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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Warns KFOR




MOSCOW -- Russia warned Friday that it may withdraw its peacekeepers from Kosovo or change their role in the breakaway Yugoslav province if conditions there become "unacceptable,'' senior officials said Friday.


The statement was made jointly by the Foreign Ministry's envoy to the former Yugoslavia, Boris Mayorsky, and Leonid Ivashov, the Defense Ministry's chief of international cooperation department.


The two did not elaborate, saying only that Moscow will take such a step if the actions of KFOR, the international peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo, "take such a character that it would become unacceptable for Russia to be associated with such activities.''


They stressed, however, that "presently there are no conditions'' for a radical move, such as pulling out peacekeepers or "changing the form of their participation,'' Russian news agencies reported.