Kosovo Russia

Moscow condemns Pristina’s antics in northern Kosovo — statement (TASS)

Moscow decisively condemns the antics of Kosovo’s authorities in regards to the actions of Kosovan special operations forces in areas with a Serbian population in the northern part of the self-proclaimed republic, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

Moscow condemns Pristina’s antics in northern Kosovo — statement – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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Albanian PM’s statement on unification with Kosovo unacceptable — Russian Foreign Ministry (TASS)

Moscow views the statement made by Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama on unification of the country with Kosovo as absolutely unacceptable, official spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said in a comment.

“We consider the statement of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on the unification of Albania and Kosovo as absolutely unacceptable. Promotion of ‘Greater Albania’ creation plans grossly contradicts provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and undermines stability in the region,” Zakharova said.

It is particularly strange to here that violation of the document that is fundamental for Kosovo settlement “is declared as the key goal in the political career of the leader in one of countries in the Balkan Region,” the spokeswoman noted. “Such detrimental cases absolutely do not fit the context of cooperative efforts of Belgrade and Tirana on creation of a common market, undertaken by them in the context of the Open Balkans regional initiative, the joint one with Skopje,” she said.

“We look forward to an appropriate response of Western tutors of the Kosovo ‘nation-building’ project to this brazen provocation. We are highly surprised they miss such undermining calls, while they direct criticism against Belgrade in connection of its ‘Serbian world’ humanitarian concept, justified and consistent with the international law,” Zakharova noted.

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Is Serbia Preparing to Annex Kosovo’s North? (Margarita Assenova, The Jamestown Foundation)

Tensions on the Serbian-Kosovo border have rapidly escalated, threatening to spiral into a renewed conflict in the Balkans. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has ordered military and police units on heightened alert after Kosovo Serbs initiated protests against Pristina’s new vehicle license plates requirements and blocked the border crossings at Jarinje and Brnjak, in northern Kosovo. The area is mainly populated by minority ethnic Serbs, who reject the authority of the ethnic-Albanian-led government in Pristina.

Is Serbia Preparing to Annex Kosovo’s North? – Jamestown