NATO wouldn’t have bombed Serbia in 1999 if Vladimir Putin had been the Russian president then, stated Serbian chief Aleksandar Vucic praising pleasant relations between Moscow and Belgrade.
Vucic believes Serbians worth the present Russian chief greater than any in latest historical past, as they’re assured of Moscow’s steadfast help of their nation’s sovereignty.
“We imagine that in 1999, if Putin had already been president there would have by no means been a bombing of Serbia,” Vucic advised journalists at a press convention following his talks with the Russian chief in Sochi on Wednesday.
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He stated that the Serbs would additionally by no means “overlook 2012 when Mr. Putin saved us from the West designating us a folks that follow genocide.” He was referring to the time when Russia blocked a UN decision, backed by the US and the UK, which might acknowledge 1995 Srebrenica bloodbath – a tragic occasion from the Bosnian Conflict – as genocide, whereas blaming solely the Serbs for the occasions of the stated civil struggle.
Serbia historically enjoys cordial relationship with Russia, partly as a result of shut historic and cultural ties. Putin particularly seems to have sway among the many Serbs as a result of his stance on the 1999 NATO bombing of what was then nonetheless known as Yugoslavia.
The Russian president has additionally repeatedly expressed his help for Serbia’s territorial integrity, assured by the UN Safety Council Decision 1244, that requires “substantial autonomy” for the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo however nonetheless says that its remaining standing ought to be decided by the UN. The decision thus implies that Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence, made exterior of the UN framework in 2008, is null and void.
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Russia and Serbia are amongst about half the world’s governments that don’t acknowledge Kosovo.
Putin’s agency line is commonly contrasted in Serbia with that of his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, who went no additional than verbal condemnations of NATO on the UN throughout the 1999 bombing marketing campaign. The Alliance carried out 900 sorties throughout the brutal 78-day struggle, which formally claimed no less than 758 civilian lives and sided with an ethnic Albanian insurgency in Kosovo in opposition to the federal government in Belgrade.
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