Aleksandr Botsan-Kharchenko, Ambassador of Russia in Belgrade, stated that Moscow will not recognize the self-proclaimed Kosovo and will remain consistent with its policy, and believes that Serbia will not impose sanctions on Russia.

“We call for the Resolution no. 1244 to be implemented, which should be applied, both in our opinion and according to the international law,” said Botsan-Kharchenko as a guest on the show Insajder TV.

He communicated this Russian position in answer to being asked whether the statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic have become independent based on the precedent set by the International Court of Justice making a decision on the independence of the so-called Kosovo also means that Russia is changing position regarding the status of the southern province of Serbia, reported Insajder.

“Kosovo is a key issue in our friendly and fraternal cooperation, and there are no indications that the Russian Federation may change position on that issue,” explained the Russian Ambassador to Serbia and added that the issue remains a precedent in international law, as well as that the “unilateral and illegitimate declaration of independence” of Kosovo should not be tied to the secession of Donbas.