NATO is watching the situation in Kosovo closely and, in case stability is jeopardised, KFOR is ready to intervene, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a Brussels meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday.

At a joint press conference with Vucic, he said the KFOR mission remained focused on its mandate and that, in case stability was jeopardised, KFOR was ready to intervene and would take all necessary measures to ensure security and freedom of movement.

For the situation to improve, both sides must exercise restraint and avert escalation, he said, adding that the EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was the only way to overcome differences.

Welcoming the next round of the dialogue, scheduled for Thursday, Stoltenberg said all sides needed to demonstrate flexibility and readiness for compromise.

He said NATO appreciated its long-time partnership with Serbia and noted that the alliance would continue to work on strengthening peace and stability in the Balkans.

He noted that the meeting with Vucic had also addressed what he said was Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine, and noted that it was important that the international community be united in a condemnation of aggression.

Responding to a question from a reporter, Stoltenberg said KFOR had already boosted its presence in the north of Kosovo-Metohija and was ready to act in case of an escalation of the situation there, but was primarily working on a calming of tensions through contacts with Belgrade and Pristina.