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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Medvedev Wary Over Kosovo

ROME -- First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that a diplomatic deal for Kosovo's independence must take into account all parties while his country "cannot accept every option."

Asked in Rome about talks on United Nations plans for Kosovo's virtual independence from Serbia under European administration, he said: "My personal opinion is that Europe is too small for political experiments. Every agreement on a statute of a European state has to take the interests of all parties into account."

History shows that not doing so "does not give good results," he told reporters at an energy conference, adding: "For these negotiations, Russia cannot but be interested, but cannot accept every option."

At the United Nations, meanwhile, the United States and European nations hoped to circulate a UN Security Council resolution on Wednesday that seeks a four-month delay on the independence plan for Kosovo in an effort to get Russia's approval.

The document would give Kosovars and Serbian leaders another chance to reach an agreement, U.S. and European envoys said. After 120 days, if the talks fail, the resolution would automatically put into effect the independence plan drawn up by UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari. The Serbian province has been under UN administration almost eight years.

A deal will likely depend on talks between U.S. President George W. Bush and President Vladimir Putin in Kennebunkport, Maine, on July 2, envoys said.

A senior U.S. official in Washington said Russia's reaction still had to be tested, including its previous hints at exercising its veto power in the council.

Ahtisaari told Finnish YLE television in Helsinki on Monday that he believed Russia would veto his plan.

n Serbia's prime minister said Wednesday that he was confident that Russia would veto any UN Security Council resolution that would ultimately give independence to Kosovo, including the revised plan that would delay the province's statehood for 120 days, The Associated Press reported.