Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and
Serbian President Boris Tadic [EPA]
Kosovo has won assurances from the US that it will win recognition as an independent state within months.

Russia, along with Serbia, is fiercely opposed to such a move.

How can the two sides be reconciled, and what will be the outcome?

Inside Story examines the issues.

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This episode of Inside Story aired on 25th July 2007

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