Kosovo: 5 Russians, 5 Serbs detained near border with Serbia



Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's police have detained five Russian and five Serb nationals for illegally crossing the border from Serbia, the police said Wednesday, although the detainees are due to be released soon.

The group was detained a day earlier when police stopped them while they were traveling in two vehicles the Kosovo-Serbia border, the force said in a statement.

The ten are being held by the border police. Authorities have notified Russia's diplomatic office in Kosovo.

A court in Podujeva, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the capital Pristina, fined them each 250 Euros ($295) for illegally crossing the border, and 20 Euros ($24) each for trial expenses.

Upon paying the fine they would be taken to the nearest border crossing point, a court statement said.

Police could not be contacted at night time to confirm if the detainees had been taken back to Serbia.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, a move not recognized by Moscow or Belgrade.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tags

World
The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast