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NATO allies have expressed concern that clashes in Kosovo between secessionist ethnic Albanian rebels and Belgrade troops will spill beyond its borders and ignite ethnic Albanian populations in neighboring Macedonia; in Montenegro, which with Serbia forms the Yugoslav federation; and perhaps in Albania itself. That in turn might draw in mutually hostile neighbors such as Turkey and Greece.

The conflict has highlighted political differences. The United States and Western allies condemn repression against ethnic Albanians, but do not support the rebels wish for autonomy; the Albanians support a NATO attack and an autonomous Kosovo. And Russia opposes NATO intervention and sees the conflict as Yugoslavia's affair.

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