The Russian Foreign Ministry has advised the country's citizens to be more careful as they plan trips to parts of Serbia's Kosovo Province that are under the control of Pristina due to the possible introduction of visas for Russian citizens.

"Russia refuses to recognize Kosovo as an independent state and treats it as a part of the Republic of Serbia, with which we have visa-free travel rules. The issue of Russian citizens' visits to Kosovo is not on the practical agenda because the number of such visits is insignificant," the ministry said.

"Taking advantage of this occasion, we would like to draw our citizens' attention to the need to be more careful when making decisions to visit the parts of Kosovo Province that are under the control of the Pristina authorities," it said.

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