Russian FM dismisses possibility of changing the former Yugoslavia’s borders

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Russia may also bar the Lithuanian embassy in Moscow from hiring Russian nationals under a so-called list of unfriendly countries. [EPA-EFE/ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO]

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the possibility of changing the former Yugoslavia’s borders.

At a joint press conference in Moscow with his Serbian counterpart, Nikola Selaković, Lavrov described as “unacceptable, very harmful and provocative” the idea of a Greater Albania as a solution to the Kosovo question, as well as the idea that the breakdown of Yugoslavia was not over.

“This is a very dangerous game. No one has revoked the [UN Security Council’s] Resolution 1244, and no credible politician, nor the head of government in Europe should for that matter, feel entitled to promote ideas that undermine the concept laid down in the Resolution,” Lavrov said.

The Russian foreign minister said that the UN Resolution honoured the sovereignty of Serbia and that Kosovo’s status should be determined in negotiations between Belgrade and Priština. “As President Putin has said, we will support any solution that suits Serbia,” Lavrov added.

Asked if Washington had put Serbia under pressure to join international sanctions against Russia, Serbian Foreign Minister Selaković said that “pressure always exists,” but that Serbia’s position hadn’t changed and the country “will never introduce sanctions against Russia.” ( |

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