"I will officially demand from Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo Zahir Tanin that immunity be withdrawn from the Russian citizen in order to initiate a case against him," he told the Insajderi portal.
Kosovar President Hashim Thaci pointed out that the police had detained Krasnoschekov because he had opposed the actions of law enforcement officers. Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said that the partially recognized republic's authorities would consider the case of the Russian citizen in accordance with international conventions, given "the Russian agenda to destabilise the region."
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the actions of the Kosovar police were a direct result of the years-long Western support for the Kosovar authorities. Moscow called on the international allies of Kosovo to exert influence on Pristina in order to prevent uncontrolled escalation of tensions in the region.
Kosovo unilaterally proclaimed independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, after years of conflict with Belgrade. The self-proclaimed republic is recognized by over 100 UN member states. Serbia, as well as Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and a number of other countries have not recognized Kosovar independence.