Kosovo President Accuses Russia of Destabilisation in Balkans
Kosovo's President stated that Russia was using its traditional ally Serbia to cause insecurity in the Balkan region.
Kosovo's president accused Kremlin on Thursday of using its traditional ally Serbia to "destabilise" the Balkans, as Moscow faces off against the West in the Ukraine crisis.
Russia, which has long backed Serbia in its disagreements with the West, does not recognise Kosovo as an independent state and has blocked it joining the United Nations.
Ethnic Albanian-majority Kosovo declared independence from Belgrade in 2008.
Today Kosovo, the region but also the whole globe is facing dangers caused by the aggressive course of Russia, President Vjosa Osmani told parliament in a speech to mark the 14th anniversary of her country's independence.
Mr. Arber Vllahiu, an independent political analyst, drew a parallel between Moscow's stance on Ukraine and the Balkans.
Russia has a big interest not only in stopping Ukraine from joining NATO but also in preventing the western Balkans, including Kosovo, from joining the EU and NATO, said Vllahiu, a former ambassador of Kosovo to the Czech Republic.