BELGRADE, August 13. /TASS/. Russia’s position on the unrecognized republic of Kosovo is transparent, consistent and unchangeable, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Monday.
"Consistency is a rare thing in the present-day world. But Russia’s position and its foreign policy in general pursues a course towards consistency and continuity," she said in an interview with Serbia’s national television.
"As for Kosovo, our position does not depend on the situation. Its is clear and transparent and is based on several elements. First, it is the frame of international law: the United Nations Security Council resolution is still in effect, and those countries that are picturing themselves as the most ardent advocates of international law must keep in mind that resolution 1244 is on the table; second, it is respect to Serbia’s sovereignty and to its domestic laws; third, it is understanding of the national interests of Serbia and its people. These three components constitute the basis for our position and you can be sure it will never be changed," she pledged.
According to Zakharova, allegations that the Kosovo topic was discussed by Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at their recent summit in Helsinki are nothing but "fake news" seeking to "hurt Serbians" and "drive a wedge between Serbians and Russians."
At the same time, she stressed once again that Serbia’s decision concerning Kosovo will be "taken with respect" by Russia. "The question is what will be better for the Serbian people," she added.
Serbia’s Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija unilaterally proclaimed independence in February 2008, which was recognized by the United Nations Court of Justice in 2010. By now, according to Belgrade, Kosovo has been recognized by 105 world nations, while Pristina says there are 117 such countries. More than 60 countries, including Russia, China, India, Israel, Greece and Spain, are categorically against recognizing Kosovo’s independence. Serbian President Aleksanadar Vucic said earlier a referendum on that matter is needed to ask people whether they agree on a consensus on Kosovo that could be finally reached.