Russia Steps Up Support for Serbia

Leaders meet in Belgrade as tensions over Kosovo continue
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2008 4:46 AM CST
Russia Steps Up Support for Serbia
Russian First Deputy Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Dmitry Medvedev attends a meeting in the city of Kazan, about 700 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. Russia's presidential election will be held on March 2. Medvedev is en route to Belgrade to meet with Serb...   (Associated Press)

Unrest and uncertainty marked the one-week anniversary of Kosovo's independence as ethnic Serbs within Kosovo and around the world continued to protest, and Serbian ally Russia deployed top officials to Belgrade to meet with Serbian leaders, BBC reports. Serb protesters in northern Kosovo brandished posters of Vladimir Putin and a sign reading: "Russia Help!"

Russia continued its clash with the US and Western Europe over Kosovo, accusing the US of "flagrant cynicism" and "contempt for the law." A Serbian minister also called the US the "major culprit for all troubles" in Kosovo, and leaders called on the US to revoke its recognition of the "fake state." (Read more Kosovo stories.)

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