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Russia rejects Western concessions on Kosovo


Diplomatic deadlock continues over the future status of Kosovo, despite fresh efforts to find agreement at the UN. Western nations have softened a draft resolution backing supervised independence for the province. But Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin rejected the move.

“The introduction of this updated version of this draft has not changed anything, as far as we are concerned. We continue to abide by our proposed elements,” he said. “The Russian approach does allow for considerable flexibility. We are not calling for things to be stagnated in Kosovo. We, for example, can envisage the transfer of responsibility from the United Nations to the European Union in Kosovo.”

While administered by the UN, Kosovo remains part of Serbia, a traditional ally of Russia which holds a UN Security Council veto. Belgrade fiercely opposes Kosovan independence which Kosovo Albanians broadly accept. Talks have failed to bring the two sides together on UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari’s blueprint for qualified independence.

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