EU, Russia reach agreement on fate of humanitarian aid to Kosovo Serbs

The Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid previously held at the Jarinje administrative checkpoint on Tuesday (Dec. 13) will finally push through to Mitrovica — its target destination — after Russia agreed to allow the European Union Rule of Law Mission, or EULEX, in Kosovo to escort its convoy.

“We did not want to politicize the issue anymore, because we believe that it has been politicized enough,” Russian Ambassador to Serbia Aleksandr Konuzin said.

Konuzin said the issue has been “touched” at the Russia-EU Summit in Brussels, where Russia gave EULEX consent to escort the convoy. The agreement, however, only allows three EULEX SUVs.

Northern Kosova Serbs, who are strongly against EULEX presence in the region, have also agreed to the setup.

“Northern Kosovo Serb representatives have agreed to let three EULEX vehicles escort the Russian humanitarian convoy,” Kosovska Mitrovica District Head Radenko Nedeljković said.

The convoy, according to Konuzin, will continue its journey Friday morning. Russian Embassy official in Serbia Ivan Gorbunov, however, said details of the agreement were still unknown and that the convoy is still waiting for further instructions, as reported in B92 News.

The humanitarian aid, which consists of food supplies, blankets, furniture and other necessities, is meant for the Serbian population in northern Kosovo.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.