How Russia recognized Kosovo de facto – EURACTIV.com
When there are so many signals that Russia will recognize Kosovo because it seeks similar recognition for Donetsk and Lugansk, these are no longer coincidences, writes Orhan Dragaš.
Dr. Orhan Dragaš is part of the International Security Institute.
The Russian Ministry of Defense definitely considers Kosovo an independent state. He put Kosovo on the list of countries whose citizens came to fight alongside Ukraine, alongside Poland, Great Britain, America and about 60 other countries of the world entire. All are internationally recognized and are members of the UN.
Serbia is not on the list, not even as an addition or explanation to Kosovo’s name, not even in a footnote with an asterisk.
This is not the first time that the Russian Ministry of Defense treats Kosovo with the utmost respect, as internationally recognized countries deserve. At the beginning of the aggression against Ukraine, behind the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense, General Igor Konashenkov, for days during his briefings, there was a map of Eastern Europe with clearly drawn borders of Kosovo as a separate state.
We believe that the Russian Ministry of Defense is a very serious institution and does not allow mistakes, negligence and negligence to creep into it, especially when its capabilities are mobilized to the maximum and lead to a large-scale invasion scale of a large, sovereign neighboring country.
We don’t even think there’s a communication gap between defense and foreign ministries, where generals don’t need to know every detail of their country’s foreign policy. They’re the finest bureaucratic machines in a vast state, and there’s no room for error there, especially when the whole world is watching, scrutinizing every soundbite.
Here we argue that Russia basically treats Kosovo as an independent state without declaring it. The two “errors” of the Ministry of Defense are only the continuation of a long list of gestures, including the declaration of the highest political spheres, indicating that Moscow considers Kosovo as an independent country, especially when it wants to benefit from such an attitude in favor of its territorial conquests.
Russian diplomats have made no effort to “put into context” Vladimir Putin’s recent remarks when he said in a conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that he recognized the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk based on the case of Kosovo as a precedent.
However, Russian diplomats knew that this identification of Kosovo with Donetsk and Luhansk was a shock for Serbia. Instead, they repeated old phrases mentioning UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and Russia defending Serbia’s sovereignty.
When there are too many coincidences, they are no longer coincidences.
It is no coincidence that Vladimir Putin had a cordial conversation with Hashim Thaci in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, with the two posing as equals. It is no coincidence that the first man of the Russian Football Federation, Aleksandr Avdeyev, congratulated his Kosovar colleague Agim Ademi on taking office with the message that Kosovo “can always count on the support of the Russian Federation football in all football matters”.
More importantly, it is no coincidence that Russia’s decisions to recognize Donetsk and Luhansk were “copied” on the model of many earlier recognitions of Kosovo’s independence, which mostly came from Kosovo. ‘West.
In the West, many eyes are on the five EU members that have not yet recognized Kosovo’s independence (Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Greece and Cyprus). The Ukraine crisis has prompted many to increase the pressure on them, hoping to reduce divisions among Western allies, at least on this issue.
But the country closest to recognizing Kosovo is neither but Russia. None of them have new reasons to recognize Kosovo, but Russia does.
The independence of a country must be expressed by a written decision in which this recognition is explicit and unambiguous.
Russia will too; they won’t even blink. And they will do it well before the five “disobedient” Europeans.
It does not matter that Kosovo, since the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, strongly supports the Ukrainian people and Ukraine, which does not recognize it as a state.
In the meantime, Serbia is losing. Like the wife of a drunken abuser who refuses to divorce and report him because “he’s good when he’s not drinking” and he loves her.
Unfortunately, cemeteries are full of such wives.