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Russia softens slightly towards EU role in Kosovo

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Europe could take over the United Nations’ role in breakaway Kosovo, if Belgrade agreed.

The European Union believes that diplomatic means to bridge differences between Kosovo leaders and Belgrade have been exhausted.

Earlier, Lavrov had made clear Russia would use every instrument it had at the UN to block Western attempts to endorse a unilateral independence claim by the Serbian province.

The UN Security Council failed on Wednesday to bridge deep divisions between Kosovo Albanians and the Serbian government in Belgrade.

Incoming EU presiding nation Slovenia said the bloc would try to reach a consensus on January 28 to deploy EU police, justice officials and administrators to help stabilise the area and build Kosovo’s institutions.

Lavrov said this was not an impossible option, providing Serbia gives consent.