The negotiation process, as a way to resolve the conflict, always has a future, and if the two sides cannot agree, a third should be attracted – in the case of a dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, Russia could potentially become such a party, said Alexei Chepa, deputy chairman of the State Duma’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Earlier in the parliamentary elections in Kosovo, the radical Self-Determination party, its leader Albin Kurti, won, is considered the probable future prime minister of the self-proclaimed republic. In the Serbian government, their victory was called a threat to the security of the entire Balkan region. As German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted, the process of rapprochement between Belgrade and Pristina, initiated by the FRG and France, was interrupted, it should be returned after the elections in Kosovo.
“Negotiations always have a future, dialogue is always necessary, and only through dialogue can these issues be resolved. If bilateral dialogues fail, then other negotiators must be involved to help get around the sharp corners. Russia can become such a potential negotiator,” Chepa said RIA Novosti, answering a question about the possible role of the Russian Federation in the negotiation process between Belgrade and Pristina.
The parliamentarian also suggested that at a recent meeting between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Serbian President Alexander Vucic, the topic of elections in Kosovo and the possibility of resuming dialogue between the two countries could be raised, Belgrade may even have turned to Moscow for support.
“Given the current alignment of forces, Russia can undoubtedly have a certain impact on the support of our Orthodox brothers,” the deputy added.
Serbia’s leadership, under pressure from Brussels and to bring the region closer to the European Union, as well as to make life easier in the region, Serb citizens in 2011 was forced to start negotiations on normalizing relations with Kosovo Albanians through EU mediation. The dialogue is currently paused.
In 1999, the armed confrontation of Albanian separatists from the Liberation Army of Kosovo and the army and police of Serbia led to the bombing of Yugoslavia (at that time consisting of Serbia and Montenegro) by NATO forces. In March 2004, Kosovo Albanians staged pogroms, which led to the mass resettlement of Serbs from the region and the destruction of numerous monuments of their history and culture. On February 17, 2008, the Kosovo-Albanian structures in Pristina unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed republic is not recognized by Serbia, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and a number of other states.