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Visa-free travel between Russia and Serbia agreed

Posted by Kris Roman on February 24, 2009

 

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Russia Today

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremic have signed a bilateral agreement for visa-free travel for the citizens of their respective countries.

This agreement, which was signed in Moscow on Friday, will give Russians and Serbs the right to travel to each others’ countries without the need of a visa for up to 30 days. The agreement will take several months to come into force.

Presently, three Balkan countries, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia, have visa-free regimes with Russia. The foreign ministers of Russia and Serbia promised to expedite the necessary procedures for the agreement to be ratified as soon as possible.

Since last March, Serbia has granted visa-free travel to Russians entering their territory.

A protocol to the agreement on free trade between Russia and Serbia was signed on Friday, and it is expected to provide a boost to trade relations.

 

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Serbia joins Southern Stream

Posted by Kris Roman on December 25, 2008

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RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Fedyashin

http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20081225/119173060.html

On December 24, Catholic Christmas Eve, the Slavic gas transit system strengthened its position: Dmitry Medvedev and Serbian President Boris Tadic signed several agreements on oil and gas at a meeting in Moscow.

Moscow, Belgrade and the European Union will benefit from Serbia’s participation in the South Stream pipeline, one of the main issues of the Russian-Serbian talks. It was the first thing Medvedev spoke about when meeting his Serbian counterpart at the Kremlin. He ensured that all energy cooperation agreements between Russia and Serbia were designed to guarantee Europe’s energy security.

The pipeline, which is planned to carry 31 billion cubic meters of Russian gas annually, will run from the Russian village of Beregovaya in the Krasnodar Region to Bulgaria and from there to Romania, Slovenia, Hungary and Austria.

Russia and Italy signed their first agreement concerning the South Stream pipeline system on June 23, 2007. The southern branch will carry Russian gas to Italy through Serbia, Montenegro, and even Macedonia.

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Serbian premier links Georgia situation to Kosovo

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

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Serbia’s prime minister has said the recent events that led to Russia’s recognition of two Georgian breakaway republics were a knock-on effect of Western powers’ recognition of Kosovo’s independence.

Russia, Serbia’s key ally, refused to recognize Kosovo as a sovereign state after the predominantly ethnic Albanian province declared its independence in February. Moscow at the time rejected Western powers’ claims that Kosovo was a ‘special case,’ and said that recognition would fuel separatist movements in other countries.

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Karadzic says no hope of fair trial after ‘media witch-hunt’

Posted by Kris Roman on August 3, 2008

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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has expressed concerns that a “media witch-hunt” will make it impossible for him to get a fair trial at a UN tribunal.

In a written submission to The Hague-based war crimes tribunal published on Friday, Karadzic said the media had already declared him a war criminal, and that it was “unimaginable to many people that this court could now acquit me,” a fact that he said, “jeopardizes the trial itself.”

Karadzic also asked the court not to set any timeframe for the consideration of his case.

“Speed is essential to the calculations of a gunslinger, but not at all in matters of law and justice,” he wrote.

Karadzic faces 11 counts of “war crimes”. Not like the criminal and murdering politicians from Israël and the USA.

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Russia wants Hague tribunal closed over Bosnian Muslim acquittal

Posted by Kris Roman on July 10, 2008

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Russia is demanding the closure of the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague over the “biased” acquittal of Bosnian Muslim Naser Oric, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia last Thursday overturned a conviction against Oric, 41, a former commander of Bosnian Muslim forces, who had been found guilty in 2006 of failing to prevent the murder and torture of Bosnian Serbs in 1992-1993.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Andrei Nesterenko told reporters: “this verdict is yet another proof of the lack of impartiality in the work of the tribunal, a demonstration of a prejudiced attitude to some of the accused and a lenient attitude to other participants in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.”

“The tribunal’s decision merely confirms the need to swiftly implement the agreed strategy for shutting down its work,” he said.

The Hague court ruled that despite ample proof that war crimes against Serbs were committed, the individual case against Oric, considered a hero by many Bosnian Muslims for defending the town of Srebrenica and the surrounding area, lacked evidence.

Bosnian Serbs say that forces led by Oric killed more than 3,000 Serbs in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, during which Serb forces massacred around 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.

Russia’s view reflects that of its ally Serbia, which last week condemned the ruling on Oric, saying it damaged the tribunal’s credibility.

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Russia to seek UN Kosovo mission chief’s dismissal

Posted by Kris Roman on June 13, 2008

Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Thursday saying the country will seek the dismissal of the United Nations’ chief representative in Kosovo over his plans to end the UN mission in the province.

