Zakharova said the charges against the President of Kosovo

The charges against the President of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci has demonstrated the failure of the Kosovo statehood, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

Previously on 24 June, the special Prosecutor of international court for crimes in Kosovo (SPO) in the Hague announced the charges against the President of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo of Hashim Thaci's war crimes in 1998-1999.

"The decisions have once again demonstrated the failure of the so-called Kosovo statehood. I would like to note that in heinous crimes the defendants are charged with, for many years head of the government institutions in Pristina. These criminal elements directly organized in 2008 the unilateral Declaration of Kosovo's independence, the illegitimacy of which is quite obvious and has international legal framework", - Zakharov said at a briefing on Thursday.

"We believe that all persons involved in the Commission of crimes must be brought to face justice and be punished, regardless of their positions," she said.

During 2018-2019, up to 200 former fighters of the Kosovo Albanian "Kosovo Liberation army" was called to testify in the war crimes cases in the Hague. Among them, the former field commander and former Premier Ramush Haradinaj, who, on 19 July 2019 resigned and then voluntarily went to the Hague, but used the right to remain silent, and then returned to Pristina.

In the Netherlands you have previously created a Special international court and the Special Prosecutor for crimes in Kosovo in 1998-1999, reported willingness to work in July 2017. The starting point of their action was the report of the special representative of the Council of Europe dick Marty in 2010, is devoted to crimes of the KLA. Among the most serious of cases - drug trafficking, kidnapping, trafficking in organs. Spectacular Jack Smith in late October of 2018 visited Pristina, but before any charges was not nominated.

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.