BELGRADE – Troops of the US-led NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) have taken control of the hydroelectric plant in the ‘autonomy aspirant’ Serb enclave of Mitrovica. This means that the fifth largest city in the Serbian region of Kosovo, occupied by US-NATO and Albanian forces, with a population of over 45,000 Serbs who have repeatedly demanded autonomy and a return to Serbian sovereignty, is now surrounded with its electric supply controlled by US-NATO forces.
Giving meaningful context to the above, the entire Serbian region of Kosovo is nominally under NATO occupation, with a US picked puppet government in Pristina, the ad-hoc de facto capital of ‘Kosovo’, and co-ruled from Tirana, the capital of Albania. However, in areas where there are still Serb majorities that haven’t been ethnically cleansed, there is a push to declare ‘autonomy’ from the ‘independent Kosovo’. This effectively would mean a rejoining with Belgrade at some future point. The only UNSC resolution on this matter is 1244, from 1999, which envisions a return of an autonomous Kosovo, including Pristina, as part of a de facto federalized Serbian state co-governed from Belgrade.
Washington, Berlin/Brussels, and Tirana have effectively and unilaterally reneged on the UNSC resolution requirements, and instead pushed an illegal referendum process in Kosovo in 2008. Unlike the situation in Crimea or the Donbass, this referendum was illegal because the governing parties in Belgrade over Serbia, were sovereign and legitimate, there was no break with or change of government, as was the case following the coup in Kiev following the US-backed ‘maidan’ color revolution.
The 2013 Brussels agreement was intended by Belgrade, Tirana, ‘Pristina’, Washington, and Berlin/Brussels to simultaneously come to terms with the ‘new facts on the ground’ of 2008, but within the context of the 1999 UNSC resolution 1244, meaning that Belgrade is not required to recognize the illegal referendum. It is a critical component of the existing Serbian constitution, that Kosovo is an integral part of Serbia. This cannot be circumvented by any international agreement, and no Serbian head of state or head of government can enter into an international and binding treaty at odds with the Serbian constitution.
N1, a media outlet which is known to be CNN’s affiliate in the Balkans, reported two days ago that KFOR units “have reached the hydroelectric power plant on the Lake Gazivode and are securing it, but not due to possible incidents but because this is their regular exercise.”
Fort Russ News, with a major hub in Serbia, has been closely plugged into the events which are leading towards this critically destabilizing scenario. We have long forecasted that the next major regional, even sub-global conflict would originate here in the West Balkans over precisely these issues.
Strangely venturing to “justify” the occupation of one of Kosovo Serbs’ main infrastructure by KFOR forces as a “regular exercise,” the N1 article published a photo of American troops in the area under the strangely Orwellian anti-headline “No tensions in north of Kosovo.” This incident rather marks a tremendous spike in tensions with potentially catastrophic and global consequences.
Several hours later, KoSSev, a portal openly funded by the British and American embassies in Pristina, the National Endowment for Democracy, and Soros’ Open Society, released photos and video of American troops occupying the Gazivode station under the title “KFOR Unit at the hydroelectric power plant. KFOR: We are doing our duty under Resolution 1244, the situation is calm”. However, this exceeds their duties under UN Security Council Resolution 1244, since the 1999 resolution rests in the context of returning the occupied Serbian region to proper sovereign Belgrade administration, hence another Orwellian twist. The US-NATO forces were deployed to act precisely against any indigenous Serbian actions which would be part of a larger process of returning at least a part of the occupied Serbian region of Kosovo, hence actually working against UN resolution 1244.
What the US is actually doing is in line with its own illegal policy of ‘Greater Albania’, and is based upon the 2008 annexation of the Kosovo region by Albanian forces controlled by Washington and Berlin. It therefore is not positioned within the context of UNSC 1244.
It is therefore clear that some kind of operation is underway which has put US-NATO boots in the area of the power station that Serbs in Mitrovica rely on. There have been tensions in Kosovo and the surrounding region in recent time which give reason to believe that some kind of potentially explosive operation is underway with the latest KFOR “exercises.”
