West recognizes Russia's role in Kosovo settlement

MOSCOW region, March 17 (Itar-Tass) -- The proposal for the resumption of the activity of the Contact group for Yugoslavia made by a number of the countries in the West is a sort of recognition of Russia's role and place in the Kosovo settlement, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov said on Friday.

"We shall take part in the work of the Contact group primarily in order to secure the beginning of negotiations on the determination of the Kosovo status within Yugoslavia. We are proceeding from the assumption that it is up to the U.N. Security Council to say the decisive last word in this respect," the Russian minister declared.

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