<b>Russia Threatens War Over Kosovo</b>
The international split over Kosovo grew more ominous yesterday as Russia raised the spectre of using force to back its Serb ally's bid to retain the territory.
Russia's envoy to NATO warned both the western military alliance, which has a 16,000-strong peacekeeping force in Kosovo, and the European Union against formally backing the ethnic-Albanian leadership's declaration of independence from Serbia.
"If the European Union works out a common position, or if NATO breaches its mandate in Kosovo, these organizations will be in conflict with the United Nations," said Dmitry Rogozin, alluding to Russia's position that a UN Security Council resolution on Kosovo does not authorize a unilateral move to independence.
"We too would then have to proceed from the view that in order to be respected, we must use brute force, in other words armed force."
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"With Kosovo now the gun has been cocked and no one knows when and where the shot will ring out," said Anatoly Safonov, Putin's envoy for international cooperation in combating terrorism and organised crime, in an interview with the Russian news agency.
"The danger is of unleashing a powerful machine of destruction, the consequences of which are unpredictable. It's a pity they have forgotten the lessons of the past, including the lesson of Munich in 1938," he said.
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