Russia’s foreign minister has reaffirmed his country’s opposition to a plan granting supervised independence to Kosovo. Sergei Lavrov spoke after holding talks with Serbian president Boris Tadic in Belgrade.
He said imposing a solution for the future of the province was “unacceptable”. Russia says any deal should be backed by both sides to the debate.
Ethnic Albanians, who make up around 90 percent of Kosovo’s two million people, want independence. But Serbs, who see Kosovo as the cradle of their culture and religion, want it to stay close to Belgrade.
Lavrov’s comments come ahead of a UN Security Council debate on a proposal to give the province internationally supervised independence. Russia could block the proposal with its veto power in the Council.