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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kosovo Worries Russia

MOSCOW -- Russia expressed concern Tuesday about clashes between Western peacekeepers and ethnic Albanian rioters in the Kosovo town of Mitrovica and urged firmer action to restore order in the troubled province.

"The exacerbation of tensions in Kosovo is a matter of growing concern in Russia," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "We are very troubled by the fact that to achieve their end - of forcing the entire non-Albanian population out of Kosovo - the Albanian extremists do not even stop before confrontation with peacekeeping forces and international structures," it said.

"We consider that the international presence must undertake more decisive measures to achieve the desired result," it added.