The US are pushing Pristina to establish its own armed forces, Lavrov said

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in fotomancer of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov speaks at the second meeting of the Moscow format of consultations on Afghanistan. November 9, 2018The US are pushing Pristina to establish its own armed forces, Lavrov said© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

The efforts of the EU mediation between Belgrade and Pristina failed, as evidenced by the plans for Kosovo to establish its own armed forces, what they are pushing US, said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

«It is obvious that the efforts of the European Union (mediation between Belgrade and Pristina) failed because all interim agreements that were reached in this framework, Pristina refuses to comply», — Lavrov said at a briefing in Moscow.

Lavrov explained, what is meant, in particular, the agreement on the establishment of the Council of Serb municipalities in Kosovo.

«Referring to the attitude of Pristina to establish their own armed forces in flagrant violation of resolution 1244 (UN security Council). The Pristina in this direction is clearly pushing from the outside, in particular, the United States,» — said the Russian Minister.

In 1999, armed confrontation between the Albanian separatists of the Kosovo Liberation army and the army and police of Serbia led to the bombing of Yugoslavia (then consisting of Serbia and Montenegro) NATO forces. In March 2004, Kosovo Albanians staged riots, which led to mass resettlement of Serbs from the province and the destruction of numerous monuments of their history and culture.

Kosovo Albanian structures in Pristina in February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed Republic does not recognize Serbia, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and several other States.