Putin: Don't impose solutions

Russia will oppose any Kosovo status solution unacceptable to either side, president Vladimir Putin says.

"If we see that one of the sides is clearly unsatisfied with the proposed ways to solve the situation, we will not support the decision," Putin said at the Munich Conference on Security Policy on Saturday in reply to questions from its participants.

"We must not impose solutions on these people, otherwise there will be a deadlock in this difficult process if any of the sides feels hurt", the Russian president said.

Russia is one of the five permanent UN Security Council members with the power of veto.

In a tough-worded speech at the Conference Putin also criticized the U.S. and the UN for an attempt to "impose their will and create a unipolar world".

"Unilateral illegitimate action has not resolved any problem," said Putin, adding: "Today we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper-use of military force in international relations."

Such policy was "very dangerous ... nobody feels secure anymore," DPA quotes Putin.

The Russian leader also raged against the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for becoming a "vulgar instrument for ensuring foreign policy interest of one country."

[Source: B92 Agency, Munich, 10Feb07]

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