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Why is there so much division in recognizing Kosovo as a sovereign state?

The issues at hand are: Kosovo declared its independence unilaterally, without an agreement with Serbia. That makes recognizing its independence troubling for many countries that have their own ...
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Why doesn't Russia recognize Kosovo if it uses the Kosovo precedent to justify annexing Crimea?

The Crimean declaration of independence is to the benefit of Russia. The Kosovan declaration of independence is to the detriment of Russia's ally, Serbia. So Russia chooses to recognise the former, ...
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What does Kosovo need to do in order to become a fully independent country?

The relevant Wikipedia articles are: Kosovo International recognition of Kosovo Political status of Kosovo There are three major points here: Recognition by the other states Although 97 states have ...
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Why is there so much division in recognizing Kosovo as a sovereign state?

Spain does not want to recognize Kosovo to avoid recognizing Catalonia in the future. Ditto China, because they do not want to recognize Taiwan. Russia tackles Kosovo precedent in a post-modern ...
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Why doesn't Russia recognize Kosovo if it uses the Kosovo precedent to justify annexing Crimea?

Western intervention against Yugoslavia left international law in tatters. West of course broke international law many times before or after that (Libya, Iraq, Syria etc ...) but this was ...
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Why did the USA support Kosovo in the war against Serbia?

I do not know if later studies have shown otherwise, but at the time the reason given was that the Kosovo conflict was a continuation of the wars that happened after the breakup of Yugoslavia. The ...
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Why does Russia back Serbia?

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 ...
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What determines whether Western countries (and NATO) recognize separatist movements? (especially when comparing Kosovo and the Donbass)

A distinct group, in a compact territory that would make a viable state, unable to address their grievances through a democratic process, or acting with the consent of their country. See, for ...
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Did some UNGA resolutions recognize Crimea as independent or part of Russia? Or Kosovo as part of Serbia, to this day?

Kosovo On February 17th 2008 Kosovo declared its independence. On October 8th of the same year, the General Assembly requested an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice whether that ...
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Why doesn't Russia recognize Kosovo if it uses the Kosovo precedent to justify annexing Crimea?

In your question there is a false assumption that Russia in some way recognized the legitimacy of the declaration of independence of Kosovo. However, it's not the case. Your quote is the statement ...
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What does Kosovo need to do in order to become a fully independent country?

Kosovo is independent Naturally, the definition of independence will vary from person to person, however in a pragmatic sense Kosovo is independent because it holds the monopoly of violence which is ...
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What level of control does Serbia maintain over Kosovo, if any?

In Albanian-majority areas, it's safe to say: Serbia has no control whatsoever. In the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo, particularly in Northern Mitrovica, which held its own referendum in 2012, ...
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Why does Russia back Serbia?

Several factors can explain the Russian "backing" of Serbia : Serbs & Russians are both Orthodox Slavic nations. Historically, the two nations were both on the same side of WW1 & ...
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Why does Russia back Serbia?

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 ...
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Why does Russia back Serbia?

The reason is the dominant religion in both countries. Both have predominantly Orthodox Christian population.
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What level of control does Serbia maintain over Kosovo, if any?

The Brussels Agreement (in order for each to join the EU at a later date) laid out several items that the minority Serbian populations within Kosovo would retain control over. Particularly: There ...
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Why does Montenegro recognise Kosovo, yet Bosnia does not?

Wikipedia says that Republika Srpska is effectively exercising a veto over the recognition, partly through the threat of using Kosovo's independence as precedent to support its own potential secession ...
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Why is the separation of Kosovo from Serbia treated differently from the breakup of other Yugoslav nations from Belgrade?

There are two competing principles in international law. Nations have a right of self-determination. Nations have a right of territorial integrity. The obvious problem comes up when part of a nation ...
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What determines whether Western countries (and NATO) recognize separatist movements? (especially when comparing Kosovo and the Donbass)

I've heard that, while definitely not recognizing them, France smuggles a lot of help to Basque separatists in Spain (France also has some Basque territories in it, but no separatism for some reason). ...
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What determines whether Western countries (and NATO) recognize separatist movements? (especially when comparing Kosovo and the Donbass)

I can say only about Kosovo, since I don't have enough knowledge about Donbass. The thing is, Milosevic, who was the president of Serbia at the moment, already had wars in his resume, which nobody ...
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What determines whether Western countries (and NATO) recognize separatist movements? (especially when comparing Kosovo and the Donbass)

It's worth noting that Putin has made it very clear he's recognizing the claim of the LPR and DPR to the entire Ukrainian oblasts LPR/DPR claim belong to them, even though they (LPR/DPR) control less ...
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