Lavrov: ‘Greater Albania’ and Slovenian PM’s statements harmful provocations

Source: Sergej Lavrov (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS)

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa’s statement that the break up of Yugoslavia is not over yet and the idea of Greater Albania are unacceptable and very harmful, provocations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a Friday press conference in Russia, after a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selakovic.

Dismissing the idea of redrawing of new borders in the former Yugoslavia territory, Lavrov said that the “Greater Albania,” as a form of a solution to the Kosovo issue, was unacceptable. He also called Janez Jansa’s statement that the breakup of Yugoslavia was not over, unacceptable and very harmful provocations.

“Talks of Greater Albania are nothing new. We’ve always called on our EU and NATO partners to dismiss such plans and not allow the spread of such rhetoric,” the Russian Foreign Minister said. “It’s a very dangerous game. The UN Resolution 1244 still exists and it has never been repealed. The responsible politicians, especially the heads of governments of European countries, have no right presenting ideas that undermine the very concept set out in Resolution 1244.”

He recalled that the Resolution respects Serbia’s sovereignty and that the status of Kosovo should be found in the negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina. “As President Putin said, we will support any solution that suits Serbia,” Lavrov said.

Serbia will not impose sanctions against friendly Russia

When asked whether Washington is pressuring Serbia to join the sanctions against Russia, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said that “there is always pressure” but that Serbia’s position has not changed. Serbia “will never impose sanctions on Russia.”

“Russia is our strategic friend who’s constantly supported us,” Selakovic added before finishing his two-day visit to Russia.