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Russia Denounces Kosovo’s Independence

From a conflicted Associated Press:

One of the demonstrators in an Uncle Sam hat uses an electric cutter to open a crate representing Pandora’s Box, a reference to U.S. support for Kosovo’s statehood, during a protest against the U.N.-run province’s independence declaration, Moscow, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2007.

Russia denounces Kosovo declaration

By STEVE GUTTERMAN, Associated Press Writer

MOSCOW – Russia denounced Kosovo’s independence declaration Sunday and called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, warning that move threatened to ignite a new conflict in the Balkans.

The Foreign Ministry, lashing out within minutes of the declaration, said Russia supports Serbia’s “just demands to restore the country’s territorial integrity.” It said nations backing Kosovo’s claim were supporting separatism and would shake “the foundations of a world order that has developed over decades.”

Kosovo’s parliament approved the declaration of independence from Serbia, backed by the U.S. and European allies. Kosovo had formally remained a part of Serbia even though it has been administered by the U.N. and NATO since 1999, when NATO airstrikes ended former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic’s crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists.

Russia claimed the declaration violates the U.N. Charter ensuring the territorial integrity of member nations and threatens “the escalation of tension and ethnic violence in the region, a new conflict in the Balkans.”

The ministry called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, where Russia holds veto power as a permanent member…

Russia has stressed its opposition to any decision on Kosovo’s status that is not accepted by Serbia. It has warned that recognition of Kosovo by the United States and other nations would encourage separatists in the former Soviet Union, across Europe and around the world.

Underscoring Russia’s claim that Kosovo’s declaration violates an existing Security Council resolution on Kosovo, the ministry urged the U.N. mission and NATO forces there to carry out their mandate by “annulling the decisions of the Pristina government organs and taking severe administrative measures against them.”

Russia is widely expected to block recognition of Kosovo in the United Nations and continue backing traditional ally Serbia.

President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia would not “ape” the West, indicating it would not immediately recognize long-standing independence claims of pro-Russian separatist regions in ex-Soviet Georgia…

Putin has held out backing for Kosovo as a glaring example of double-standards and dangerous disregard for international law.

What a confused world this is.

It’s hard to know who to root for. The miserable ingrates of Russia who are once again our sworn enemies? Or the miserable ingrates of (Islamic) Kosovo will soon be our sworn enemies if they aren’t already?

But surely Mr. Putin is an expert on international law. Much like any Mafia don has an encyclopedic knowledge of the US code.

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