Add Mikhail Gorbachev to the list of Russians that are warning the U.S., E.U. and NATO that recognizing Kosovo independence would set a “dangerous precedent” for “international security.” Mr. Gorbachev also declared that because Kosovo neither belongs to the E.U. and NATO, their involvement should be much more “limited.” Interestingly, Mr. Gorbachev says nothing about Russia’s own involvement in Serbia’s affairs nor does he provide any extended reasons for how prolonging negotiations would improve regional stability.
In any event, nothing Mr. Gorbachev has said is really groundbreaking or new. But why has the western press picked it up with such fervor? Well, it wasn’t too long ago that Mr. Gorbachev was hailed for his “new thinking” on international affairs. To many in the West, Mr. Gorbachev was “one of the boys.” After all, the west says, look at the location of the “Gorbachev Foundation” (San Francisco), his founding of Green Cross International, his membership to the Club of Rome, and his criticisms of Czar Putin.
Wasn’t it a surprise to the west, then, when the Russian bear said something contrary to the West’s “party line.” You have to wonder why it took Mr. Gorbachev so long to speak or why he was not involved in the troika negotiations. Could he have been Russia’s Jimmy Carter? Are his words too little, too late for a negotiated solution? It appears so.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, said Saturday the European Union and NATO have no cause to deal with the province of Kosovo. Citing the fact that the breakaway Serbian province does not belong to either international organization, Gorbachev said EU and NATO officials should limit their involvement with Kosovo, RIA Novosti reported.
“For the first time in history, two organizations are trying to assume responsibility for the future of a country — Serbia — which is not a member of either of them,” Gorbachev said.
The Albanian-dominated province has been a United Nations protectorate since 1999, but international law still has the region designated as part of Serbia. Yet Britain’s U.N. envoy, John Sawers, said Dec. 19 that Kosovo’s status would now be determined by the European Union. Gorbachev has criticized such attempts by outside powers to seek independence for Kosovo, RIA Novosti said.
“By destroying the international law and replacing it with poorly disguised tyranny, the proponents of this approach have certainly miscalculated the outcome of their actions,” the former Soviet leader said Saturday. (Source: UDI).