Tennis star Djokovic backs Kosovo comments after criticism


Djokovic will face no punishment as both the French and international tennis federations have said no Grand Slam rules were broken.

“I would say it again, but I don’t need to because you have my dates if you want to reflect on that,” Djokovic said at a news conference on Wednesday.

“Of course I am aware that a lot of people would disagree, but it is what it is. It’s something I stand for. So that’s all. I have no further comments on it. I said what I had to say.»

NATO is prepared to deploy more troops to Kosovo to quell violence in the ethnically polarized north, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday, adding that the first 700 troop reinforcements are on the way there.

“NATO will remain vigilant. We will be there to ensure a safe and secure environment, and also to defuse and reduce tensions,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Oslo.

Unrest in northern Kosovo has escalated since ethnic Albanian mayors took office in the region’s Serb-majority area after Serb-boycotted April elections, a move that prompted the United States and its allies to to rebuke Pristina.

NATO decided to reinforce its 4,000-strong mission in the region with an additional 700 troops after 30 of its KFOR peacekeepers and 52 ethnic Serb protesters were injured on Monday.

Stoltenberg called the violence against NATO troops «totally unacceptable» and said the allies were preparing more troops in case NATO needed to send additional reinforcements to the region.

“Our message to both Belgrade and Pristina is that they must participate in good faith in the EU-facilitated dialogue,” he added.

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