Moscow: Kosovo Serbs can count on Russian support

Moscow: Kosovo Serbs can count on Russian support Izvor:

Russia will support any solution to Kosovo issue which suits Serbia and which follows the UN Security Council Resolution 1244, a Russian official said on Friday, the Beta news agency reported.

After meeting Serbia's Minister for Innovation and Technological Development Nenad Popovic, Konstantin Kosachev, the head of Russia’s Foreign Policy Committee, said that the Serbs in Kosovo could always count on Russia’s support, a statement from Popovic’s office said.

“I’m telling Kosovo Serbs that Russia is alongside the Serb people and Serbia,” Kosachev said, adding that Moscow would remain consistent in respecting the international law and the UN Security Council 1244 “which recognises Kosovo as an integral and inalienable part of Serbia.”

The Resolution, among other provisions, “authorise the UN to facilitate a political process to determine Kosovo's future status.”

It added that “Kosovo's future status would take into consideration the Rambouillet Agreement, which Serbia refused to sign in 1998, and which calls for the 'will of the people of Kosovo" to be one of the guiding principles in defining Kosovo's status…' The resolution reaffirms calls for 'substitutional autonomy and meaningful self-administration for Kosovo'.”

Popovic thanked Russia and its President Vladimir Putin for crucial support in preserving Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“We are grateful to Russia for its respect of the international law and intention to support a solution to Kosovo within Serbia’s Constitution and Resolution 1244,” Popovic said, adding that “only such solution guarantees peace and economic progress to both the Serbs and the Albanians in Kosovo.”

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