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The Kosovo Crisis and the Evolution of a Post-Cold War European SecurityThe Evolution of Post Cold War European Security$
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Martin A. Smith and Paul Latawski

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719059797

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719059797.001.0001

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Kosovo, NATO and Russia

Kosovo, NATO and Russia

(p.92) Chapter 4 Kosovo, NATO and Russia
The Kosovo Crisis and the Evolution of a Post-Cold War European Security

Paul Latawski

Martin A. Smith

Manchester University Press

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

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