Russia continues to view Kosovo as a part of Serbia, and has warned that any transfer of the UN Kosovo mission’s authority to the European Union would contravene international law.

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Russia ups pressure on ex-war crimes prosecutor Del Ponte

Posted by Kris Roman on April 14, 2008

 

RIA Novosti

Russia’s delegation to PACE has gathered sufficient signatures to force an investigation into controversial claims made by former Hague Tribunal prosecutor Carla Del Ponte in her book.

On Tuesday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry asked the office of the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to provide an explanation and details of crimes described in a book by Del Ponte, who stepped down as the UN’s chief war crimes prosecutor in January.

The tribunal confirmed on April 11 that it has received the Russian ministry’s request.

In her book entitled The Hunt: Me and War Criminals, Carla del Ponte described atrocities against Kosovo Serbs and other ethnic groups committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during 1998-99.

Last Monday, the ministry denounced a ruling by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia last week which saw a former Kosovo prime minister acquitted for crimes committed during the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia in 1998-1999.

Ramush Haradinaj, 39, a former KLA guerilla leader, accused of organizing the rape, murder and intimidation of thousands of Serbs and Roma was found ‘not guilty’ on April 3.

The ministry said in an official statement the verdict “questions the impartibility and objectiveness of the International Criminal Tribunal” and accused the court of “double standards” in their treatment of conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

According to claims made in Del Ponte’s book, Haradinaj was involved in the sale of organs taken from prisoners executed in Kosovo.

She alleges that there was sufficient evidence for prosecution of Kosovo Albanians involved in war crimes, but it “was nipped in the bud” focusing on “the crimes committed by Serbia.”

The claims have caused a storm in Serbia and among the international community. The president of the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Serbs in Kosovo, Simo Spasic, said he wanted to sue Carla Del Ponte for “concealing the crimes.”

 

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Russia completes deliveries of humanitarian aid to Kosovo Serbs

Posted by Kris Roman on April 10, 2008

 

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Russia completed its deliveries of aid to Serbs in north Kosovo on Thursday as an IL-76 cargo plane of the Russian Emergencies Ministry carrying 40 tons of humanitarian aid landed at a Belgrade airport.

A total of 150 metric tons of food, including canned meat and fish, baby food, rice, and sugar, along with substantial amounts of medical equipment, medicines, disinfectants and other healthcare products have now been delivered to Belgrade in four deliveries. The supplies are worth around 40 million rubles ($1.7 million).

The aid will be later transferred to a local Red Cross department for shipment to Kosovo.

Serbian Minister for Kosovo Slobodan Samardzic said earlier that Serbs urgently need humanitarian aid in Kosovo and Metohija. He estimated the number of families in need of the supplies at 8,300.

Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Serb areas in Kosovo last month after a request from Serbia’s government.

Kosovo, with a 90% ethnic-Albanian majority, all immigrants, has been recognized as a sovereign state by 36 countries including the United States and most European Union members since it proclaimed its independence from Serbia on February 17. Russia and China continue to back Belgrade’s position that Kosovo will always remain a part of Serbia.

 

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Russia wants details of del Ponte’s controversial book

Posted by Kris Roman on April 9, 2008

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has asked the Hague to provide details on crimes described in a book by former chief criminal prosecutor Carla del Ponte, the ministry said on Tuesday.

In her book called The Hunt: Me and War Criminals, Carla del Ponte described atrocities against Kosovo Serbs and other ethnic groups committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

“Batching freedom of speech concerning crimes against civilians, one may assume, is aimed at softening the reaction within international social and political circles to the facts revealing the criminal prehistory to the illegitimate sovereignty of Kosovo,” the ministry said.

On Monday, the ministry denounced a ruling by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia last week which saw a former Kosovo prime minister acquitted for crimes committed during the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia in 1998-1999.

Ramush Haradinaj, 39, a former KLA guerilla leader, accused of organizing the rape, murder and intimidation of thousands of Serbs and Roma was found ‘not guilty’ on April 3.

The ministry said in an official statement the verdict “questions the impartibility and objectiveness of the International Criminal Tribunal” and accused the court of “double standards” in their treatment of conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

According to claims made in del Ponte’s book, Haradinaj was involved in the sale of organs, taken from prisoners executed in Kosovo.

She alleges that there was sufficient evidence for prosecution of Kosovo Albanians involved in war crimes, but it “was nipped in the bud” focusing on “the crimes committed by Serbia.”

