Russian permanent envoy to OSCE says Kosovo authorities enables attacks on churches

February 3, 2017, the Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized the Kosovo authorities over violations of the rights of Orthodox Christians and attacks on their churches, as reports interfax.

“Take, for example, the situations surrounding the [Cathedral] Church of Christ the Savior in Pristina and the Church of St. Nicholas in Prizren. One gets the impression that the obstructing of their operation has been raised to the status of policy by the Kosovo authorities,” Russian envoy to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich said at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, Austria. The text of his speech was posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Friday.

Against this background, Lukashevich went on, “it’s no surprise that many other churches and monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church are regularly subjected to attacks or desecrations by Kosovo Albanian radicals.”

“The Kosovo authorities just cannot take control of them. They enable them or even themselves encourage incitement to hatred,” Lukashevich said.