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    RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER ABOUT THE THREAT TO PEACE COMING FROM KOSOVO

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    MOSCOW, April 1 - RIA Novosti. Ethnic cleansing campaigns in Serbia's autonomous province of Kosovo threaten to reduce to naught many years of international efforts to strengthen peace in the Balkans, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Kommersant.

    He believes Kosovo may turn into a European centre of organised crime, which will inevitably affect the continent's security. "The recent developments show what price the world community has to pay for the lop-sided actions without a sanction of the UN Security Council," stressed the minister.

    He said about the security situation in Europe, "Conditions must be created for finally liquidating the cold war structures." In particular, the adapted CFE treaty must be ratified and enforced without delay.

    "We must not allow a legal vacuum to appear in European security, as this would be tantamount to destabilisation in the 'rear' of our joint struggle against terrorism and other global threats," Sergei Lavrov pointed out.

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