29 January 2013, 14:03

Lavrov bashes the West for ignoring Kosovo vandalism

Lavrov bashes the West for ignoring Kosovo vandalism

Russia has criticized the West for its indifference towards outrageous acts of vandalism against Serbian tombs in Kosovo, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

“We have been disappointed at how our Western partners have been dealing with acts of vandalism against Serbian tombs, especially considering the fact that vandalism has been committed against the tombs of WWII veterans,” Mr. Lavrov said on the heels of his meeting with Macedonia’s foreign chief Nikola Poposki.

Sergei Lavrov described this tendency as an attempt to rewrite the history of World War Two.

Speaking on the issue of political stability in the Balkans, Mr. Lavrov said Moscow was against “redrawing European borders.”

“It’s important to follow key provisions of the Helsinki Final Act,” he said, adding that the Balkans had seen a lot of bloodshed over the past few decades.

Russia, Macedonia to jointly secure Balkan stabilization

Russia considers Macedonia its key partner in the mission of stabilizing the Balkans, Russia’s foreign chief Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Poposki, who arrived in Moscow for a round of talks.

“We hope that, apart from talks on bilateral and international agendas, you’ll also have some time for a tour around the capital,” Mr. Lavrov said greeting Nikola Poposki.

It’s the first Russian visit for the Macedonian foreign minister. “We have a history of good relationships, there are no unsolved issues,” Sergei Lavrov said. “There is considerable potential, and we should focus our efforts to help its realization,” he added.

The Russian foreign chief also underscored the importance of stronger ties with Macedonia.

Voice of Russia, TASS, Interfax

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