The head of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo-Metohija Petar Petkovic met with Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko on Wednesday to discuss the course of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the political and security situation in the province.

The Serbian side has always demonstrated constructiveness at Brussels meetings, as confirmed by the fact that Belgrade has met all its commitments from the dialogue, while, for over nine years, the Pristina side has been refusing to meet agreements on establishment of a Community of Serb Municipalities, as well as many other agreements, Petkovic said.

Despite constant obstructions by Pristina, Belgrade continues to believe that all open issues can only be resolved peacefully and through dialogue, and it will continue to insist on this even though Pristina’s refusal to meet its commitments is a major obstacle and a challenge in the process of normalisation of relations, Petkovic said.

Pointing to an increase of incidents taking place almost daily in Serbia’s southern province, increasingly frequent desecrations of Serbian Orthodox churches and attacks on Serbs and their property, Petkovic said this demonstrated that Pristina politicians lacked even the minimum good will for building mutual trust, peace and coexistence in the territory of Kosovo-Metohija.

Petkovic thanked the Russian ambassador for the open and sincere conversation and for understanding that a compromise solution and normalisation of Belgrade-Pristina relations were only achievable through dialogue, the Office for Kosovo-Metohija said in a statement.