Russia and Serbia agree on Kosovo settlement
The global community's attempts to reach a settlement on Kosovo's status may only aggravate the situation, Head of State Duma Committee for foreign affairs Konstantin Kosachev stated in his meeting with head of the Serbian government's coordination center for Kosovo and Metohija. During the meeting held in the State Duma, Kosachev noted that Russia and Serbia never disagreed in matters of principle; moreover, Russia's position coincides with that of Serbia's leadership. The State Duma official believes that it is premature to settle on Kosovo's status. He also considers that no decisions on Kosovo can be taken bypassing Serbian leadership.
Kosovo has been under UN protection since a war broke out between the Serbian army and Albanian separatists in 1998-1999. In early March this year, representatives from Belgrade and Pristina, Kosovo's administrative center, held a first round of negotiations on the region's future. The talks are set to continue on March 17.