January 15, 2007 -- The EU's foreign policy chief says the 27-nation bloc will increase its engagement in Kosovo following an upcoming decision on the territory's future status.
Javier Solana was speaking after talks in Brussels with Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu, who said he wanted an "independent Kosovo integrated in European structures."
The Serbian province has been run by the UN since 1999, after a NATO bombing campaign ended a crackdown by Belgrade on separatist rebels.
The Kremlin Looks At Kosovo...And Beyond
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) greets Serbian President Boris Tadic in the Kremlin in November 2005 (TASS)
WILL THE KREMLIN BACK INDEPENDENCE? As the drive for independence grows in the Serbian province of Kosovo, the international community is speculating on how Russia, a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, will act. On September 22, Nicholas Whyte, director of the International Crisis Group's Europe Program, gave a briefing on the subject at RFE/RL's Washington, D.C., office. He speculated on what the Kremlin's "price" might be for agreeing to Kosovo's separation from Serbia.