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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that in the previous period in the Western Balkans region there were serious incidents and escalation of tensions and NATO should remain focused on the region, Western Balkan media reported.

"I just got back from a visit to the region, and what we're seeing there is that tensions are rising. We have seen increased tensions and inflammatory rhetoric in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We have also seen some serious incidents of violence in Kosovo, including an attack on the NATO peacekeeping force," Stoltenberg said ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.

He added that a total of 93 NATO soldiers were injured in the incidents in Kosovo, some of whom were seriously injured.

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"These are serious incidents and we must remain focused on the Western Balkans, while at the same time, of course, we are also committed to the war in Gaza and continue to support Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.

He noted that NATO will do everything necessary to ensure stability in the region, because "this is important not only for the Western Balkans, but for the whole of Europe and NATO."

Last week, the secretary-general visited countries in the Western Balkans.

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