The “more than autonomy, less than independence” formula proposed by Belgrade for talks on the status of Kosovo is “close and clear to Russia” and is an indicator of “Serbia’s constructive approach” to the issue, the Russian foreign minister’s special envoy for the Balkans, Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, said.
He invited the head of the Serbian government’s Coordination Centre for Kosovo and Metohija, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, to visit Moscow at the beginning of November in order to discuss the status of Kosovo with the Foreign Ministry leadership ahead of negotiations on this issue.
Raskovic-Ivic “gratefully accepted” the invitation and promised to visit Moscow as head of an official Serbian delegation at the stated time.
The head of the Serbian government’s Coordination Centre for Kosovo and Metohija highly estimated “the position of Moscow with regard to international activities pertaining to the status of Kosovo”. The importance of fostering direct dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is seen “as the first step towards bridging the gap between the two sides and preparing negotiations on the future of this province” Itar-Tass quoted Botsan-Kharchenko as saying.