Russia opposes NATO’s spread into Eastern Europe and is concerned about the prospect that its neighbors Ukraine and Georgia may be brought into the Western military alliance. The president’s stops in Albania and Bulgaria were sure to annoy Mr. Putin — again.
Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends that independence would set a dangerous precedent for the world’s other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.
Last month, the U.S. and European nations introduced a revised U.N. resolution supporting independence for Kosovo under international supervision, but it was immediately rejected by Russia — which hinted that it would veto the measure.
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