Russian President Vladimir Putin had a brief conversation with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Paris, Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday.
Putin "pointed out to Thaci that Pristina needs to reach a consensus with Belgrade and told him that Russia will support a joint decision by Belgrade and Pristina," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov is quoted as saying by Sputnik. "It was not a classic meeting. It was a conversation on the margins of an event. Putin spoke with a large number of participants in an event held in Paris during the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Thaci was one of them. They really did give each other a hand and took a photo," Peskov said, commenting on information about the meeting. "Naturally, Putin drew attention that it is necessary first of all to find a consensus with Serbia. That's the main thing. And of course, he said that we will support an agreement reached by the parties themselves. It cannot be different," the spokesman concluded.