Putin promises Serbia to back Kosovo claim

'Putin said clearly that Serbia can count on Russia everywhere that Serbia is defending its territorial integrity and independence, especially in Kosovo,' Serbian president says

Putin promises Serbia to back Kosovo claim

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised Thursday to continue supporting Serbia's territorial integrity, including its claim on the disputed region of Kosovo, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic says.

"Putin said clearly that Serbia can count on Russia everywhere that Serbia is defending its territorial integrity and independence, especially in Kosovo," Nikolic said after meeting with Putin in Moscow.

Serbia, which has long enjoyed close relations with Russia, relies on Moscow's support in its diplomatic fight to prevent Kosovo, a former province that declared independence in 2008, from joining the United Nations.

Putin and Nikolic also discussed Serbia's recent agreement to allow NATO personnel to maintain a presence in the country.

Nikolic said the deal was mostly to enable the troops to destroy weapon stockpiles. He said Russia was not alarmed by the deal and "Putin said he understands what we signed." 

Nikolic's visit came as Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic seeks reforms that will put the Balkan country on the path to joining the European Union.

Nikolic is an openly pro-Russian leader who frequently speaks out against closer ties to NATO and the EU.

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