Alexander Bocan – Harchenko, the Russian ambassador to Serbia, told the Belgrade Vecernje Novosti daily on Thursday his country did not see “all necessary pre-conditions and conditions for an efficient dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina,” adding the Kosovo issue should be solved strictly within the international law framework based on the UN Security Council Resolution 1244, the FoNet news agency reported.
The 1244 Resolution is neutral regarding the status of Kosovo, and Pristina has said it should be changed. However, that cannot happen without a consensus of the member states since they all have a veto right.
Asked if Moscow would accept a solution involving some border correction if agreed by both Belgrade and Pristina, Bocan – Harchenko said it would not be possible since the border correction could exist between the two countries. Russia did not recognise Kosovo as an independent state.
“Kosovo and Metohija (Belgrade’s official name for its former province) is now a province within Serbia,” Bocan – Harchenko said.
Speaking about the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue to which the US and some European countries were getting involved in besides the European Union, the ambassador said that “Moscow could take part in that process, but only if Belgrade is interested and officially invites us.”
Asked if he thought it was a must for Serbia to recognise Kosovo’s independence, or a solution could be found without that, the ambassador said that “eventually, Russia will support any option agreed by Belgrade and Pristina.”
And he added that “the UN Security Council can approve only a solution which means a compromise.”