Thaci: Meeting with Putin, enormous step for Kosovo diplomacy

Thaci said he received Putin’s support for Kosovo-Serbia agreement. 

In an interview with Klan Kosova, President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci spoke about his meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin saying it lasted for several minutes and focused on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue and the possibility for a peaceful agreement being reached at the end of the process. 

Thaci said he received Putin’s support for Kosovo-Serbia agreement. 

“Putin underlined that this is a delicate matter but at the same time he was also very clear in that Russia would support the possibility of a Kosovo-Serbia agreement being reached,” Thaci said adding that the meeting was a high achievement for Kosovo diplomacy. 

“This is the first meeting between Kosovo and Russia at such a level,” he added. 

“Russia’s position is very important as if an agreement is reached it would not use veto at the Security Council regarding Kosovo’s UN membership. It is a step forward,” Thaci said adding that traditional relations between Russia and Serbia should not be an obstacle to Kosovo having “normal” relations with Russia. 

“We were neither friends nor foes and we can have normal relations as all EU countries have with Russia.”