During August and September, KFOR will conduct an Operational Training and Exercise exercise.
A press release states that this will result in a temporary increase in troops on the ground.
“A small military contingent from the United Kingdom will arrive in Kosovo on August 13, with the task of setting up the necessary infrastructure to house a larger NATO contingent that will take part in the said exercise. “Additional troops from other NATO allies, including Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey and the United Kingdom, will arrive by the end of August,” the statement said.
According to the announcement, the exercise will be held from August 30 to September 8.
“It will include crowd and riot control scenarios, freedom of movement activities and security operations aimed at maintaining a high level of preparedness. At the end of the exercise, all additional forces will leave Kosovo and return to their respective countries. This represents a routine event, under the name ‘OPREH Level II’. “Troops from allied countries are being trained together with KFOR units as part of the Reserve Operational Force,” the statement said.
It is further stated that although the chances are slim, additional NATO reserve forces could be called in if KFOR needs assistance in implementing its UN mandate to maintain a peaceful and secure environment such as and to ensure freedom of movement for all communities in Kosovo.
“Local communities may notice an increased amount of vehicle movement, resulting from the transport of armored vehicles as units arrive in preparation,” the statement said. / Voice