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The foreign Ministry supported the efforts of Serbia to Kosovo

Russia supports the efforts of Serbia to resolve the Kosovo problem, waiting for parties viable and mutually acceptable solution, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

"We support the efforts of the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic which are aimed at the peaceful settlement of the Kosovo problem, including in the framework of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina", Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

She noted that Russia proceeds from the fact that the European Union, which is endowed with the decision by the UN General Assembly a role of mediator in this process, will conscientiously perform their functions, ensuring the implementation of agreements already reached by parties.

"The Russian position on Kosovo remains unchanged, I would like to emphasize this. Advocate for the achievement of the Belgrade-Pristina viable and mutually acceptable solution based on the resolutions of the UN security Council 1244", - said Zakharov.

The tenth of July there was an online summit for the resumption of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on the initiative of France and Germany. It was reported that the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti expressed his willingness to resume negotiations on normalization of relations. In an interview with national TV of Serbia following the meeting Vucic said that the demands of Kosovo on videocamera was "meaningless".

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, and for the relief of the lives of Serbian citizens in Kosovo 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.