Are we on the verge of another war in Europe?
The White House called on Friday for Serbia to roll back its troops amassed on the Kosovo border, United States officials described that military presence as “destabilizing” and a worrying sign of potential escalation in the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo.
The announcement came five days after an attack in northern Kosovo in which ethnic Serbian gunmen stormed a village and then barricaded themselves in a monastery, a violent episode that led to the deaths of four people, including a Kosovar police officer.
John F. Kirby, a spokesman for the Biden administration, denounced that attack on Friday and said that American officials had reached out to the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to urge them to engage in diplomatic dialogue.
He also said that more NATO troops would be deployed to the area, although he did not say whether American officials expected the flare-up to devolve into a military conflict. …