Russian ambassador discusses Kosovo with government officials


Russia’s Ambassador in Belgrade Alexander Bocan-Harchenko met with two Serbian government officials on Tuesday to discuss the security situation in Kosovo and the region.

Defense Minister Milos Vucevic and the ambassador discussed Kosovo with the minister thanking Russia for its support in preserving Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He is quoted as saying that Belgrade’s long-term strategic commitment is to remain militarily neutral. The meeting was attended by Russia’s new Defense Attache in Serbia Major General Andrei Kindyakov.

A separate press release said that the head of the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo Petar Petkovic discussed the problems facing the Serbs in Kosovo with the Ambassador. Petkovic is quoted as telling the ambassador that the Kosovo Serbs are “endangered daily by (Kosovo Prime Minister) Albin Kurti and his authorities in Pristina through their escalatory and other violent, unilateral steps” and adding that the Serbs are being banned from voting in the December 17 elections.

Neither press release quoted the Russian ambassador.