Moscow doesn't exclude the chance of withdrawing the Russians from the United Nations International Police in Kosovo if Resolution 1244 of the Security Council is violated.
“The presence of Russia’s policemen in the province depends on what will happen in future. If the International Presence starts violating, in essence, Resolution 1244, we won’t be gazing at it impassively. A lot will depend on the opinion of Belgrade, as Serbia is the state receiving the international presence,” Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov said in the interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta. The official was asked about the chance to pull out a few dozens of Russians serving in the U.N. International Police.
There is no need to pass another resolution of the United Nations on Kosovo, Titov reiterated, pointing out that the resolution explicitly says that a compromise on Kosovo status should be looked for between Belgrade and Pristine.
When commenting on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Titov said that Russia isn’t satisfied with results of June sitting of Management Committee for executing the agreement for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “It was another confirmation of our partners’ withdrawal from the previously agreed on course on closing the Office of High Representative, terminating the extraordinary authority.” “The objective evaluation of the country’s situation and of executing conditions for closing the Office of High Representative is that it is to be transformed to the European Union mission already today,” deputy foreign minister said.
“Our partners certainly fear the Kosovo precedent,” the official said, specifying that, although verbally denying it, they would like to secure against it in practice. The extraordinary authority of High Representative is needed also to those willing to reshape Dayton, impose centralization on the country, turning it into a unitary state without consent of the Serbs living in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is true that the main pressure is exerted on them, although there is no intention to withdraw from Bosnia and Herzegovina, to break up the country,” Titov said.