Kosovo has ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats, accusing Moscow of “destabilizing” activities.
Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani said on October 22 that the two diplomats at Russia’s liaison office to Kosovo were declared personae non gratae and ordered to leave the country.
Osmani said that her country was committed to countering the malign influence of Russia and its “proxies in the region,” which she accused of aiming to undermine the achievements of Kosovo, the United States, NATO, and the European Union.
Russia opened a liaison office in Kosovo in 2005, three years before Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.
Russian daily, the Kommersant, reports that the current diplomatic conflict between Pristina and Moscow is not the first of its kind. In May 2019, Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry, on the personal order of then PM Ramush Haradinaj, had declared Russian diplomat of the UN mission, Mikhail Krasnoshekov, persona non grata.
The Kommersant further states that the Russian Ministry then warned official Pristina that that precedent would have far-reaching consequences.
(Nova Ekonomija, 25.10.2021)
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