Germany has called on Serbia to reduce the number of its troops on the border with Kosovo

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The German Government called on Serbia to de-escalate the situation on the border with Kosovo.

"There must be no further escalation between Serbia and Kosovo. It is important that Serbia immediately reduce the number of its soldiers at the border," the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

At the same time, it is emphasized that Berlin and its partners are in "intense contact with all parties".

"The political process must continue urgently," the statement concluded, alluding to the negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina on the future of relations.

Tensions between the two countries have risen since last week Kosovo police clashed with 30 heavily armed Serbs who stormed the Kosovo village of Banjska and barricaded themselves in a Serbian Orthodox monastery. Three attackers and one policeman were killed.

On Friday, Germany's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (FDP) Western Balkans rapporteur, Thomas Hacker, called on Belgrade to quickly bring those responsible to justice.

At the same time, the president of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), Timo Krupala, was in Belgrade and supported the ideas of the Serbian political top to return Kosovo to the territorial composition of Serbia.

During the talks, it was shown that the solution according to which the region of Kosovo would remain part of Serbia is feasible, said Krupala.

AfD, which has seen a drastic increase in popularity in recent months and has established itself as the second most popular party in the country in opinion polls, has always opposed the recognition of Kosovo's independence.

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