Kosovo have asked the United States to set up a permanent military base in the county and to speed up their integration into NATO. The request has been sparked by Russia‘s military operation in Ukraine.
Already, the United States has over 600 soldiers in Kosovo as part of a NATO ‘peacekeeping’ mission.
“Accelerating Kosovo’s membership in NATO and having a permanent base of American forces is an immediate need to guarantee peace, security and stability in the Western Balkans,” Kosovo’s defense minister Armend Mehaj said on his Facebook page.
Due to objections from Russia, Kosovo are still to become a United Nations member. They did, though, join other countries in introducing sanctions against Russia after their actions in Ukraine, and Mehaj has insisted that they are ready to help Ukraine however they can in any military operation.
Although Russia and Serbia don’t recognize Kosovo’s independence – gained in 2008 – more than 110 nations worldwide do. A total of four NATO members refuse to recognize their independence.