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Russian Ambassador to Serbia: Ukraine conflict won’t turn into nuclear war

Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko in an interview with Serbian daily Vechernje novosti said his country's position on Kosovo would not change regardless of Moscow recognizing the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk and would not ask Serbia to follow suit.

Skopje, 3 March 2022 (MIA) — Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko in an interview with Serbian daily Vechernje novosti said his country’s position on Kosovo would not change regardless of Moscow recognizing the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk and would not ask Serbia to follow suit.

“Russia’s position on Kosovo is principled, permanent and unchanging regardless of developments in the Balkans or beyond. Our position is based on international law. We will continue working together toward solving the Kosovo issue,” Botsan-Kharchenko told Vechernje novosti.

“Of course not,” he said in response to a question on whether Moscow would ask Belgrade to recognize Donetsk and Luhansk.

“They are already independent states,” he added. “Let me say it again: We are not asking Serbia to do anything.”

The Russian Ambassador also said there wasn’t any danger of the conflict in Ukraine turning into a third world war.

“I don’t think it will. Putin is determined,” Botsan-Kharchenko said. “He has already told [other countries] not to meddle in these matters. He is serious. And I think these messages are being taken quite seriously.

“Unfortunately, they did not want to understand before Feb. 24 that there were red lines and that our patience was exhausted.” mr/

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