A ruling on Thursday by the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia was legal will not affect Russia's position on the issue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Our position on our non-recognition of Kosovo's independence remains the same," the statement said.
Russia has always been strongly opposed to Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence.
ICJ president Hisashi Owada said international law "contains no applicable prohibition" of Kosovo's declaration of independence and that the court had ruled that "the declaration of independence on 17 February 2008 did not violate general international law."
MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti)