Great Game in the Balkans – the US, Europe, Russia and Kosovo


  1. Lombardi, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);Department of National Defence, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy)
Although many Western governments expected that the presentation in March 2007 to the Security Council of the plan prepared by former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari would lead to a rapid resolution of the final status of Kosovo, controversy has instead erupted. Despite the formal endorsement by the United States, NATO and the European Union, Russia has indicated that it will not support any plan for Kosovar independence that is not agreed to by both Serbia and the Albanian-Kosovar leadership. Fearing the consequences of a Russian veto in the Security Council of any resolution containing the Ahtisaari proposals, the Western Powers have proposed a delay in the formal consideration of this issue to allow more time for negotiations. It is not clear if that will be sufficient to overcome the current divide. This Technical Memorandum discusses the reason for the recent divergence of policies between Russia and the Western Powers over the future status of Kosovo. It examines the roots of the dispute and the difficulties that Moscow’s opposition is creating for European governments.

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2007-32 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jul 2007
Number of Pages
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