Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday evening opened a Russian Liaison Office in the Kosovo capital of Pristina, the official Tanjug news agency reported.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Lavrov said that the opening of a Russian Liaison Office in Pristina demonstrates that Russia is interested in the political situation in the Balkans and wants to play an active role in resolving the Kosovo problem.
A compromise solution should be sought for the province as it is the only way of securing a status sustainable in the long term, Lavrov told the press.
The ethnically-divided Kosovo, under UN administration since June 1999, is soon to confront its future status talks under the auspices of UN special envoy Marti Ahtisaari.
Kosovo's Albanian majority demands an independent state, while its Serb minority and Belgrade officials want the province remains part of Serbia.
Lavrov, who arrived in Kosovo Monday evening, conferred with UN mission chief Soren Jessen-Petersen. He is also to meet with representatives of Kosovo Serb parties and with Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova on the current situation in the province and on the forthcoming negotiations on its future status.
The opening ceremony was attended by Kosovo Premier Bajram Kosumi and UN mission chief Soren Jessen-Petersen.