Print (Serbia): Hello, Moscow

Recently together (of course virtual, but such are the circumstances), former Deputy Secretary of state for political Affairs Nicholas burns, former assistant Secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel fried and Frank Wisner, former US representative in the Troika of negotiators from the contact group on Kosovo and Metohija. Remember them: all three of them remembered their work to the detriment of our interests. And now they met again. They gathered the organization of Albanian students of Harvard to talk to replaced, but indispensable in Pristina Prime Minister Albina Kurti. All of this was more like dance of the vampires, undead and the immortal political corpses that popped out of our own monstrous past.

Broken a bipartisan consensus

They didn’t say anything that could surprise us. They are not expressed, for example, no brilliant ideas for resolving the dispute that seems insoluble. Just all of them intellectual pygmies, who at some point in their life had the power given to them to pursue the interests of others, and now they are nostalgic for those times. The conversation lasted an hour and a half and turned out to be meaningless, so even it is a pity spent on her audition time. In the end, it boiled down to the following records of Nicholas Barnes tweeted: “Kosovo is independent. The US and the EU must act together to preserve its territorial integrity and to help him become a member of the United Nations in a free and democratic Europe.”

However, it is in the nuances of this statement lies the whole point of this virtual dialogue. These words confirm the impression that the retired (hopefully, forever) bipartisan foreign policy elite (all three worked with bill Clinton, and George W. Bush) doesn’t approve of the actions (although we still don’t know what she intends to do) the current administration, trump, which is Richard Grennel. And Barnes and fried, and Wiesner, of course, show enough restraint and not directly criticized trump, however, their apparent favor to Kurt, who openly conflicts with Granulom itself says about their attitude to Grendel and its intentions. Whatever they were, it is clear that Barnes, Frida and Wiesner don’t like them. By the way, Kurt reacts in their favor with an appropriate measure of condescension and with a smile, additionally, it accentuates.

The Russian factor

But there is one detail attracted special attention. Not because of its originality, because no originality in it, and because of the General context in which it was said.

Albin Kurti repeated several times, as his most convincing argument, the idea that he needs the unanimous support of the Euro-Atlantic, i.e. the support of the United States and the European Union, which now he has no. We about it already wrote. Kurt needs it that is to protect the region from Russia (and, of course, China, but it seems that Kurt has added it primarily to attract the attention of someone from trunovskogo the White house, who is obsessed with China).

Recently the same opinion was expressed by Aoos Osmani, Chairman of the Kosovo Assembly, a functionary of the Democratic Union of Kosovo, which rejected Kurti in his support, and his government resigned, to which Osmani, by the way, opposed. However, she mentioned something else important. As reported by the media, othmani believes that “Russia’s participation in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina would mean for Kosovo’s regression not only in technical terms but also in political life.” Osmani also “stated that Russia has already proven that its only goal is to destabilize the region.” And this, of course, absolutely right, if we start from the premise that NATO bombs that fell on our heads, and all that followed, was a valuable contribution to the stabilization of our region.

All this, as I said, it would be completely unworthy of mention because so many times it was told and retold, if not for one issue that the American “Radio Free Europe” is asked (on the background of the described statements Whose Osmani and Albin Kurti’s) press Secretary Grendel dick Castino. And he answered in unexpected ways.

“Our station asked Castino question — said, “Radio Free Europe” on its website, and few people noticed all of its singularity, although, of course, she did not leave the attention of those who specializiruetsya in this area — consider whether the United States needs to adopt a new resolution on Kosovo in the security Council, and whether to include Russia in the negotiations between Pristina and Belgrade?”

Kastin replied simply sensational, although I don’t tend to throw that word wrongly: “Her participation is welcome if it will bring ideas that will contribute to stability, peace and prosperity of Serbia and Kosovo”.

This does not mean — I underline — while that of the United States expressed a willingness (again) to include Russia in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. However, this clearly means that the United States does not oppose this possibility. And that’s the cause of understandable concern, which is, acknowledging it openly or not, during a virtual meeting with Kurt expressed Nicholas Barnes, fried and Wiesner. With them going through the rest of the company that has built a career on causing misery to our country for the sake of stabilizing the region in the interests of its customers.


The reason to ask the press Secretary Castino the issue of bringing Russia to the dialogue of Belgrade and Pristina, for “Radio Free Europe” was the statement by Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botan-Kharchenko, the Russian representative in the Troika of negotiators of the Contact group in 2007. In an interview with the newspaper “Politics” (by the way, it required further clarification, since it was published under the title “Resolution 1244 must be replaced with the new”) Botan-Kharchenko said: “Russia supports the achievement of long-term and acceptable compromise for Belgrade and Pristina decisions on the basis of international law in compliance with resolution 1244 of the UN security Council. Russia will agree only with the solution which will satisfy Serbia. Direct participation of Russia in negotiations on the Kosovo issue should the invitation of Belgrade. I repeat that these negotiations should be conducted within an international framework, and in this case Resolution 1244 of the UN security Council”.

According to these words of Ambassador Botan-Kharchenko, Russia does not exclude the possibility to engage in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. As we learned, this probability, at least a priori, does not reject and Washington. From here a reasonable question: why not Belgrade has asked Moscow to join in its dialogue with Pristina?

This was stated previously cited Aoos Osmani, who “recalled that earlier, the UN ruled out the possibility of Russian intervention in the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. “In 2010, when the UN General Assembly took a decision on the continuation of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, it completely eliminated the format, involving Russia, similar to the format of the Troika of 2007. If we now return to the format in which Russia would be the same voice and the role she had prior to the announcement of Kosovo’s independence, I’m sure, for us it would mean regression in both political and purely technical terms””.

Thank you Viosne Osmani, because she reminded us of the disastrous miscalculation, former President of Serbia Boris Tadic and foreign Minister Vuk jeremić. Russia then indeed removed from the solution of our most important national and state issue. In this regard, it is even more important today to understand whether we are moving forward to a brighter future, continuing this policy?

The truth is, whether we like it or not, whether to call on Russia for help or not, that her part in the solution to our problem with Kosovo and Metohija would not be a precedent and, moreover, is the only possible way out of the situation. Again, not because we want them to, although of course we want to, but because the other option is completely impossible. Kosovo cannot become a UN member, like one called Nicholas Barnes and others like him, if this idea in the security Council would not support Russia. This is the procedure of adoption of the United Nations, and to change this procedure cannot, without the consent of Russia, which has in the UN security Council, the inherent right of veto. If you could all be solved without Russia, and would have done back in the days when Barnes, Daniel fried and Frank Wisner had more influence than now, both in the world and in America itself. And now the time has come when we must begin to act, given this fact. Just think, that we are only one invitation…