Kosovo officially has a military. Kosovo’s parliament has passed legislation that formalized the professional status of the Kosovo Security Forces. All 107 lawmakers that were present for the vote voted to approve it (there are 120 seats total). Those who did not support the move, and thus boycotted the vote, were all ethnic Serbs. To the government in Serbia, the bill’s passage is a violation of U.N. resolutions, one that endorses what it calls an “illegal occupying armed formation” in Serbian territory. Belgrade says it may respond in force. With Russia’s backing, Serbia called for a U.N. Security Council meeting on Monday to address the matter. Responses from the international community are varied. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg criticized the move, saying the alliance would need to re-examine its engagement with Kosovo. The U.S. supports the move, and the EU is generally aligned with NATO on it, though Germany has dissented. Kosovo’s military is too small to take on Serbia
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