Moscow, November 13, 2015
"This decision has great signficance for us. Kosovo is a holy land for Serbs, it is covered with the blood of those who protected Kosovo shrines from their enemies. That which could have happened to Kosovo would be the cap on all the troubles there. We are deeply thankful to all countries which supported Kosovo and Serbia, to Russia and its officials, Putin, Lavrov. All who stood up to support Serbia played a great role in it," Patriarch Irinej said in his interview with the Rusky Expres media center.
The Serbian spiritual leader believes that truth has prevailed, recalling the famous saying that "God is not in force, but in truth."
This week UNESCO General Assembly voted against accepting Kosovo into the organization. 142 UNESCO members participated in the vote. 95 voices would have been sufficient for admitting Kosovo, but only 92 countries voted in favor. 50 countries were against, and 29 abstained from voting.