The claims have caused a storm in Serbia and among the international community. The president of the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Serbs in Kosovo, Simo Spasic, said he wanted to sue Carla del Ponte for “concealing the crimes.”

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Russian forces in Kosovo senseless – Lavrov

Posted by Kris Roman on April 9, 2008

 

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a national radio station on Tuesday he could see no sense in sending troops to Serbia’s breakaway province of Kosovo.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on February 17 and has been so far recognized by 37 countries, including the U.S. and most European nations.

“I can see no sense in sending Russian troops there as part of KFOR [Kosovo Force] or under the [UN] Security Council mandate, which does not rule out such an action,” the minister told the Moscow-based Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Lavrov said that in order to stabilize the situation in Kosovo “[UN Security Council] Resolution 1244 should be taken as a guideline.”

He also said the recognition has failed to go as scheduled by “those who incited Kosovo to declare independence” adding that they planned to “persuade or force around 100 countries”, but only 37 have agreed with over “50 states clearly stating that they will not” recognize Kosovo.

The U.S. representative office in Pristina was officially renamed the United States Embassy in Kosovo at a ceremony attended by both local and foreign officials on Tuesday.

Russia has consistently backed Belgrade’s position that Kosovo will always remain a part of Serbia.

 

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Russia warns U.S. over illegal arming of Kosovo

Posted by Kris Roman on March 21, 2008

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has warned that the supply of U.S. weapons to Kosovo could further destabilise the Balkans. Speaking in Israel, Lavrov said the only legitimate delivery of arms to Kosovo were those made to the international contingent working under a UN mandate.

“The only legitimate basis for regulating the situation in Kosovo is Security Council resolution 1244. It does not allow Kosovo to have its own army or for anybody to supply military equipment to Kosovo except for supplies to the international contingent working under a UN mandate. Any other supplies are illegitimate,” Lavrov said.He added that he wouldn’t like to think that supplies there are aimed at forcing Serbs and other minorities to remain within the illegally proclaimed state. “I don’t think this will contribute to stability in the Balkans,” Lavrov concluded.

 

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Serbs in Kosovo call for Russian weapons

Posted by Kris Roman on March 20, 2008

Serbs in Kosovo call for Russian weapons  It’s exactly one month since Kosovo’s unilateral independence announcement. While many international journalists have lost interest, Serb protesters in Kosovo are still pledging to fight the move.

Dr Marko Jaksic, the President of the Serbian municipalities of Kosovo, says the protests will continue.“The Serb elections are on May 11. If Tomislav Nikolic wins it will be much easier to keep Kosovo in Serbia. We need Russia but we don’t ask for Russian soldiers. We need Russian weapons. If we’d had the weapons in 1999 the situation today would be completely different,” he explained.Relations between Serbia and the UN are at an all time low. For the first time in nine years Serbia sent trains from Belgrade to Kosovo, ignoring an agreement with the UN. They say it mirrors the UN ignoring the agreement over the sovereignty of Kosovo.And even on the Albanian side, a month after declaring independence, people’s patience is running out. “Citizens are depressed, there is poverty, unemployment. We hope to return perspectives in Mitrovica because in the past it was one of the developed city in Kosovo,” Bajram Rexhepi, former prime minister of Kosovo and mayor of Mitrovica, said.

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Russia warns against forcing Kosovo Serbs to accept independence

Posted by Kris Roman on March 7, 2008

  European Friends of Serbia http://efserbia.wordpress.com  Russia’s Foreign Ministry warned on Tuesday that forcing Serbs living in Kosovo to recognize the province’s independence, declared on February 17, would further destabilize the situation.”The Serbian population [of Kosovo] strongly object to the illegitimate declaration of independence. Their protest actions are on the rise, in particular in crowded areas of the Serbian province, and in southern [Serb] enclaves,” said spokesman Mikhail Kamynin.The situation is of “serious concern” to Russia, he added.Kosovo has been a UN protectorate since NATO bombings ended a conflict between Serb and Albanian forces in 1999.Kosovo’s independence has been recognized by the United States, Australia, Japan and major European countries, but Serbia and Russia have reacted angrily, with Serbia, which sees Kosovo as its historical heartland, recalling its ambassadors from those countries.Moscow argues that Kosovo’s independence will trigger more secessions and that it will block it from joining the UN.

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Russia refuses to extradite Milosevic family to Serbia

Posted by Kris Roman on March 3, 2008

Russia says it won’t extradite the widow and the son of the late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to Serbia. Belgrade has issued an extradition request to Russia for Mirjana Markovic and Marko Milosevic.

