Date: 19 Feb 2008
Kosovo independence "dangerous" says Russia
Serbia has withdrawn its ambassadors from Washington and other major
capitals in protest at recognition of Kosovo's independence. Serb
Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica threatened other countries with
similar measures if they do the same. Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov said that Kosovo's independence bid was "unacceptable"
and "dangerous," in an official statement. However, speaking from
Africa, US President George W. Bush said that despite disagreements
with Serbia and Russia, Kosovo's independence was a correct move.
The European Union has failed to act as one in recognising Kosovo.
The United Kingdom and France announced they would formalise ties
with Pristina, while Spain and Romania oppose the secession, fearing
it could set a precedent.
EU's Solana in Kosovo for talks
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has arrived in Kosovo becoming
the first leading international figure to visit since it proclaimed
independence from Serbia. Solana, the European Union's high
representative for foreign and security policy, immediately made his
way into Kosovo's capital Pristina for talks with Prime Minister
Hashim Thaci. Solana's spokeswoman in Brussels said the visit is "a
clear message of Europe's engagement" in the new state. As Solana
headed to Pristina, groups of angry Serbs set fire to two crossing
points on the Kosovo-Serbia border, prompting the first intervention
by NATO peacekeepers since the independence declaration.
feb 19, 2008.