The UN Security Council (SC) on April 13 interrupted the meeting and switched to the mode of closed consultations after the incident with the representative of Kosovo, which appeared in the frame with the flag of the partially recognized state.
It is noted that Russia asked to remove the attributes of the state, which is not recognized by eight members of the Security Council.
“We are not against the participation of representatives of Kosovo in our meeting. This has already been established by practice. One way or another, I would like to draw the attention of the Council members to the fact that Ms. Gervala (the representative of Kosovo Donika Gervala – Ed.) Is sitting against the background of the emblem of Kosovo, ”Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, said before the meeting.
Polyansky recalled that Kosovo, whose representatives have repeatedly demonstrated their attributes at meetings, is not an all-recognized state. As a result, the online broadcast of the UN Security Council was interrupted.
Prior to that, in February, US President Joe Biden called it necessary to improve relations between Serbia and Kosovo. He also called on Serbia to recognize Kosovo’s independence.
Also in February, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. It is known that the leaders of the two states discussed the topic of working out a balanced solution to the Kosovo problem, which must be approved by the UN Security Council.
In 2008, the Kosovo-Albanian structures in Pristina declared independence from Serbia. According to the Serbian constitution, the territory of the unrecognized state is the autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija within the country. The republic is not recognized by about 60 states, including Russia, China, Spain and Greece.
The number of countries recognizing the independence of Kosovo is less than 100. If Serbia manages to reduce this number to 96, then Pristina will not enter any of the international organizations.