Russia Will Continue To Side With Serbia
While the trip was to talk about the economy, the visit by who looks to be Russia’s next president looks to be an indication of support, according to BBC. Peaceful and violent protests were ignited last week after Kosovo which is mostly ethnic-Albanian had declared its independence from Serbia.
NATO remains to provide security. As a result of the protests, NATO peacekeepers had to seal off the northern borders of Kosovo. The United Nations Security Council and European Union (EU) remains split over the issue of Kosovo.
“We proceed from the assumption that Serbia is a united country, whose jurisdiction covers the whole of its territory, and we shall stick to this principled stand,” Medvedev had said while meeting with Serbia’s PM Vojislav Kostunica.
During this visit, it was reported by the Russian news agency called Interfax that the Russian gas company Gazprom and the Serbian state enterprise Serbiagas had signed a deal of a gas pipeline.
On a side note, while serving as First Deputy PM, Medvedev also serves as the chairman of Gazprom.
Russia has expressed concerns that Kosovo’s independence could give a signal to Georgia’s breakaway states.
The United States, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Turkey have supported Kosovo’s independence. As a result, Serbia has withdrawn all envoys from those countries. Recently, the US embassy in Belgrade was attacked as well.
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