Contents tagged with Kosovo

  • Putin replaces Russian Ambassador to Serbia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order appointing Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko as Russia's Ambassador to Serbia. The document was published on the Internet portal of legal information.

    Botsan-Kharchenko is a MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) graduate, and he has worked in the structures of the European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry in the 2000s and, in particular, was a representative of Russia in the International Negotiating Commission to Kosovo. …

  • Leader of Kosovo: Serbia is a mini-Russia in the Balkans

    Pristina will maintain the 100% tariffs on goods from Serbia until Belgrade decides to recognize its independence, promised Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. 

    During a press conference on the results of 2018, Haradinaj called Serbia a “small Russia in the Balkans” and urged it to change its policy to comply with European and American standards. 

    “If Serbia does not change, the tariffs will remain forever. If Serbia wants to reach an agreement on mutual recognition and acts in accordance …

  • Kremlin: creation of Kosovo army is a threat to stability in the region

    The decision of the Kosovo’s Parliament to transform Security Forces of the partially recognized Republic into a fully-fledged army is a violation of the Resolution of the UN Security Council and can lead to armed conflict, stated the Russian Foreign Ministry.

     “This step has become a blatant violation of Resolution 1224 of the UN Security Council aimed at a serious escalation of the situation in the Balkans, fraught with armed conflict in the region,”  said the Russian Foreign Ministry. …

  • Representatives of Serbia and Kosovo meet in Minsk

    The meeting of the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić and the leader of the Kosovo separatists, Hashim Thaçi took place on October 31 in Minsk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladimir Makei told journalists as quoted by BelTA news agency. 

    According to the Foreign Minister of Belarus, during the discussion devoted to the relations between Serbia and Kosovo, representatives of both sides frequently used the words “dialogue” and “compromise”.

    “Even this makes this meeting …

  • Russia condemns deployment of Kosovo’s Special Forces to Serbian border

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Kosovo’s “demonstrative invasion” to the north the region inhabited by Serbs as provocation. The purpose of this provocation is “to intimidate Kosovo Serbs and exert pressure on Serbia”, said Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Zakharova said that Russia condemns “the passive behavior of the International Forces for Kosovo (KFOR), which have not taken any action”. She noted that these forces must ensure …

  • Serbian President intends to discuss situation in Kosovo with Putin on October 2

    At a press conference, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said that he plans to discuss the situation in Kosovo at the coming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and ask for his support.  

    "Today, we have notified the ambassador of the Russian Federation, as well as the US ambassador and others of the situation. In two days, I will be meeting with President Putin. We will be speaking about important issues for Serbia, therefore the situation in Kosovo and Metohija will definitely be …

  • Serbia shuts down Russian 'military patriotic' youth camp

    Police in Serbia stopped the activities of the “military and patriotic youth camps that was create by Russian and Serbian ‘patriotic’ veteran organizations,” reported Blic news outlet.  “The camp on Zlatibor no longer exists,” Serbian Minister of Interior Nebojša Stefanović stated. 

    The Minister said that he ordered the camp eliminated because of public concern and possible child abuse. He added that the Serbian authorities were in the final stages of dismantling the camp.

    The camp’s closure …

  • NATO forces withdraw from Kosovo border with Serbia

    NATO military personnel from the International Peacekeeping Force in Kosovo (KFOR) left the Gazivoda Lake reservoir on the border with Serbia on Sunday, August 5, where they were stationed for over thirteen hours.

    According to local media, there are no more vehicles and NATO soldiers on the access roads to the reservoir and hydroelectric power station. They resumed patrolling the main road in Zubin Potok and the northern part of Kosovo.

    KFOR explained to reporters that regular exercises were …

  • Media: NATO forces deployed to the North of Kosovo

    NATO is concerned about media reports that a Kosovar military action is being prepared in the North of the Republic in order to gain military control over territory populated mainly by Serbians.

    According to the newspaper Večernje Novosti, due to the risk of the situation spiraling out of control, units from the NATO International mission in Kosovo and Kosovo Forces (KFOR) were deployed to the North of Kosovo in Mađunsko village in the Vučitrn municipality, between Priština and Kosovska …

  • Media: Trump and Putin have reached an agreement on partition of Kosovo

    In a summit in Helsinki, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached an agreement on a possible partition of the breakaway state of Kosovo, reports Gazeta Ekspres, citing diplomatic sources.

    According to these sources, the Trump administration has agreed that Kosovo should cede territory, particularly in the northern regions, to Serbia in exchange for recognition.

    “It is clear that the Trump administration is of one mind with Russia when it comes to the partition of …