August 6, 2012

A Russian Bear and EU Sheep

Barring unforeseens, a new state looks set to be born in Europe early in 2008. If Kosovo is then recognised by the vast majority of EU states, the US and many others, this will represent a major defeat not just for Serbian diplomacy but for Russia as well. If this proves to be the case, it should provoke a lot of soul-searching amongst Russian policy makers since the fact is that its policy over Kosovo seems to have backfired, producing exactly the opposite result from the one intended.

Barring unforeseens, a new state looks set to be born in Europe early in 2008. If Kosovo is then recognised by the vast majority of EU states, the US and many others, this will represent a major defeat not just for Serbian diplomacy but for Russia as well. If this proves to be the case, it should provoke a lot of soul-searching amongst Russian policy makers since the fact is that its policy over Kosovo seems to have backfired, producing exactly the opposite result from the one intended.


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