Why is Russia the only one concerned about the Albanian prime minister’s call for unification of lands where there are a lot of Albanians? (Macedonia, southern Serbia, part of Greece, Montenegro and a snippet of Bulgaria, according to some maps.) He tries to backtrack using as a cover something like: “I meant unification under the EU umbrella.” That’s not what Albanians mean, and he knows it. The KLA will never rest. Terrorists don’t put down their weapons after a success.

The only border “change” Washington and EU oppose is the part of Kosovo that wants to remain with Serbia. But as for the big Kosovo severance and whatever Greater Albania is up to, that’s OK. Because we don’t talk back to Albanians.

Russia Opposes Changes to Balkan Borders (Balkan Insight, Jan. 30)

The Russian Foreign Minister has dismissed the Albanian Prime Minister’s call for an eventual unification of all Albanians in one state, saying too much blood has been spilled in the region already.

Sergei Lavrov said that any redrawing of borders in Europe is unacceptable, and that fully refers to the situation in the Balkans, “where much blood has been shed.

“No one would want to witness the recurrence of such events,” Lavrov said in Moscow on Tuesday after meeting his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Poposki.

The Russian minister called on all European countries, including Albania, to strictly adhere to the Helsinki Final Act signed in 1975, which aimed to improve relations between the Communist bloc and the West and agreed on the permanence of postwar Europe’s borders.

He spoke in response to Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha’s earlier call for the creation an integrated Albanian state.

During the 2012 celebrations of the centenary of the Albanian state, Berisha referred to a number of areas outside modern Albania as historically Albanian, and referred to “the dream of Albanian unification”, though he later maintained he meant the union of all Albanians within the European Union.

Lavrov also expressed disappointment over the West’s muted reaction to recent reports of attacks on Serbian monuments in mainly Albanian Kosovo. “This is a dangerous trend,” Lavrov said.

Over 60 Serbian memorials have been vandalised lately in Kosovo, in apparent retaliation for Serbia’s removal of a monument erected to local ethnic Albanian fighters in the mainly ethnic Albanian south Serbia border area.

And we’re supposed to believe that the U.S. and Europe are against more blood being shed in the Balkans?