Moscow threatens force over Kosovo

Formal recognition of Kosovo as an independent state by the EU or NATO obligates Moscow to resort to ‘brute force,’ Russia’s envoy to NATO says.In a video link-up from Brussels Dmitry Rogozin said, “if the European Union works out a common position, or if NATO breaches its mandate in Kosovo, these organizations will be in conflict with the United Nations,” Interfax news agency reported.

“We too will have to proceed from the view that in order to be respected we must use brute force, in other words armed force.”
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Large Potential Albanian Oil and Gas Discovery Underscores Kosovo’s Importance

Just in case you were wondering why the US was so quick in accepting Kosovo’s independency. ANd why in fact it has worked so hard to make it independent.

by Stephen Lendman

Global Research, February 19, 2008
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On January 10, Swiss-based Manas Petroleum Corporation broke the news. Gustavson Associates LLC’s Resource Evaluation identified large prospects of oil and gas reserves in Albania, close to Kosovo. They are in areas called blocks A, B, C, D and E, encompassing about 780,000 acres along the northwest to southeast “trending (geological) fold belt of northwestern Albania.”

Assigned estimates of the find (so far unproved) are up to 2.987 billion barrels of oil and 3.014 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. However, because of their depth, oil deposits may be capped with a layer of gas. If so, Gustavson calculates the potential to be 1.4 billion barrels of light oil and up to 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Further, if only gas is present, the discovery may be as much as 28 trillion cubic feet. In any case, if estimates prove out, it’s a sizable find.

In its statement, Gustavson reported: “The probability of success for a wildcat well in a structurally complex area such as this is relatively high (because) it is in a structurally favorable area (and) proven hydrocarbon source and analogous production exists only 20 to 30 kilometers away.”

Currently, the Balkans region has small proved oil reserves of about 345 million barrels, of which an estimated 198 million barrels are in Albania. Proved natural gas reserves are much larger at around 2.7 trillion cubic feet.

In December 2007, Albania’s Council of Ministers allowed DWM Petroleum, AG, a Manas subsidiary, to assist in the exploration, development and production of Albania’s oil and gas reserves in conjunction with the government’s Agency of Natural Resources.

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Body found after Serbs set fire to embassy

A charred body has been found in the US embassy in Belgrade after scores of protesters broke in on Thursday and set rooms on fire in protest at Kosovo’s independence.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that all American personnel at the embassy had been accounted for and there was nothing to suggest the body was an embassy employee.

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Nato troops called in as mobs torch checkpoints on Kosovan border

Nato peacekeepers were forced into action for the first time since Kosovo declared independence after Serbs attacked and set fire to official checkpoints on the border with Serbia.

More than 1,000 Serbs, including women and children, had met at the border to stage a demonstration rejecting Kosovo’s secession.

But the crowd, who were joined by another group from Serbia proper, quickly grew violent and attacked the two checkpoints at Banja and Jarinje guarded by ethnic Serb members of Kosovo’s multi-ethnic police force.

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Russia warns EU, NATO of “illegal” Kosovo moves

BRUSSELS, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Russia warned the European Union and NATO on Wednesday that their presence in Kosovo would be illegal if they acted in support of a self-proclaimed independent state.Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said the EU had no basis in international law to deploy a police and justice mission in the breakaway Serbian province, since that required a United Nations mandate.

Moscow has backed Belgrade’s refusal to allow Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority their own state, blocking a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have granted the territory supervised independence.

“Any attempt to circumvent the U.N. Security Council would put the EU mission on a very shaky legal basis,” Chizhov told a news conference.

He said the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo known as KFOR would be in breach of its U.N. mandate if for example it intervened to put down protests by Kosovo’s Serb minority against a declaration of independence.

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Nato ready as Kosovo tension rises

British troops have been put on high alert to intervene in a possible war in Kosovo, Nato has announced.

  • Harry de Quetteville: Kosovo is not on the cusp of a new war

    Military leaders fear renewed fighting in the breakaway Serbian province, where final negotiations for a peace deal have broken down.

       Nato ready as Kosovo tension rises
    Serbia uses an adapted Churchill quote: ‘We will never surrender!’ in its campaign to keep Kosovo, while Kosovans prepare to fight

    “This is in Europe’s backyard and European nations need to show real leadership,” said David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary.

    He warned of a repeat of the wars that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. “We know from the mid-1990s the cost of Europe wringing its hands and failing to provide leadership.”

    Nato holds three battalions, each of some 800 soldiers, in reserve to its main peacekeeping force of about 16,000 troops in Kosovo. Of those, a German battalion has already been sent to the province.

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