BELGRADE – Moscow condemns Kosovo’s accession to the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), citing the predetermined nature of voting, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Tuesday.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 after spending several years under UN administration. It is recognized by Washington and many EU member nations.

“It seems that the outcome of the voting was predetermined even before it started while the entire process was carefully directed,” Zakharova said.

She added that the court paid attention only to the reasoning of those countries which tried to push Kosovo’s membership, while arguments of the countries which do not recognize Kosovo’s independence were ignored.

“These actions are not only illegal but also ignore the reaction of Belgrade which the West calls its partner including in the dialogue with Pristina,” she concluded.