Russia: Solution to be based on compromise and Resolution 1244
Russian ambassador to Belgrade Alexandar Alekseyev told Itar-Tass that Moscow remains convinced the final Kosovo status solution must be based on a compromise acceptable to both sides, and the UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
Alekseyev added that Russia intends to “maintain its active role” in a search for the solution to Kosovo’s problem.
“As for the next step, we support constructive approach to the essence of the problem, without artificial deadlines”, the Russian ambassador said.
“Ahtisaari’s proposal practically offers Kosovo an independent state status and will as such hardly contribute to the solution of the problem in the Balkans”, Russian deputy Duma foreign policy committee chairman Leonid Slutsky said.
“Moscow cannot accept a unilateral approach to the Balkans. Belgrade’s opinion must be sought while reaching a compromise”, Slutsky told Itar-Tass.
He described Ahtisaari’s document as “far from ideal”, adding that imposed solutions to the problem were “wrong and dangerous”.