NEWS | 17.01.2019 22:25

Putin: Moscow Supports Mutually Acceptable Solution for Kosovo

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Belgrade on Jan. 17 that Russia supported a mutually acceptable solution for Kosovo based on U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244.

"Russia, like Serbia, is interested in the Balkans staying stable and safe. Russia's stance on Kosovo is known, we support reaching an acceptable solution based on Resolution 1244," Putin said at a joint news conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Putin further said: "Unfortunately, the Kosovo authorities have as of lately been taking provocative steps that have raised tensions," and added that "the Kosovo army is directly violating Resolution 1244" and that Russia shared Serbia's concern that said steps would lead to a destabilization of affairs.

Asked whether Russia would join efforts to solve the question of Kosovo, Putin said that Moscow had always been active on the issue, and as for direct mediation the EU was already doing that, albeit poorly, and pointed to the example of the creation of a Community of Serb Municipalities.

Resolution 1244 envisages the possible presence of Serbian police and border police in Kosovo territory, Putin added.

It is necessary to honor international law more and then a just solution will be possible, the Russian president said, adding that Russia would work with its partners to ensure that a just solution was reached.

Vucic: Without Russia No Solution for Kosovo is Possible

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Jan. 17 that it was clear that there would be no solution to the issue of Kosovo without Russia.

"Without Russia and because of Russia's strength in the U.N. Security Council it is clear that there will be no solution without Russia. Before every solution I will consult with [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin," Vucic told a news conference held with Vladimir Putin at the Palace of Serbia.

Vucic recalled that Belgrade had led EU-brokered negotiations with Pristina until the Pristina side decided to introduce a 100 percent tax on all Serbian goods.

He added that he could not talk about a solution for Kosovo, as he could not presently see one, but hoped there would be one.

He thanked Putin for his support for the independence of Serbia and its territorial integrity and told him that Russia could always count on Serbia as an ally.

Vucic told Putin at the Palace of Serbia that Belgrade had always been able to count on Russian support in international relations as well as that Russia, despite Serbia's being only a small country, could count on Serbia as an ally.


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