Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

Russia blasts Kosovo over national policy

Published time: November 01, 2011 13:08
Edited time: November 01, 2011 17:40
Portuguese NATO-led peacekeepers (KFOR) patrol at the entrance of the village of Zupce in Serb-majority northern Kosovo (AFP Photo / ALEXA STANKOVIC)

Portuguese NATO-led peacekeepers (KFOR) patrol at the entrance of the village of Zupce in Serb-majority northern Kosovo (AFP Photo / ALEXA STANKOVIC)

The provocative actions of the authorities in the North of Kosovo lead to a deterioration of the Human Rights situation, especially for Serbs and other non-Albanians, a top Russian diplomat has said.

The plenipotentiary of the Russian Foreign Ministry for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Konstantin Dolgov, told reporters on Tuesday that the Kosovo authorities’ actions were not improving the already difficult situation in the region.

“We insist on a large-scale investigation of all blatant violations of Human Rights in Kosovo including the facts of illegal trade in human organs that were covered in the report by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,” the Russian official said.

Dolgov also added that intimidation of Serbs and other non-Albanians, such as Boshniaks and Gypsies, but the situation with Serbs is the most dangerous as they now have to live is isolated enclaves resembling ghettoes.

The diplomat noted that the Russian view is shared by other nations and leading NGOs such as Human Rights Watch. 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has earlier said that the stabilization in the Balkans was impossible without an objective investigation into crimes relating to the illegal trade in human organs in Kosovo.

"It is  difficult to  expect reconciliation  in Kosovo or overall normalization in the Balkans without an in-depth and impartial investigation into crimes involving illegal trade in human bodies in Kosovo and punishment of the culprits, regardless of their high positions," Lavrov said in an interview with the Serb newspaper Vecernje Novosti. "We intend to continue promoting appropriate initiatives and closely following the modern and unconditional implementation of the decisions being made," Lavrov said.

Speaking about the situation in Kosovo, Russia’s top diplomat said it should be resolved in line with Resolution 1244 of the UN Security Council. "Any attempt to go around this resolution is a major violation of international law and would lead to the destabilization of the situation in the Balkans," the Russian minister said.

The Russian comments came after a fresh wave of tensions hit Kosovo earlier this month. KFOR soldiers attempted to remove the barricades built by Kosovo Serbs near two border posts separating Kosovo and Serbia. The border posts appeared in September this year and the policies of Albanian law enforcers caused outrage among mostly Serbian local population. The removal of the barricades sparked a riot in which eight KFOR soldiers and 25 civilians were wounded.

Russia has criticized NATO for provoking the Serbs in Kosovo. “When NATO suddenly starts dismantling barricades between the Kosovo and Serb sides, when NATO vehicles filled with Kosovo-Albanian policemen start cruising the streets with the clear aim of severing the last remaining communication channels between Serbia and Kosovo Serbs, then it becomes clear that NATO is exceeding its mandate. No one is going to like that,” Russia’s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin said as the riots began.

The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally announced its independence from Serbia in 2008. Russia and over 100 other UN member-states refuse to recognize Kosovo’s independence. This would mean changes in European borders as it violates the principle of unchanging state borders in Europe. Besides which, the authorities of the Kosovo Republic, comprised of warlords who fought with Serbian forces during the civil war, are accused of numerous human rights violations and crimes, including the trafficking of human organs.

Comments (2)

 

Matthew Whelan 06.04.2014 04:03

Its hilarious how NATO recognizes Kosovo's independence but not the people of Crimea's, because if Ukraine were to join the EU NATO expands its borders yet again, exactly why they supported Kosovo, not to mention they sucked the region dry of its natural resources by welcoming in American mining companies to eat the gold away, Kosovo is the birthplace of Serbia, and now it is sadly in the hands of Albanians.

 

Бојан Даковић 05.04.2014 06:33

Resolution 1244 needs to be taken into account. NATO is making mess in the Balkans. Go home uncle Sam and spread your seed of death there. I demand justice and will push for it, even if it requires my life.

Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us