Lavrov: EU efforts for Kosovo have failed

Lavrov: EU efforts for Kosovo have failed
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes the EU's efforts to resolve the Kosovo issue have failed. "It is obvious that EU efforts have failed because Pristina has refused to implement all the agreements reached so far", Lavrov said after his meeting in Moscow with his counterpart of the Union of Comoros, Suef Mohamed El-Amin. Comoros canceled its Kosovo recognition decision two days ago.

Lavrov said that responsibility for the failure of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is borne solely by Kosovo's political leadership because - as he said - it is refusing to proceed with the constitution of the Union of Serbian Municipalities (SZO), which was its obligation. The Russian Foreign Ministry also referred to the formation of Kosovo armed forces, criticizing the efforts made in this direction. "Pristina's efforts to set up their own army are a flagrant violation of the 1244 United Nations Security Council Resolution of 1999", Lavrov said. He noted that Russia will continue to act with resolution 1244 as its sole guide, which explicitly states that Kosovo is an integral part of Serbia.

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