Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj wrote on his Facebook account that the Russian citizen Mikhail Krasnoschekov - a member of the UN's peacekeeping mission, who was arrested on Tuesday in the Kosovo police raid, was "a spy disguised as a UN worker."
"During the operation against organized crime and smuggling, the Kosovo police arrested a Russian citizen, a spy disguised as member of the UN organization, who interfered with the rule of law using a UN official vehicle," Haradinaj said in his Facebook post and added: "His actions are against international law and norms. The obstruction of justice and the misuse of the UN symbols are gross violations."
The Russian mission at the OSCE must understand that the rule of law is our responsibility to all the citizens of Kosovo in a society we share together, Haradinaj added.
The Kosovo police announced on Friday that they encountered resistance in the Zubin Potok area, in Northern Kosovo, where they were shot at. They added that the driver of a Toyota with UN insignia on it helped the violent demonstrators by parking his vehicle in the middle of the road. According to them, the driver did not comply with their orders.
"The police noticed that the passenger from that vehicle took out a chain saw, which was used by the suspects to cut trees for barricades. Although police officers repeatedly asked for the road to be cleared, repeated the request in English, the said individual refused to communicate, to identify themselves and to clear the road," the Kosovo Police said. He was released shortly after he was arrested, on the basis of diplomatic immunity.
During the arrest, the Russian citizen Mikhail Krasnoсzekov received severe head injuries, and he received medical aid in Kosovska Mitrovica first, and before being transferred to the Military Medical Academy (VMA) in Belgrade on Thursday, where Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic visited him on Friday.
On Friday, Haradinaj called Krasnoсzekov a persona non grata after which he expelled him from Kosovo.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kosovo authorities behaviour towards the UN peacekeeper was absolutely unacceptable and can never be justified and will have far-reaching consequences for them.