Russian deputy PM to visit Serbian capital

Medvedev, along with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, will meet with Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica to discuss "bilateral relations.

Russian deputy PM to visit Serbian capital
Medvedev, along with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, will meet with Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica to discuss "bilateral relations," Russian Embassy in Belgrade spokeswoman Aliona Kudriavceva said.

Kosovo would also be on the agenda of the meetings, she said, adding that the visit would "last around five hours."

Ethnic Albanian-majority Kosovo proclaimed independence from Serbia last Sunday and has been recognized by the United States and many Western countries.

But Russia has vehemently opposed the move and Western recognition of it, reflecting Moscow's historical ties with Belgrade, which continues to claim Kosovo as a Serbian province.

Until now, 18 countries -- including ten of the 27 European Union members -- have recognized Kosovo, and ten remain opposed, including Russia and Serbia as well as EU nations Spain, Romania and Cyprus.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Şubat 2008, 12:30
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