BELGRADE, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - The self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo joins the United States and the European Union and imposes sanctions against Russia over Moscow's alleged role in the Ukrainian internal conflict, as it is stated on the Kosovo Government's official website.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kosovo Wednesday.
According to the statement, the Government of the Republic of Kosovo has decided to impose sanctions out of solidarity with the United States and the European Union and to show the latter that Kosovo is a reliable ally for its partners.
It was not reported how Kosovo intended to implement this decision, as there are no diplomatic relations between Russia and Kosovo. In addition, Kosovo cannot officially ship goods to Russia, which did not recognize Kosovo as an independent state considering it to be an integral part of Serbia.
Kosovo, a landlocked region with a population consisting mainly of ethnic Albanians, declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008. Since then, more than 100 UN member states have recognized Kosovo. Ukraine did not recognize Kosovo's independence.
Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated due to the situation in Ukraine. The European Union and the United States have imposed several waves of anti-Russian economic sanctions over Moscow's alleged role in the Ukrainian internal conflict. In response to Western sanctions Russia was forced to take measures aimed at replacing imports from Western countries with possible alternatives. On August 7, Moscow banned food imports from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway.