah Hoti said the Serbian president's statements were not in favor of relations normalization between the two countries.