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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080217/ap_on_re_eu/russia_kosovo Russia denounces Kosovo independence bid 16 minutes ago MOSCOW - Russia denounced Kosovo s
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      Russia denounces Kosovo independence bid

      16 minutes ago

      MOSCOW - Russia denounced Kosovo's declaration of
      independence from its ally Serbia on Sunday and called
      for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

      Kosovo's parliament approved a declaration of
      independence from Serbia, backed by the U.S. and
      European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and
      Russia.

      The Foreign Ministry said Russia supports Serbia's
      "just demands to restore the country's territorial
      integrity" and wants the Security Council to renew
      efforts to reach a settlement on the issue of Kosovo's
      status.

      Kosovo's independence declaration violates Serbia's
      sovereignty and the U.N. Charter and threatens "the
      escalation of tension and ethnic violence in the
      region, a new conflict in the Balkans," the ministry
      said in a statement. It warned other nations against
      "supporting separatism" by recognizing Kosovo.

      Kosovo has formally remained a part of Serbia even
      though it has been administered by the U.N. and NATO
      since 1999, when NATO airstrikes ended former Yugoslav
      leader Slobodan Milosevic's crackdown on ethnic
      Albanian separatists.

      Russia has stressed its opposition to any decision on
      Kosovo's status that is not accepted by Serbia. It has
      warned that recognition of Kosovo by the United States
      and other nations would encourage separatists in the
      former Soviet Union, across Europe and around the
      world.

      Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov echoed the ministry
      statement in comments on state-run Vesti-24
      television. He called Kosovo's declaration an
      "illegitimate act" and said Russia supports what he
      called Serbia's pledges to struggle in a constructive
      way to keep its borders intact.

      "All possible international mechanisms, first of all
      the United Nations and its Security Council" would be
      called upon to address the issue," Peskov said.

      He said Russia would closely monitor the response of
      other countries to the declaration.
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