Kosovo, NATO and Russia

Paul Latawski and Martin A. Smith

in The Kosovo Crisis and the Evolution of a Post-Cold War European Security

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780719059797
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700631 | DOI:
Kosovo, NATO and Russia

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In the eyes of some observers, the Kosovo crisis posed the greatest threat to relations between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) since the end of the Cold War. This chapter first charts the course of Russian policy towards, and involvement in dealing with, the Kosovo crisis. It then examines the longer term impact of the crisis on relations between Russia and NATO. Russia and the leading NATO members were extensively engaged in discussing what to do about the developing crisis in Kosovo in 1997 and 1998. Two main forums were utilised for the conduct of these conversations, which produced a greater degree of agreement than is sometimes supposed. They were the Contact Group and the United Nations Security Council. When Russia and the NATO members began to disagree, it was over the possible use of coercion in order to impose a settlement on President Slobodan Milosevic of the former Yugoslavia. The launch of Operation Allied Force on March 24, 1999 followed the final breakdown of negotiations.

Keywords: Russia; Kosovo crisis; North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; Contact Group; United Nations Security Council; Slobodan Milosevic; former Yugoslavia; Operation Allied Force

Chapter.  11164 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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