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On YouTube, I heard Can Kosovo survive as an independent state?, which states that Russia prevents Kosovo from joining the United Nations (UN) because Russia backs Serbia, and Serbia doesn't want Kosovo to be independent.

So, what's in it for Russia?

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    Ethnic solidarity and influence – Colin Apr 18 '17 at 22:00
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    To add to @ColinZwanziger's answer, these are the same reasons that were the immediate causes of WWI. Russia was on Serbia's side against the Austro-Hungarian Empire which for the same reasons was backed by the German Empire and then the dominoes "came tumbling down". – Bernard Massé Apr 18 '17 at 23:04
  • According to Russia, it is opposed to Kosovo joining the UN because it thinks that Kosovo is run by a drug cartel. – JCAA Jul 9 at 18:14
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  1. Chechnya and Russia's multi-ethnic confederated nature.

    Russia hates the idea of independence movements and especially their success/recognition, given it is itself a confederation of ethnic areas some of which aren't all to happy to be in the confederation. The main parallel is Chechnya - which is also a rebellious Muslim-majority province trying to gain independence.

    As such, recognition of Kosovo would create a precedence for such independence movements.

    (this might seem a bit hypocritical in contrast to Russia's handling of the situations in Ukraine or Georgia, but this doesn't invalidate the reason above).

  2. It's popular with Russians.

    Any support for brother Slavs plays well with Russian populace; especially when Pindostan (Russian's insulting term for USA) is on the opposition's side.

  3. Somewhat related to #2, historical entanglements.

    Russia's backing of Serbia isn't exactly a new development - previously, a less-known conflict involving Serbia got Russia involved in certain unpleasantness with a couple of other countries on European continent.

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    Could you cite sources for your answer? It sounds more like informed opinion than provable fact. – BobTheAverage Apr 19 '17 at 2:44
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    Russia hates the idea of independence movements Huh ? What about Crimea, Dombass, southern Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transsynistria ? Those are all independant movement which are backed up by Russia. It might be "hypocrit", but it's a fact Russia loves independance movements when those are on Russia's side. – Bregalad Apr 19 '17 at 10:04
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    @Bregalad see the bracket below that statement. Although I'd say Russia is "competing" for that medal, rather than winning it outright (cough lets bomb civilians in the war on terror cough). – Peter Apr 19 '17 at 10:08
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    I think you can replace "larger slavic scale" by "larger slavic orthodox christian scale". Most people in the balkan are slavic and do not enjoy Russian "symathy" (Croatians, Bulgarians, ...). Plenty of other slavic nations do not have strong ties to Russia (Poland, Slovakia, ...). – user5751924 Apr 19 '17 at 12:20
  • @user5751924 - good point – user4012 Apr 19 '17 at 12:25
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The bond between Serbia and Russia today is especially linked towards the war: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia%E2%80%93Serbia_relations#1991%E2%80%932000

Here Nato went into what Russia would say was sovereign territory and played an active role in that war against the Serbs.

Anyway, the only thing I would say is "in it for Russia" is to have an ally in Serbia.

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    This is wrong. Yugoslavia was specifically a nominally non-aligned country and supposedly Stalin bitterly disliked Tito afterwards. Yes, Yugoslavia was a Communist country, but no, it wasn't an ally, just like Finland aimed to stay neutral rather align formally with the West. – Italian Philosophers 4 Monica Jul 10 at 4:13
  • @ItalianPhilosophers4Monica you are absolutly right. I will edit: "their satellite territory" to "sovereign territory" – Thomas Koelle Jul 10 at 7:16
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The reason is the dominant religion in both countries. Both have predominantly Orthodox Christian population.

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    Can you provide some support for your suggestion that this is the reason for Russian support? It's certainly a plausible theory, but is there any evidence that this is the case? – divibisan Jul 9 at 15:35
  • @divibisan This is the view that is widespread in the Christian community. I've heard it from my friends in Montenegro, for example, that they expect protection from their "Russian brothers" as the countries are both Orthodox Christian. I suppose there is a certain lobby or connections through the Orthodox church leaders. – MindYB Jul 9 at 15:40

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