A man celebrates during celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo's independence in Pristina, Kosovo February 17, 2018. Ognen Teofilovski / Reuters
Kosovo is a partially recognized state in Europe, whose capital and largest city is Pristina. It is a disputed territory that declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Kosovo is recognized by 112 members of the UN.
Speaking in Serbia, the anti-mainstream Czech President Miloš Zeman said he’d like his goverment to withdraw recognition of the breakaway Kosovo province as an independent state. This has immediately attracted attention in the US.
Retired US General Wesley Clark, NATO commander during the 1999 Kosovo War, has accused Russia of keeping the Balkans as a ‘crisis in waiting,’ raising an alarm over one humanitarian base entirely surrounded by NATO countries.
Former US President Bill Clinton and top diplomat Madeleine Albright are among Western leaders flocking to Kosovo to receive honors by ethnic Albanian militants they backed in the 1999 NATO war against Yugoslavia.
NATO's bombings of Serbia in 1999 had one small episode that is remembered with glee by many Russians. In a surprise deployment, Russian troops seized a strategic airport near Pristina right under the nose of the British.
A Russian member of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) is in hospital with serious head injuries after Kosovo police broke his cheekbone with a rifle-butt, despite him being unarmed, his doctor says.