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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

France Sees Stalemate on Kosovo

PARIS -- France said Wednesday that it did not expect to reach a deal with Russia at the United Nations over a draft resolution on Kosovo's future.

"I hope there will be a compromise with the Russians on the resolution ... which has been written in New York. But I very much doubt it," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said after talks with his British counterpart, David Miliband.

Moscow, which has veto power in the UN Security Council, has rejected any move that would lead to Kosovo's independence from Serbia, an ally of Russia, and has said the draft resolution had "zero" chance of being adopted.

Under the draft resolution introduced late Tuesday, the two sides will resume negotiations for 120 days, after which the UN would hand over the administration of the province to the European Union. NATO troops would remain.

Russia wants more negotiations until a solution is found.

"It seems that the Russians are not willing to sign it," Kouchner said. "Under these conditions there will be no agreement on a resolution and under these conditions there will, no doubt, be no resolution."

The United States on Friday and the European foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, on Tuesday threatened to solve the Kosovo independence controversy outside of the Security Council if Russia did not go along with the current draft UN resolution.