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Serbia (i/ˈsɜːrbiə/, Serbian: Србија / Srbija, IPA: [sř̩bija]), officially the Republic of Serbia (Serbian: Република Србија / Republika Srbija), is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. Serbia is landlocked and borders Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; Macedonia to the south; and Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro to the west; it also claims a border with Albania through the disputed territory of Kosovo. The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is one of the largest cities in Southeast Europe. Serbia numbers around 7 million residents.

Following the Slavic migrations to the Balkans from the 6th century onwards, Serbs established several states in the early Middle Ages. The Serbian Kingdom obtained recognition by Rome and Constantinople in 1217; it reached its peak in 1346 as a relatively short-lived Serbian Empire. By the mid-16th century, the entire territory of modern-day Serbia was annexed by the Ottoman Empire, at times interrupted by the Habsburgs. In the early 19th century, the Serbian Revolution established the nation-state as the region's first constitutional monarchy, which subsequently expanded its territory. Following disastrous casualties in World War I, and subsequent unification of Habsburg crownland of Vojvodina with Serbia, the country co-founded Yugoslavia with other South Slavic peoples, which would exist in various political formations until the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, which had devastating effects for the region. As a result, Serbia formed a union with Montenegro in 1992, which broke apart in 2006, when Serbia again became an independent country. In 2008 the parliament of Kosovo, Serbia's southern province with an Albanian ethnic majority, declared independence, with mixed responses from the international community.

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Kosovo president calls on Serbia to stop destabilizing country

The Philadelphia Inquirer 01 Jun 2023
... rule of law in Kosovo and understand that the threat is coming from Serbia's denial of Kosovo's existence as a sovereign state."....

Kosovo president calls on Serbia to stop destabilising country

Reuters 01 Jun 2023
CHISINAU, June 1 (Reuters) - Serbia needs to stop its activities ... "The situation is tense, but we need to make sure that we restore rule of law in Kosovo and understand that the threat is coming from Serbia's denial of Kosovo's existence as a sovereign state."....

Serbia’s Vucic calls for withdrawal of mayors in north Kosovo

Al Jazeera 01 Jun 2023
“The situation is tense, but we need to make sure that we restore rule of law in Kosovo and understand that the threat is coming from Serbia’s denial of Kosovo’s existence as a sovereign state.”. Osmani said Serbia was actively supporting “illegal structures” in Kosovo to destabilise the country from within....

Russia: 'No discussions on this' - Peskov on Kadyrov's proposal for martial law in Russia

Ruptly 31 May 2023
Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitri Peskov commented on the proposition by the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, to introduce martial law in the country, as he reported 'there are no decisions on this and there are no discussions on the subject.' ... "We absolutely, unconditionally support Serbia, we support the Serbs....

Kosovo's premier stands behind policing practices against local Serbs

Anadolu Agency 31 May 2023
"The rule of law, 'these gangs' should either return to Serbia or go to prison in Kosovo," he said, as well as the immediate implementation of the agreements without conditions ... China on Tuesday put its weight behind Serbia amid the Balkan nation’s renewed conflict with neighboring Kosovo....

Kosovo Prime Minister Says Ready to Meet With Vucic, Calls for Dialogue

Urdu Point 31 May 2023
First track is to get out from this crisis in the north, which means rule of law, the mob (is sent) either back to Serbia or in prison in Kosovo," the prime ......

30 international peacekeepers injured in fierce clashes with ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo

San Francisco Examiner 30 May 2023
Serbia put the country’s military on high alert and sent more troops to the border with Kosovo ... EPA weakens federal protections but not California’s stricter wetland preservation laws. Kosovo and Serbia have been foes for decades, with Belgrade refusing to recognize Kosovo’s 2008 sovereignty....

‘Kosovo is the heart of Serbia’: Serbian tennis star Djokovic

Al Jazeera 30 May 2023
Kosovo is the heart of Serbia ... “As a public figure but also a son of a man who was born in Kosovo I feel additional responsibility to express my support to our people and Serbia as a whole,” he said and added that he sympathises with all people but what is happening in Kosovo “is a precedent in international law”....

Dubai's vital MICE sector, How Sharjah works towards climate neutrality, and Serbia-Kosovo must resume dialogue, Gulf News Editors comment on the top stories on May 30

Gulf News 30 May 2023
SERBIA AND KOSOVO NEED TO DE-ESCALATE, RESUME DIALOGUE. Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo have escalated in recent weeks ... It is crucial to de-escalate the situation, resume dialogue, and adhere to international law ... These steps are essential to achieve peace and prosperity for the people of Serbia, Kosovo, and the entire region....
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting on refugees, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

Will Erdogan’s Victory Soften Turkey’s Opposition to Sweden in NATO?

Ekathimerini 30 May 2023
Hungary and Serbia are doing the same, and Poland, though fiercely anti-Russia, is, like Turkey, undermining the rule of law, judicial independence and press freedom ... That drift away from democratic values and the rule of law will mean little progress in long-frozen talks on accession to the European Union....

Kosovo Serbs call on Serbia to suspend EU-led dialogue with Kosovo

Anadolu Agency 28 May 2023
Kosovo Serbs on Saturday called on Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to suspend ongoing dialogue process for the normalization of relations with Kosovo, whose 2008 independence neighboring Serbia has never recognized ... Albanians are Kosovo’s main ethnic group, but it has a sizeable Serb minority, especially to the north, bordering Serbia....

Serbian troops on high alert

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 28 May 2023
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbia on Saturday condemned NATO-led peacekeepers stationed in neighboring Kosovo for their alleged failure to stop "brutal actions" by Kosovo police against ethnic Serbs, and said that its armed forces stationed near the border will remain on the highest state of alert until further notice....

Amid violence against Serbs in Kosovo, Serbian army to stand at high combat readiness: Security Council

Anadolu Agency 27 May 2023
The decision came after Serbia ordered its army Friday to advance to the administrative border with Kosovo and urged NATO to urgently stop violence against local Serbs in Kosovo. Kosovo has a sizeable Serb population, especially in the north, near the border with Serbia ... Serbia, however, continues to regard it as its territory....

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