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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lavrov Indicates Russia Will Veto Kosovo Proposal in UN

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that any resolution on Kosovo unacceptable to Serbia would not pass in the UN Security Council, where Russia holds a veto.

"Any solution is possible on the basis of agreement by both sides involved. Lavrov said after a meeting in Bishkek of foreign ministers from member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. "Any other decision cannot make it through the Security Council."

Lavrov did not specifically say that Russia would use its veto power, but his statement was the strongest indication yet that Russia would shoot down any resolution calling for Kosovo's independence from Serbia.

The United States and European members of the United Nations Security Council have drafted a resolution that would give Kosovo's majority ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs four months to agree on the region's status. Without an agreement, Kosovo would be granted independence eventually.

On Sunday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried called for Russian cooperation on the issue but said U.S. President George W. Bush had "made very clear that Kosovo's independence is going to be the result."