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Russia against any redrawing of borders in Europe - Lavrov

January 29, 2013, 14:07 UTC+3
he Macedonian foreign minister assured that Skopje “did not support nationalism and redrawing of borders”
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MOSCOW, January 29 (Itar-Tass) – Russia opposes any redrawing of borders in Europe, in particular, in the Balkans, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the talks with his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki on Tuesday.

“We are against redrawing borders in Europe,” he said. “Everybody should comply with the principles of the Helsinki Charter. This also concerns the situation in the Balkans.”

Lavrov recalled that much blood was shed in the Balkans. “Nobody wants to see recurrence of such scenarios.”

“The Russian side is disappointed with how western partners react to the acts of vandalism in relation to Serbian monuments in Kosovo,” the diplomat said. “This is a dangerous trend.”

The Macedonian foreign minister assured that Skopje “did not support nationalism and redrawing of borders.”

“Such activities will not lead to stability in the region,” Poposki said. Macedonia “sets a good example of peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Christians, representatives of different nations.”

“The Balkan states are small and their interest is to seek integration and transparency,” the Macedonian minister said.

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