Russia Welcomes Comoros' Decision To Withdraw Kosovo Recognition - Foreign Minister
Fakhir Rizvi 8 months ago Fri 09th November 2018 | 09:34 PM
Moscow welcomes the decision by Comoros to revoke its recognition of Kosovo's independence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday after talks with his Comoran counterpart, Mohamed El-Amine Souef.
"We, of course, welcome this ... Russia will continue to comply with UN Security Council decisions, by that I mean UN Resolution 1244, which states that Kosovo is part of Serbia. All further steps must be taken in accordance with that resolution," the minister said at a conference after meeting Souef.
In response, the Comoran minister reiterated his country's position on this issue and stressed that Comoros would continue to follow the situation concerning Kosovo.
"In our opinion, Kosovo is a part of Serbia. International law must be complied with and respected," he added.
Comoros withdrew its decision to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed nation of Kosovo on November 1 � it initially recognized the territory as an independent state in May 2009. Kosovo's recognition has similarly been revoked by Grenada, Suriname, Dominica, Liberia, Sao Tome and Principe, Papua New Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Burundi, and Lesotho.
Kosovo unilaterally proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2008 and was recognized by over 100 nations. However, Serbia, as well as Russia, Israel, China, Iran, Spain, Greece and others, refused to follow suit.