Monday, February 25, 2008

Russia pledges support for Serbia

Russia has once again pledged its support for Serbia and declared the Kosovo declaration of independence as illegal [BBC]. However, besides continuing to make vociferous statements, it is difficult to see what action Moscow might take. Protests have continued in both Kosovo and Serbia for the past week. Violence has also broken out at some of the demonstrations. On Wednesday, rioters attacked the US and Kosovo Embassies in Belgrade. Serbian authorities have been criticised by the US Ambassador for not doing enough to protect the embassy. One man died during the riots. His burnt body was found inside the US Embassy and is believed to have been one of the rioters. Police arrested 190 during the operation to quell the violence and there were injuries reported on both sides. Following the attack on the embassy the United States has withdrawn all but essential staff from Belgrade [BBC]

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