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21 Apr, 2008 09:15

EU could implode over Kosovo: Lavrov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Kosovo's independence could lead to the break-up of the European Union.

In an article published in Russia's “Profil” Magazine, Lavrov suggests nationalist outbreaks are dragging the EU backwards, and are a sign of the reduced value of sovereign states.

“The question is will the European Union be able to hold on to its positions of post-modernism if its internal development and international policy are going in different directions,” Russia’s Foreign Minister said.

According to Lavrov, Kosovo represents “an outrageous example of such a dichotomy”. 

“We can’t rule out the possibility that under the condition of their dramatically reduced value, certain European Union states will start to fragment before Europe becomes a ”continent of regions," Lavrov added.