Russia warns: compromise or veto on Kosovo status decision.

Russian ambassador to Serbia Aleksandar Alekseyev told Belgrade's Radio B92 that Russia is set to use its veto right at the UN Security Council should a Kosovo status solution fail to be acceptable for both Belgrade and Pristina.

He also said it was na´ve to reach a conclusion that the Kosovo negotiations are a failure, "after only one meeting that lasted two hours".

"I must say we are strictly adhering to our position regarding the solution of the Kosovo status issue. In case the status solution is not acceptable for both sides, for Belgrade and Pristina, Russia will exercise its veto rights", Alekseyev said.

"I must stress that the Kosovo problem must be solved in line with the international law, with the principles of European security, and the UN Security Council resolution 1244. And Kosovo temporary institutions prime minister Agim Ceku was briefed about this position in detail during his recent visit to Moscow", the Russian ambassador said.

[Source: MakFax, Macedonia, 04Dec06]

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