March 13, 2007 -- Russia says it is too soon for the UN Security Council to consider a plan to grant Kosovo limited independence.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said today that further talks between Serbian and ethnic-Albanian officials are needed before the Security Council can consider the plan.
Internationally mediated negotiations between Belgrade and Kosovo's ethnic-Albanian leaders ended March 10 without an agreement.
President Putin at a Kremlin meeting in April (epa)
PUTIN SPEAKS OUT: During a January press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there is a need for "universal principles" to settle "frozen" conflicts in the CIS. His comments came against the background of impending talks on the future status of Kosovo, which many predict will grant it a form of "conditional independence" from Serbia and Montenegro. As an ally of Serbia, Moscow has consistently opposed the idea of Kosovar independence. Putin's remarks suggest he may be shifting his position, but only if the principles applied to Kosovo are also applied to frozen conflicts in the former Soviet Union. If Kosovo can be granted full independence, he asked, why should we deny the same to Abkhazia and South Ossetia? (more)