A high-ranking official of Russia’s ruling United Russia says the party supports declaration on preservation of the Serb “national identity.”

Sergei Zheleznyak spoke in Moscow on Thursday, after a meeting with members of the leadership of Serbia’s ruling SNS party.

“The (SNS) party proposes the drafting of a declaration, together with other parties of Balkan countries, aimed at preserving the Serb national identity, culture, language, and Cyrillic (alphabet),” Zheleznyak is quoted as saying in a United Russia statement carried Beta.

According to Zheleznyak, United Russia is ready to take “most active” part in drafting the appropriate documents, while working with its colleagues from the State Duma, the Duma Committee on International Affairs, and the friendship groups with parliaments of Balkan countries.

“We support the efforts of our Serb colleagues in passing that declaration. For our part, we are ready to do all we can to offer party and political support, so that the content of that document becomes known globally,” Zheleznyak was quoted as saying.

He also said that Russia sees “serous pressure” being applied by the US and NATO on “the Serb world” and the Balkans as a whole – and that it is concerned over the dramatic events in Montenegro and Macedonia.

A statement cited by Beta on Thursday added that SNS Vice-President Marko Djuric “thanked his Russian colleagues for their cooperation,” and stated that the party (SNS) “counts on further support, including when it comes to Kosovo.”

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