The Kremlin will monitor the impact of charges of the head of the Kosovo negotiations
The Kremlin is watching to see how the prosecution of self-proclaimed head of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, of war crimes will affect the negotiation process, reported the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
"We're watching, how could this have happened. While we know that following this decision, the Kosovar stated refusal to go anywhere and participate in any offsite meetings. So now we are very closely watching the development of events," said Sands, answering the question as it relates to the allegations of Thaci's war crimes, and how this may affect the negotiation process.
Self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti said Thursday that he refused to participate in talks with the Serbian leadership in the United States on June 27. The President of the breakaway Republic, Hashim Thaci, has cancelled his visit to Washington after allegations a Special Prosecutor of international court for crimes in Kosovo (SPO) in the Hague of committing war crimes in 1998-1999. It was expected that the meeting will take place in Washington between the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo "Prime Minister" of Hoti.
In 1999, armed confrontation between the Albanian separatists of the Kosovo Liberation army and the army and police of Serbia led to the bombing of Yugoslavia (then consisting of Serbia and Montenegro) NATO forces. Kosovo Albanian structures in Pristina on 17 February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed Republic does not recognize Serbia, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and several other States.
The leadership of Serbia under the pressure of Brussels and the region of convergence with the European Union, as well as for the sake of ease of life in the region, Serbian citizens in 2011 was forced to start negotiations on the normalization of relations with Kosovo Albanians with the mediation of the EU. However, after the introduction in November 2018, the authorities in Pristina of trade taxes in the amount of 100% of goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the dialogue was suspended.