Russia welcomes decisions made by some countries to revoke their recognition of Kosovo, because any steps must be based on the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1244, which asserts Serbia’s sovereignty over this territory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday after talks with Comorian Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Amine Souef.
"We welcome the Comoros’s decision (to revoke the recognition of Kosovo - TASS). The fact that some countries revise their stance on the recognition of Kosovo and revoke it or refrain from making a decision in favor of such recognition is a manifestation of responsibility and reliance on international law," Lavrov said.
"Russia will keep pressing for the implementation of decisions made by the UN Security Council: Resolution 1244, which asserts Serbia’s sovereignty over this territory. Any further steps for settling the current situation, which is obviously an abnormal one, should be made on the basis of resolution 1244, of course," he said.
Lavrov recalled that Moscow strongly welcomed the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in recent years over mutually acceptable solutions and supported the European Union’s role of a mediator.
"Obviously, the EU’s efforts have ended in failure, because Pristina has refused to comply with all interim agreements achieved. In particular, this concerns the need for creating a council of Serbian municipalities in Kosovo and Pristina’s intention to form its own armed forces, which would be a crude violation of Resolution 1244. Obviously, Pristina is being pushed along these lines from outside, in particular, by the United States," Lavrov said.
Comorian Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Amine Souef said she Comoros consider Kosovo to be part of Serbia.
"Our view is that Kosovo is part of Serbia. We have a similar problem. If Mayotte (a disputed island between the Comoros and France - TASS) declares independence tomorrow and other states recognize it, we will act just like Serbia to restore our territorial integrity," the top diplomat told a news conference after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
"Geography, history and crucial UN resolutions are vital for us," he emphasized. "When we speak about conformance with international law, this fits right in with the Kosovo issue. International rules should be applicable and respected. We are carefully watching the development of the situation."
On October 7, Serbian Foreign Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic, said that the Comoro Islands had annulled their letter of recognition of Kosovo. Hence, the Comoros have become the 10th country to have revoked its recognition of Kosovo’s independence, he pointed out.