Pristina's moves "result of nervousness and dead-end"

Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Chepurin says Pristina's tax on import of goods from Serbia is a farce whose consequences "could be many."

Source: Tanjug
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He believes that such decisions made by Pristina are a consequence of nervousness and a feeling of being at a dead-end, as more and more countries are withdrawing their recognition of Kosovo.

"Now there are already 11 countries that have withdrawn their recognition of Kosovo. That's already a trend, that is unnerving Pristina," said Chepurin.

They expected, the ambassador continued, to join Interpol, but instead suffered a disaster there, and hence the nervousness of Pristina.

Chepurin, who on Tuesday met with President Vucic, recalled "the strange practice of Pristina that has been observed lately, and that is 'the hallway diplomacy'."

But Pristina did not pioneer this approach, he continued, as dozens of other unrecognized territories have also tried "to chase people down corridors, but later, when they realized it was not dignified and normal, stopped with such attempts."

In resolving the Kosovo issue, the main negotiator is neither the EU nor Russia, but without any doubt Serbia, because without Serbia there is no solution to this problem, said Chepurin.

"Many countries have a similar problem and are afraid of such a problem. That's why Serbia should have intense conversations with them. Serbia has a good reputation," said Chepurin.

He added that Russia's position on the issue of Kosovo is not changing, that his country - which does not recognize Kosovo as independent - adheres to certain principles and UN Security Council Resolution 1244, "which more and more countries are now saying is the right framework for resolving the Kosovo issue."

The essence of this Resolution, the ambassador said, is that it supports the territorial integrity of Serbia, which is the real framework for regulating the Kosovo issue.

"Russia's position has continuity: we supported, we support, and we will support Serbia," Chepurin concluded.

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