Tuesday, after invoking Kosovo to recognize two separatist republics, Russia changed its tack.
Seizing on the conflict in Georgia, East European countries are pushing for strong measures against an aggressive Moscow they say they know all too well.
Critics say The International Criminal Court's move Monday to indict Sudan's president for war crimes may hamper peace.
The Serb-dominated area of Mitrovica is a flash point, and could be lost to Serbia.
Effort may lack UN legality, but is politically practical, say many diplomats, despite Serb anger.
Belgrade power broker Vojislav Kostunica is shaking the newly elected government over Kosovo.
The Radical Party acting leader Nikolic got 39 percent of the vote in presidential polls Sunday. He and pro-European moderate Tadic will square off in Round 2 of voting on Feb. 3.