Britain to provide NATO with troops for Kosovo support

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Ministry of Defence has transferred command of an army battalion to NATO so it can provide support in Kosovo if required, it said on Friday.

A battle between police and armed Serbs holed up in a monastery turned a quiet village in northern Kosovo into a war zone earlier this week.

“Due to the current situation in Kosovo, we have transferred command of the 1st Battalion of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment – a reserve force for NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR) – to NATO so it can provide support if required,” the MoD said in a statement.

(Reporting by James Davey)