Russian trucks carrying aid for ethnic Serbians in Kosovo have been allowed through after a dispute about how the convoy should be escorted.
The border crossing is controlled by Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 per cent of the population.
Accompanied by the EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX, the trucks brought 300 tonnes of aid from Russia for the minority population.
The final destination was a northern province of the small state where most of the Serbs are concentrated and continue to resist control from Pristina.
There were stirring words for the Serbs outside a church as the Russian ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Konuzin, recalled the Kosovo Polje – the site of a battle lost in 1389 – describing it as ‘a symbol of bravery and tragedy’.
Presented to the Orthodox parish was also a more spiritual gift from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who sent a religious icon.
The row with Kosovo over the ethnic Serbs is an obstacle to Serbia’s membership of the EU.