Russia opposes unilateral proclomation of Kosovo independence

MOSCOW (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Russia opposes strongly the unilateral proclamation of Kosovo’s independence.

“During today’s meeting we reiterated that Russia opposes strongly the unilateral proclamation of Kosovo’s independence,” Putin said, summing up the results of Friday talks with Serbian President Boris Tadic.

“It is fraught with serious damage for the whole system of international law, negative consequences for the Balkans and the whole world and for the stability in other regions,” Putin said.

“Russia’s position on this issue gains support among those politicians in Europe that despite the political pressure of the bloc’s discipline, primarily in NATO structures, show the political courage, display the independence of views, and in the best traditions of the political culture are seeking to spread the principles of democracy and justice in the international sphere,” Putin said.

“The PACE Resolution approved on January 22, 2008, is certainly the best evidence to this effect,” Putin said. The resolution “actually confirms that Russia’s position is fair on this question due to the appeals for talks between Pristina and Belgrade,” the Russian president said.

“The Serbian people can be confident that Russia is their true friend and reliable partner,” Putin said.