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Russia will deliver some $1 million worth of medical equipment
Russia will deliver some $1 million worth of medical equipment and a team of sappers to Belgrade on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Russian Embassy in Serbia said.

The delivery by an emergencies ministry aircraft will be the fifth shipment of humanitarian aid to Serb-dominated enclaves of Kosovo, since the province declared its independence from Serbia on February 17.

Russian mine clearing specialists will also fly to Serbia on Wednesday to clear unexploded bombs dropped by NATO warplanes in 1999.

During the Western military alliance's bombing of the former Yugoslavia, which forced Serbia to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, cluster bombs were frequently used on the south Serbian city of Nis. Unexploded bombs from the war have yet to be disabled in several areas of Serbia. The work will begin on August 1.

The Russian aid, worth around 40 million rubles ($1.7 million), was flown to Belgrade in four deliveries in early April. The supplies consisted of 140 metric tons of food, including canned meat and fish, baby food, rice, and sugar, along with 20 metric tons of medical equipment, medicines, disinfectants, and other healthcare products.

Kosovo, with a 90% ethnic-Albanian majority, has been formally recognized as a sovereign state by 43 countries including the United States and most European Union members. Russia and China continue to back Belgrade's position that Kosovo will always remain a part of Serbia.


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