The Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Ivanov, has called for increased international support for the new Yugoslav President, Vojislav Kostunica, saying it was of primary importance. Mr Ivanov said the international community should again support Yugoslavia by lifting sanctions against it and by offering Belgrade economic aid. Last week, the United States and Britain announced they were lifting most sanctions, BBC reports. Speaking about Kosovo, Mr Ivanov said the province was not ready for democratic elections. He said this was because the Serb population couldn't participate in the political process. Mr Ivanov was speaking in Romania where he's gone to attend a conference of the Black Sea economic cooperation group.
On June 16, Geneva hosted the first meeting between presidents of Russia and the USa, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden. After the talks, the presidents, as expected, did not hold a joint press conference