They’re accused of a number of frauds including tobacco smuggling during early 90s, which Serbian authorities say netted them millions of dollars. The Milosevics, who’ve been living in Moscow for the last few years, deny all the allegations and refuse to return to Serbia to face charges. Russia’s federal migration service says Milosevic’s family was given refugee status two years ago and is now under protection of international laws.Slobodan Milosevic died in custody at The Hague in March 2006, before a UN War Crimes Tribunal passed a verdict on his role in the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo in the 90s.

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Russia’s UN envoy says EU Kosovo mission illegal

Posted by Kris Roman on February 29, 2008

Russia’s UN envoy called the planned police and justice mission to Kosovo “illegal,” during a closed-doors UN Security Council meeting.Prior to the declaration of independence by the Serbian province on February 17, the European Union approved sending a 2,000-strong civilian mission to Kosovo to replace the UN mission, which has been deployed there since the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999.”I quoted UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which outlines the mandate for international presence there. In line with the resolution, the deployment of an EU mission would be illegal and contrary to the resolution, and none of the Security Council members objected,” Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday.Media reports emerged earlier that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has forwarded a letter to EU leaders, which stated that a number of Security Council members were opposed to the EU taking over the UN mission in Kosovo.But Ban’s spokeswoman Michele Montas denied the reports, saying the letter did not exist.The secretary general earlier said he had been informed by the EU of the plans for the mission, he had no objections, but said the UN Mission in Kosovo, or UNMIK, would continue to operate under Resolution 1244 as the legal framework for its mandate.”Without a new resolution by the UN Security Council, the UNMIK will remain in Kosovo with all the ensuing consequences from the viewpoint of illegitimacy of the unilateral declaration of independence and its recognition by some countries,” Churkin said.Churkin said Russia, which considers Kosovo’s independence a violation of international law, will continue to insist on a compromise between Belgrade and Pristina to solve the status of the province.Kosovo independence has been recognized by the United States, Australia, Japan, Peru, Malaysia and most EU countries, but Serbs reacted angrily to the declaration with mass protests, leading to street riots and attacks on embassies in Belgrade.Churkin also cautioned international organizations operating in Kosovo, where the Serb population accounts for less than 10%, against repressing Kosovo Serbs who are against the province’s independence.He said such attempts had been made, referring to a mooted move to close the Kosovo-Serb border. “This would be in breach of Resolution 1244 and could lead to grave humanitarian consequences for Kosovo’s northern Serb-populated regions, which are mostly supplied by the rest of Serbia.Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said the NATO-led international Kosovo force, deployed in the province to safeguard security since 1999, must continue operating under the UN mandate.”Russia insists that NATO forces in Kosovo continue complying with the UN mandate and UN Security Council Resolution 1244,” Rogozin said.

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The unique case of U.S. Embassy on fire

Posted by Kris Roman on February 28, 2008

Source : RIA Novosti Dmitry Gornostayev, head of RIA Novosti office in New York  

 

