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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ambassadors Meet Milosevic

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic met the UN ambassadors of pro-Serbian Russia and China on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Kosovo ahead of a UN visit to Kosovo, the Politika daily reported Thursday.

Sergei Lavrov and Shen Guofeng of China are part of an eight-member United Nations Security Council delegation due to visit the province for a three-day trip starting Thursday.

Politika said Russia and China agreed with Yugoslavia's position that respect for its territorial integrity and equality for all of Kosovo's ethnic communities were the basic conditions for resolving problems in the turbulent Serbian province.

According to the newspaper, Milosevic charged that the UN mission and international peacekeeping troops in Kosovo were most to blame for the "unbearable situation in the province and ethnic cleansing" against Serbs and other non-Albanians.

"The project on alleged elections in Kosovo before a political solution is achieved ... is only a transparent attempt to legalize crimes committed by NATO and Albanian terrorist gangs," the pro-government daily quoted Milosevic as saying.

A Russian soldier who had been missing for a week was found dead in central Kosovo, a spokesman for the NATO-led peacekeeping force said Thursday, The Associated Press reported.