Russia accuses West of pushing Kosovo tensions towards 'direct conflict'

(Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Monday it was "alarmed" by the situation surrounding Kosovo and accused the West of "pushing the situation towards a direct conflict."

In a statement, Moscow said Belgrade had demonstrated a "constructive approach" to the latest crisis between Serbia and Kosovo, and attacked "radicals" in Pristina for what it called a series of provocations that have aggravated long-standing ethnic tensions.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Andrew Heavens)