ZVECAN – Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Chepurin says he is optimistic about further talks between Belgrade and Pristina, but not about implementation of agreements reached.

With Belgrade’s consent, the EU has assumed the role of a facilitator in the resolution of the conflict, but today it is increasingly clear it lacks the strength to ensure the implementation of even the first agreement, Chepurin told the Zvecan, Kosovo-Metohija-based Most television station in an interview.

Agreements are being made, but they are implemented very poorly, he said.

The international community – all countries that backed the UN SC Resolution 1244 on Kosovo – should be contributing to its implementation, instead of working against it secretly and publicly, Chepurin said.

As regards Kosovo’s membership in international organisations, Chepurin said everyone knew Kosovo was not a state but that much effort was being made to push it into an international organisation.

The UN SC Resolution 1244 is a fundamental, universally accepted document and a basis for solving the Kosovo problem, and it is important that Belgrade does not recognise the unilateral act of Kosovo’s secession, Chepurin said.