The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergei Lavrov, in an interview for the Bosnian newspaper “Oslobodenje”, also spoke about the work of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. The Russian Foreign Minister said that Moscow’s position on this issue is known, while adding that the agreement should satisfy both parties and the same should be approved by the Security Council.
Lavrov mentioned Russia’s desire for good relations with Skopje and Tirana.
“I spoke about the prospects of the state in relation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, answering the previous question. Serbia is a key partner for Russia in the Balkans, and we value it as a strategic partnership with Belgrade and we are making efforts to expand our ties. Our relations with Croatia, a member not only of the EU but also of NATO , are a clear example that mutually beneficial relationships can be successful if there is mutual aspiration. We are interested in promoting a positive agenda with Northern Macedonia and Albania as well,” Lavrorv told Oslobodenje.
However, Lavrov stressed that he can not say the same for the Republic of Kosovo. According to him, the Russian position is well known and that Moscow is for an agreement between the parties based on Security Council Resolution 1244, an agreement that for Lavrov should finally get the green light of the Security Council.
“On the issue of Kosovo – for obvious reasons we should not put it in the same basket – the Russian position is well known. We are committed to reaching a lasting and mutually acceptable solution between Belgrade and Pristina on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 1244. It must be approved by the Security Council, because it is a matter of ensuring international peace,” Lavrov said.