West behind Kosovo escalation – Russian envoy — Analysis
According to the Ambassador, tensions between Belgrade (and the separatist Kosovo) are beneficial for the US and EU.
The smoldering conflict between Serbia and the breakaway republic of Kosovo is beneficial for the West, Russia’s envoy in Belgrade Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko proclaimed on Tuesday.
Russian TV’s ambassador claimed that Pristina caused the recent conflict between Serbian and Kosovo. But, he maintained that the US and EU orchestrated the event, which was intended to provoke Serbia. “on its knees”Pressure it to support anti-Russian sanctions.
“In this case, the EU, just like it was in the case of Ukraine and in the case of anti-Russian sanctions, is following instructions from Washington, contrary to its own interests. Washington gains from the raging conflict. It benefits from keeping the situation on the brink of collapse,”Botsan-Kharchenko.
The Russian ambassador’s comments come after tensions flared over the weekend on the border between Serbia and its breakaway province, officially called the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija in the Serbian constitution, which received recognition by several Western powers in 2008.
Kosovo’s government planned to prohibit the use of Serbian issued ID papers and plates starting August 1. It was also planning to employ its police force in order to implement the ban. As Pristina prepared to execute the Pristina order, Serbs from the North of Kosovo set up roadblocks, and alarm bells rang as the heavily-armed Special Police took control at two crossings administratively with Serbia.
Washington called for the temporary solution to the crisis after Washington requested that the officials of Kosovo postpone implementation of the controversial law through September 1. Pristina accepted the condition that Serbia removed barricades from its de facto border.
Aleksandar Vucic (Serbian President) stated that he hopes tensions will ease, and that Belgrade would do all it can to keep the peace through negotiations.
NATO took over Kosovo after an air battle of 78 days against Yugoslavia. With Western support, the province declared its independence in 2008. Although the US and its most important allies recognize it, Serbia and Russia as well as China, China, and other UN countries generally have not.
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