Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist detained in Kosovo released
Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist Daria Aslamova, detained in Kosovo, was released The newspaper writes that it was preparing a report on the aggravation of the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/7/52/756598563000527.jpg 1200w" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi)" >
A Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist detained in Kosovo on suspicion of working for Russian intelligence Daria Aslamova was released, now she is on the Serbian-Kosovo border in the city of Raska, the newspaper reports.
She traveled to the border on her own by bus, the newspaper notes. “I got to the border by four in the morning. Serbian border guards also interrogated me. We found out why there is no deportation mark, — the newspaper quotes Aslamova's words.
The journalist said that after the arrest she was told that she could be “exchanged for Americans or extradited to Ukraine.” Aslamova is in touch with the Russian Embassy in Serbia, Komsomolskaya Pravda adds. The newspaper writes that the journalist was preparing a report on the aggravation of the Serbian-Kosovo conflict.
Editor-in-Chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda Vladimir Sungorkin told RBC that Aslamova plans to rest after the incident, and then continue to work in the border regions of Serbia. He confirmed that she is now in Raska, and went to Kosovo as part of a business trip.
Aslamova was detained in the north of Kosovo while trying to cross the border with Serbia, said on the night of August 7 the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the partially recognized republic, Celal Svechliya. In his opinion, Aslamova's arrival is connected with Serbia's tendency to destabilize Kosovo and the use of “Russian connections” by Belgrade. “Several countries have proven that she was spying for Russian military intelligence and that she was undercover as a journalist. She also participated in the hostilities in Ukraine»,— he noted.
The situation around Kosovo escalated on July 31, on the eve of the introduction by Pristina of a ban on personal documents and license plates issued in Serbia. The Kosovo authorities decided to take such measures in response to the actions of Belgrade, which had previously refused to recognize certificates issued by Pristina. Later, the government of Kosovo delayed the adoption of this law until September 1.
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Against this background, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic accused Kosovo of preparing an operation against the Serbs who live in northern Kosovo . The authorities of the partially recognized republic mobilized the police in the north of Kosovo, the Serbs began to build barricades. The NATO-led international force (KFOR), responsible for ensuring security in Kosovo, has warned of its readiness to intervene in the conflict if stability in the region is threatened.
The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that he had invited Vucic and the president Kosovo Albina Kurti in Brussels for talks. Their meeting is supposed to take place on August 18.
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