Russia Should Admit Independence of Kosovo: Russian expert

Politics Materials 5 February 2008 18:59 (UTC +04:00)

Russia, Moscow, 5 February / corr. Trend R. Agayev/ Kosovo will become independent in the near future and Russia will have to admit it. "Kosovo will become independent anyway and Russia will have to get used to these processes," Grigori Trofimchuk , the vice-president of the Center for the Strategic Modeling said.

" Russia will have to get used to the new situation, therefore there are no other mechanisms of response besides in oil and gas," Trofimchuk said to Trend on 5 February.

The European Union (EU) is prepared to send a mission to Kosovo and to take responsibility for the situation in the Autonomy, the new agency of Belgrade said quoting the interview of the European Commissioner Olly Ren . "We are ready to take up part of the responsibility in the establishment of the supremacy of law and to contribute to the international civil mission in Kosovo through the deployment of a civil mission," Ren was quoted as saying.

As to the mission, Trofimchuk said that the process will develop on its own regardless of any mission and its participants. "All these missions are a cover to legalize the process which is quite obvious without it. Kosovo will become independent in the near future. De jure or de facto, it is a separate issue, and not the main one. Russia will not be part of this process," he said.

"The participation of Russia in Serbia in one form or another will not affect the development of the process or the deployment of the civil mission of the EU in Kosovo," the expert said.

Kosovo is a province of Serbia which has been under United Nations administration since 1999 . While Serbia's sovereignty is recognized by the international community, in practice Serbian governance in the province is virtually non-existent. The province is governed by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) with the help of the local Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG), as well as security provided by the NATO -led Kosovo Force (KFOR).

The province is the subject of a long-running political dispute between the Serbian government and Kosovo's largely ethnic-Albanian population. International negotiations began in 2006 to determine the final status of Kosovo.