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How Kosovo Poisoned America’s Relationship with Russia

Ted Galen Carpenter

Washington, DC perpetuated and deepened its Balkan blunder a few
years after the Bosnia intervention when it intervened in Kosovo.
Civil strife in Serbia’s restless, predominantly Albanian province,
simmered and then flared in the mid-and late-1990s. This time,
Washington didn’t even make a gesture of deferring to the leading
European states, but took the policy lead early on. Ultimately, the
United States led a seventy-eight-day air war against Serbia,
compelling Belgrade to relinquish control to a largely NATO
occupation force operating under a fig-leaf resolution that the UN
Security Council approved. Russia reluctantly acquiesced to that
peacekeeping resolution, despite Moscow’s ties to Belgrade and
Russian interests in the Balkans …read more

Source: Cato Institute

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