Kosovo Serbs seek Russian citizenship

Thousands of Kosovo Serbs want to take out Russian passports in order to guaranteer their security in the Albanian-dominated country, a Kosovo Serb group has told the Russian embassy in Serbia.

The Russian embassy in Belgrade has forwarded to Moscow a request from an umbrella organisation of Kosovo Serbs who wish to obtain Russian passports.

The Russian foreign ministry is expected to pass the request to the State Duma for consideration.

Serbia and Russia have long had close political and economic relations. Many Serbs view Russia as a “big brother” and both peoples belong to the same Orthodox branch of Christianity. Russia is a strong diplomatic ally of Serbia’s and has been its most vocal champion on the issue of Kosovo, fiercely denouncing Kosovo’s independence, proclaimed in 2008.

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