Kosovo imposes sanctions, Russians amused
Source: Ria novosti, Tanjug
MOSCOW -- Kosovo joining sanctions imposed against Russia "can only cause a smile," the head of the Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, Aleksei Pushkov, has said.
His fellow Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky noted that the decision announced in Priština on Wednesday was not surprising, considering that Kosovo is completely dependent on the West.
"Bearing that in mind, there is nothing paradoxical in their orientation towards slandering Russia and anti-Russian interpretations of the events in Ukraine," he told RIA Novosit.
Outgoing Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci announced that the decision would be in place "until the circumstances change."
Albanian-language media are reporting that the foreign minister in the government in Priština, Enver Hoxhaj, said that sanctions were introduced "because of the events in Ukraine, and because of international obligations."
"Kosovo's sanctions against us can only cause a smile. Obviously, they decided to remind of their existence in this way," Pushkov wrote on his Twitter account.
Kosovo is Serbia's southern province where ethnic Albanians in 2008 unilaterally declared independence. Serbia has rejected the proclamation as illegal, and Russia does not recognize the territory as independent.
Moscow operates a diplomatic office in Kosovo as part of its embassy in Belgrade, RIA Novosti noted in its report.
Thursday 18.09.2014 | 09:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgrade and Priština working groups agreed to expand the freedom of movement agreement to Belgrade's Nikola Tesla airport and a number of border crossings.
Wednesday 17.09.2014 | 14:41 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
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Wednesday 17.09.2014 | 12:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Working groups of Belgrade and Priština late on Tuesday reached an agreement on free movement that relates to Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport.
Wednesday 17.09.2014 | 11:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The police in Kosovo on Wednesday morning arrested 15 persons suspected of involvement in terrorism, among them the imam of the Grand Mosque in Priština.
Friday 12.09.2014 | 16:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić met on Friday with UN Secretary General Representative and Head of the UN Office in Belgrade Peter Due.
Friday 12.09.2014 | 13:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (36) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The government in Priština led by outgoing Prime Minister Hashim Thaci "plans to introduce sanctions against Russia," according to media reports.
Thursday 11.09.2014 | 14:04 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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Thursday 11.09.2014 | 12:00 | Source: Danas | Comments: (4) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- A member of the Self-Determination Movement, a party led by Albin Kurti, will in he future represent Priština in the technical dialogue with Belgrade.
Wednesday 10.09.2014 | 16:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
ZUBIN POTOK -- Kosovo Office Director Marko Đurić says Serbia's national interest in Kosovo and in other places in Serbia is "best protected through production."
Monday 8.09.2014 | 11:37 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Office for Kosovo Director Marko Đurić said the Sept. 5 consultations with EU representatives on Chapter 35, including the issue of Kosovo, were "successful."
Friday 5.09.2014 | 17:28 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić has said that Belgrade and Priština are not conducting negotiations on a recognition of Kosovo and Metohija.
Friday 5.09.2014 | 14:04 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Chinese government stands by its position that it will not recognize Kosovo, Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang has said.
Friday 5.09.2014 | 10:31 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The administrative crossings into Kosovo will remain unchanged and there will be no barrier gates, state symbols or changes to the existing crossing regime.
Friday 5.09.2014 | 09:47 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The government's office for media relations has announced that Serbia would not sign any interstate agreement with Priština.