The reported KFOR occupation of Mitrovica’s hydroelectric plant comes just as tensions have heightened over Pristina’s blocking of progress on establishing the Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo, a system of autonomy for 10 Serb-majority municipalities in the north of Kosovo stipulated by the 2013 “Brussels Agreement”, and more closely following up on UNSC 1244 than any actions based within the framework of the illegal 2008 de facto annexation of the Kosovo region by Albania.
The deadline for the de facto US-Albanian ‘government’ in Pristina to adopt the statute on autonomous community-formation, expired on Saturday, August 4th, the very day that KFOR units surrounded Mitrovica and took over the plant.
Pristina has failed to adopt such a statute by August 4th, in violation of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Vucic is presently requesting a UN Security Council meeting to address this matter.
FRN’s parent organization, the Center for Syncretic Studies, was founded in part on the basis that a Balkans-wide military crisis would be stoked mid-decade. CSS/FRN’s Flores has repeatedly explained this, and has said that;
‘[… the] crisis took form first in Kiev and not in Sarajevo or Pristina, as we previously believed. Nevertheless, the conditions for a major crisis involving ultimately a confrontation with the US and Russia, as seen in Kiev, have neither dissipated nor shrunk in the interim period. We fully expect a confrontation or crisis to occur in the Central, West, and South Balkans over the unresolved status of Serbia. Serbia is the ‘lone-star’ state, an inspiration for anti-EU and anti-NATO parties, governments, movements, and activists in Europe and around the world. Serbia is neither in NATO nor the EU, and has the same status in the eyes of the EU and NATO that Russia does. It can never be a part of the Reich, it can only at best be ‘occupied administered territory’, as was the status of Serbia and occupied Russia uniquely, during the rule of Nazi Germany.’
Russian security ’emergency’ response forces are stationed in Nish, in southern Serbia but not in the US occupied Kosovo region. It was revealed to FRN’s sources that Russian special forces with Serbian special forces were involved in aiding Macedonian ‘police’ special forces in the annihilation of an Albanian fighting unit that was going to be launching an attack on a Serbian town in Macedonia, during the Color-Revolution process in Macedonia, back in 2015. Those Albanian terrorists were tried and arrested following the above mentioned military ‘police’ raid and gunfight in the northern Macedonian town of Kumanovo on May 9, 2015. In the battle following the raid, 22 militants and eight Macedonian officers died.
The freshest incident occurs on Serbian occupied territory, thereby increasing the chances of war and destabilization tremendously.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in part of a letter addressed to Serbians in Kosovo
“And that is why, in these days in [relating to] our southern province, but also in the smaller part of the international community, our word is heard loudly and clearly [so they can] see the actions of those [Pristina] who, instead of fulfilling their obligations towards Serbia and the Serbs, use this period in order to use the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, with daily threats and the organized spread of rumors, bring unrest and fear, desiring panic, with the aim of provoking mistrust in state institutions of Serbia, creating a split among the political representatives of Serbs in Kosovo and the overall weakening of our position in a sensitive phase of negotiations.”
On the very same day, Albania’s PM announced that NATO would be establishing its first air base in the country, to be accompanied with a first-round investment of 50 million euros in “modernization.”
FRN has identified this as an escalation in the US-NATO “Greater Albania” scheme, of which Serbian Kosovo was the major victim 11 years ago. As has been the case numerous times, new US-NATO forces, arms, funds, and infrastructure on the ground will inevitably translate into new forces, arms, funds, and infrastructure for violent Albanian forces in Kosovo, Montenegro, and Macedonia. This development follows a statement by Albania’s PM back in April that Albania would annex Kosovo and that “all Albanians in the region will live in a single, united country” if no EU agreement on Kosovo is reached.
All of this comes on the heels of an increase in violent attacks on Kosovo Serbs since March, when Serbia’s Kosovo bureau director was violently detained on his visit to Mitrovica.
In effect, US troops have occupied a strategic resource of Kosovo Serbians in the increasingly discontent Mitrovica area just as political and military tensions have spiked.