22 September 2005, 11:41
Ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro: No progress made in restoration of holy places in Kosovo
Tula, September 22, Interfax - The restoration of Orthodox holy places in Kosovo is still at a stalemate, the Ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro to Russia, Milan Rocen, stated.
‘There are agreements with the international community, but no concrete progress has been made so far’, the ambassador said last night in a talk to journalists in the Kulikovo field, where he attended the ceremony of laying down a park in the Green Woods.
At the same time, according to Mr. Rocen, the Kosovan Serbs are aware that they may enjoy Russia’s understanding in their struggle for a normal life.
‘Unfortunately, the situation in Kosovo today is far from being normal. Orthodox shrines are still burnt there and Serbian teenagers are killed only because they are of a different faith and nationality’, the ambassador said.
Speaking about the Kulikovo Battle, he described it as a sign of closeness between the Serbs and the Russians. ‘The Kulikovo Battle is not only a glorious page in Russian history, but also a glorious date for all Slavic nations who were inspired by it in their struggle for freedom and independence for centuries’, the ambassador noted.
He also reminded that nine years after the Kulikovo Battle, there was a historic battle in the Kosovo field, ‘though it was not as successful for the Serbs as (the Kulikovo Battle - IF) was for our Russian brothers’, Mr. Rocen said.
The Kulikovo Battle was fought on September 21, 1380. Prince Dmitry Donskoy of Moscow defeated the Golden Horde army. This victory made a beginning of the unification of Russian lands around Moscow.