3 Jun 2019 17:55

Volodin wishes swift recovery to Russian member of UN mission in Kosovo

BELGRADE. June 3 (Interfax) - Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has visited the Russian member of the UN mission in Kosovo, Mikhail Krasnoshchyokov, at a hospital in Belgrade where the latter was taken after being injured in a Kosovo special-forces operation in Serbian municipalities in the north of the province.

"The United Nations should recognize that you, their employee and a diplomat, were injured, because you were doing everything for international law to be complied with in the Kosovan territory, and recognize that you were trying to resist armed chaos," Volodin said.

"You were fulfilling your duty as our citizen and as a member of the UN mission. I wish you a swift recovery," he said.

Krasnoshchyokov was detained and beaten by Kosovo special forces on May 28. As a Russian member of the UN mission, he has diplomatic immunity. He is currently being treated in Belgrade.