According to the Ukrainian diplomat, one should not be drawing any parallels between Kosovo and Crimea, because, according to him, it's quite different situations.
"Traditionally, we have been supporting the territorial sovereignty of the country. This is our principle. But to us, there are no parallels between these two cases. This is because Kosovo is one thing, and Crimea is totally different", he said.
According to the diplomat, Kosovo is the country recognized by a number of other countries, and in case of Crimea, it's a territory that was forcefully captured by Russia. Although Ukraine hasn't formally recognized Kosovo yet, it already recognized its passports and allowed passenger movement with the use of these IDs.
As is known, Kosovo proclaimed independence from Serbia in the one-way fashion in February 2008. The governments took different stances in this regard. The U.S., many European countries, Australia, New Zealand and a number of other countries recognized the republic's independence. Russia, Serbia, China, Iran, Spain, Greece and some otehr states did not recognize it.
In total, Kosovo was recognized by 116 countries.