Russian political influence in the development of the peace process in Kosovo.
The political interests as well as historic country affiliations between Serbia and Russia go back hundreds of years in history. Two of the major reasons are the commonalities in religion -- both countries are Eastern Orthodox Christians and the people are of Slavic inheritance. Since the Serbian oppression in Kosovo started, Russia has been supportive of the Serbian policy toward Kosovars. When the NATO bombings in Serbian military bases started in March of 1999, Russia was very much against the NATO move, and offered diplomatic means to prevent and possibly solve this problematic conflict, which was bringing insecurity and economic instability in Europe. Diplomacy, although promoted by NATO and Russia, failed its first attempts. Since the attacks continued and Milosevic realized that there was not much space for resistance, he decided to sign the peace treaty, initiated by the Western powers, but carried out with the effort of Russian and Finish diplomatic authorities. As the peace treaty was signed and the NATO troops were getting ready to enter Kosovo through Macedonia, Russian military troops were the first ones to enter Kosovo.This move was disliked by the NATO leaders since they were the ones designated to carry out the NATO peace-keeping operation.This showed that Russia political interests were very much present in Yugoslavia no matter what the NATO troops' plans were in Kosovo.They still wanted to have some influence on a state which used to be part of Yugoslavia, and is now under the military control of the NATO alliance and under the administration of the UN.
Kusari, Drenusha, "Russian political influence in the development of the peace process in Kosovo." (2001). URC Student Scholarship.
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