Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Russia Warns EU - No EULEX In Kosovo

16 April 2008 | 09:17 | Source: Tanjug

BRUSSELS -- Russia publicly warned the EU not to deploy its EULEX mission in Kosovo by force, Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said yesterday.

He emphasized that Russia would agree to a UN Security Council resolution legalizing EULEX if Serbia accepted such a document, and if it clearly defined Kosovo as a part of Serbia.

Chizhov said that the EU had no legal mandate to replace UNMIK in Kosovo, adding that any such steps would require Serbia’s approval.

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Javier Solana was well aware of Moscow's stand, the Russian diplomat said.

"We are now warning the EU not to take an erroneous step,” he told a press conference in Brussels.

"I’m using this opportunity to send a public warning against any attempt to send the EULEX mission to Kosovo, or to re-establish an international presence,” said Chizhov.

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