"Russia fully supports Serbia in the ongoing conflict with the self-declared Republic of Kosovo and insists that the rights of Serbs must be guaranteed in a resolution of this conflict," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, APA reports.
“We support Serbs living in Kosovo. We believe that [the demands of Kosovo’s authorities] are absolutely groundless,” Peskov said, referring to the recent restrictions the authorities of the self-declared republic have imposed on new Serbian arrivals.
The conflict erupted on the border between the two states on August 31, after Pristina introduced a new requirement requiring arriving Serbs to obtain Kosovar documents and license plates instead of those issued by Serbia. Shortly after, Pristina suspended the introduction of the new rules until September 1.
The Kremlin welcomed this decision, stressing that it made it possible to avoid an escalation on the night of August 31. However, Peskov noted that the issue is not yet fully resolved.