Serbia withdraws entire staff from its embassy in Macedonia

The entire staff of the Serbian Embassy in the Macedonian capital has been withdrawn for urgent consultations in Belgrade in a move that has further strained relations between the Balkan neighbors.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday that the withdrawal was made after intelligence reports of “very offensive acts” planned against Serb interests in Macedonia. He didn’t specify, adding that in the next 10 days “everything will be much clearer.

Macedonian media linked Serbia’s move to reports that Macedonia intends to press for Kosovo membership in the U.N. cultural heritage body, UNESCO.

Macedonia is one of 114 countries, including 23 EU members, which recognize Kosovo whose UN membership is being blocked by Serbia’s allies, Russia and China.

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