Loss of Patience Prompts EU to Draft Measures Against Serbia
The European Union is developing measures against Serbia regarding Belgrade’s connection to a terrorist attack.
EU is Losing Patience With Serbia
Due to a loss of patience, the EU has taken actions that will affect Serbia politically and economically, including its EU membership. More pieces of evidence surface from the September 24 terrorist attack, involving Serbian President Aleksander Vucic’s son’s close collaborator.
When terrorists attacked Banjske two weeks ago, pressure started to rise from regional leaders. It includes the European Parliament members and Pristina, exacting measures on Serbia.
The attackers consisted of around 30 armed individuals who ambushed Kosovo police, assassinating one, before confining themselves in a monastery. The ensuing gun battle with the police killed three terrorists.
The incursion involved former Kosovo political party Serbian List, Milan Radojicic and Serbian intelligence chief Aleksander Vulin’s personal bodyguard Bojan Mijailovic. It includes Milorad Jevtic, a close associate of the Serbian’s presidential son, Danilo.
It was discovered the weapons used in the attack were Serbian-made and created in 2022. Some artillery and grenades were repaired in the Serbian state maintenance centres in 2018 and 2021.
According to Kosovo MEP and rapporteur, Viola von Cramon, threats over law and order in the Western Balkans mainly came from Serbia and the deficiency of political will to find a resolution. It’s understandable at this moment that patience with President Vucic is running out.
“How did armoured vehicles with weapons and military equipment make it to the north? Who was behind it, and which criminal groups still hide there?” asked von Cramon.
She added that it’s impossible to believe that President Vucic doesn’t know the occurrences since he controls “several things.” It includes the purchase of armaments or the establishment of the treacherous group.
Kosovo authorities confiscated ammunition, weapons, and armoured vehicles, sufficient for several hundred people. The said attack should have secured the north of Kosovo and produced documents displaying that some of the weapons were purchased from the Serbian army.
Serbian President Denied Son’s Involvement in the Attack
President Vucic denied the allegations that his son, Danilo had something to do with the attack in northern Kosovo. Kosovar authorities claimed the documents found at the scene belonged to Danilo’s close acquaintance.
The authorities are still investigating the ”terrorist” operation which might possibly link Danilo Vucic. Radoicic, on the other hand, admitted he organised and participated in the attack following a two-day stay in Serbian custody.
Kosovar Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla showed documents recovered documents at the scene that belong to Milorad Jevtic, one of the closest friends of the Danilo. The found documents proved that Jevtic was among those who attacked Kosovo police. Svecla added that Jevtic accompanied Danilo on four of his last five visits to Kosovo.
“It remains for security authorities and investigations to discover whether aside from Vucic and senior Serbian state structures, his son was also involved in the planning and organization of the terrorist attack in Banjska,” the minister said.
On October 8, Svecla claimed that Jevtic was likewise among those who carried out violence in May. The turmoil caused Pristina to criminalise two informal Serb groupings known as Civil Defense and Northern Brigade.