Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The quasi-state of Kosovo is the main source of instability in the Balkans

05.05.2017, Russia.

Former Kosvar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj’s verbal attacks against the Serbian political leadership prove that the quasi-state of Kosovo is the main factor of instability in the Balkans, the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated on 3 May on its official website.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that such statements by the Kosovar politician, referring to what Mr. Haradinaj said after France refused his extradition to Serbia, are absolutely unacceptable.  Meanwhile, there is still no adequate response to his words from either Washington or the EU, says the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Is it because our Western partners consider this normal? Is this acceptable in modern Europe? Do Brussels and Washington support what Mr. Haradinaj had to say? Or are they just unable to talk sense into their underling? ,” commented the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This episode goes to show that the Kosovo quasi-state is the main source of regional instability, and the indiscriminate connivance of Greater Albania aspirations leads to heightened interethnic tensions and a greater potential for conflict in the Balkans,” the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reported.

Moscow fully agrees with the line chosen by the Serbian leadership. Haradinaj’s behavior was expected, says The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after the decision was made by the French court to deny Belgrade extradition of the former Kosovar politician.

Haradinaj is one of the former Albanian field commanders from Kosovo (Kosovo Liberation Army), who was on the international wanted list at Belgrade’s request, and he was taken into custody on January 4, 2017.  Serbia had sent a request to Interpol, accusing the Kosovar militant of war crimes, such as torture and the massacre of Serbs, Roma and Albanians loyal to Serbia during military operations in Kosovo in 1998-1999.

Haradinaj was detained in France on the border with Switzerland. He was then released a few days later and put under house arrest.  Kalmar’s Court of Appeals (France) decided not to extradite Haradinaj to Belgrade, on April 27, 2017.  The French court ruled that an Albanian in Serbia will be judged unfairly, as explained by the defense.

After the court proceedings in Kalmar ended, Haradinaj said that he’s expected to return to Kosovo since he is a “free man” now.  While already in the city of Pristina in Kosovo, Haradinaj said that the neighboring Serbia is the main enemy of Kosovo, on April 30.  He promised “to show Belgrade its place, as Croatia did”. Haradinaj called the Serbs the criminals and promised to remind them of everything they did.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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