When television showed the burning American Embassy in Belgrade and crawling APCs (carrying Serbian policemen who had no desire to disperse Serbs with Molotov’s cocktails), I wondered how soon will the Americans recall international law and the Vienna Convention, which safeguards the immunity of diplomats and embassies? They were very quick.But an appeal by Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns to the Serbs to respect international law sounded somewhat ridiculous. What is he talking about? He and his colleagues violated it themselves last Monday by recognizing Kosovo’s independence.It is strange to hear words of indignation when the situation developed exactly the way he wanted it to. OK, let’s agree that Kosovo is a unique case. The burning of the embassy is a unique reply to Kosovo’s unique independence. There is no need to draw any parallels or get worried. This exception will not spread to other parts of the world – other embassies cannot be burned, and this case is truly unique.Let’s repeat this idea once again. Having taken part in the annexation of part of a sovereign state, the United States is angry that someone wanted to occupy or even burn down part of its own territory – the embassy. The Department of State has justifiably appealed to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. But what about the UN Charter, which guarantees territorial integrity of sovereign states? Having recognized Kosovo’s independence, Washington has openly violated Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. So, why is it angry at a Serbian student who did a similar thing to the U.S. Embassy? Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.It was unpleasant and humiliating for the Americans to watch on TV how Serbs were setting fire to their stars and stripes, and raising a red, blue and white tricolor instead. But few of them saw how Orthodox churches were burning in Kosovo, cupolas with crosses detonated, and clergymen exposed to derision. CNN does not often remind its audience of Albanian atrocities.It was interesting to watch journalists changing the tune in their coverage of events in Belgrade. First, they mentioned a thousands-strong crowd that somehow turned into a few nationalists, although it was the same crowd. The Americans hate to admit that they were wrong – nobody does, for that matter. But few have taken so many undemocratic and illegal actions in world policy as they have. In the United States, those guilty of such actions may face life imprisonment, if not a lethal injection, electrocution or gas chamber (how can democracy be preached by a country where 35 states allow capital punishment by such revolting methods?). Erosion of international law started with Serbia – the bombing of Belgrade in 1999. Iraq followed.In terms of criminal law, these global actions qualify as robbery and murder. In Arkansas and Texas, these crimes are punishable by death penalty. These are home states of the last two presidents that started wars in Yugoslavia and Iraq in violation of international law. But at home, U.S. presidents do not behave like this – they are decent gentlemen playing the sax and riding a bike. But once they go outside, everyone had better scatter.The last two presidents liked to talk about the U.S. mission before the start of a war: “The United States is called upon to guarantee…”. Depending on the situation, they would continue with such phrases as “Kosovo’s freedom,” “peace and prosperity,” or “democracy all over the world.” None of them has specified who imbued the United States with this mission and what rights they had for that.But these are details that ordinary Americans should not go into until someone in their family is killed in action. For the time being, Americans are not dying in Kosovo like they do in Iraq; and for this reason they don’t ask who has urged America to help the Kosovars and whether the Kosovars had the right to do so.Have the Kosovars appealed to the Americans? What if the Basques, Catalans, or Corsicans appeal to them? Quebec has a hard life as part of Canada, and is closer to the United States. Does the United States want to help the Turkish Kurds? Probably not, separatism is a bad word in Turkey.Receiving reports from Belgrade, U.S. diplomat Burns appealed for help to the Serbian authorities but they could do nothing. They failed to protect the territorial integrity of both their country and the U.S. Embassy.But the Serbian government is not guilty of unrest in Belgrade. It has lost legitimacy, having failed to preserve its territory. In this situation, it is disgraceful to scatter indignant compatriots, but they had to for fear of being brought to The Hague. This is not a good prospect for President Boris Tadic, who talked about European prospects for Serbia, or for Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, a graduate of Cambridge and Harvard. They are not ready for any responsibility.Responsibility for the humiliated stars and stripes rests with American diplomats and officials – Burns, Condoleezza Rice, Richard Holbrooke, Zalmay Khalilzad, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Madeleine Albright – all those who have created this unique case and have not yet realized how unique it really is. 

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Russia abides by international law in its support for Serbia – FM

Posted by Kris Roman on February 28, 2008

Source : RIA Novosti  http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080225/100008489.html   Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia acted in line with international laws by supporting Serbia’s efforts to regain its territorial integrity.The Kosovo parliament unilaterally adopted on February 17 a declaration on the breakaway republic’s independence from Serbia. Belgrade has called the decision illegal and is demanding to cancel it. However, the United States and some other Western countries have recognized Kosovo’s independence.”It is unacceptable that for the first time in the post-war history, a country [Serbia], which is a member of the United Nations, has been divided in violation of all principles used in resolving territorial conflicts,” Lavrov said in an interview with Russia’s Vesti 24 television.”We are actively supporting Belgrade’s demands to restore its territorial integrity and sovereignty,” he said, adding that the unilateral recognition of Kosovo’s independence would have a negative impact on other regional conflicts, including those in the Middle East.He also expressed concern over attempts by some political forces to replace the UN as the main mediator in international conflicts.”Someone is willing to use the Kosovo precedent to see whether it is possible to shift the center of decision-making to a different place naming NATO as such. This is a most dangerous game,” he said.He also accused the EU of double-standard policies in the settlement of the Kosovo conflict.”Their [the EU] logic is quite funny – after destroying territorial integrity of a legitimate state [Serbia], they say they are determined to protect territorial integrity of an illegal formation [Kosovo],” the minister said.Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also reaffirmed on Monday that Moscow would maintain a firm stand on territorial integrity of Serbia.”We believe that Serbia is a unified state, whose jurisdiction extends over its whole territory, and we will maintain this position in the future,” Medvedev said at the talks with Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica in Belgrade.Medvedev, who is the Kremlin’s front-runner in the March 2 presidential elections, said that Russia and Serbia would coordinate their efforts to resolve the current political crisis over Kosovo’s independence.

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