Friday, March 17, 2006

Russia and China 'pledge not to block new Kosovo


By Guy Dinmore in Washington and Daniel Dombey in LondonPublished:

March 14 2006

Russia and China have told the US that they will not block the independence of Kosovo, the breakaway Serbian province, according to western diplomats.
Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, discussed the issue with Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, in Washington last week and was told Moscow would not stand in the way of independence, the officials said. Russia and China would probably abstain in a proposed UN resolution that would grant independence.


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