14:35 GMT +325 June 2019
Listen Live
    A man walks past the building of former federal military headquarters in Belgrade on March 24, 2010, destroyed during the 1999 NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia.

    No One Doubts NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia Was Violation of Law - Russian Envoy

    © AFP 2019 / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC
    Europe
    Get short URL
    20th Anniversary of NATO's Bombing of Yugoslavia (16)
    5111

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The twentieth anniversary of the beginning of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia is a reason to remind the countries of the alliance that these actions were a gross violation of international law, Russian Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov told Sputnik.

    "The bombing by NATO aircraft in the center of Europe was a gross violation of international law. No one doubts this, including those who made the appropriate decisions… So they do not like to recall this, and I think that there is every reason to remind them about it, including in the context of the 20th anniversary," Chizhov said.

    READ MORE: Hard to Accept Cooperation With NATO After 1999 Bombing — Serbian Col. Gen.

    In 2000-2002, Chizhov was Russia's envoy to the Balkans.

    The NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia took place between 24 March and 10 June in 1999. The alliance’s military operation was carried out without the UN Security Council’s approval and was based on allegations of Western countries that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) authorities carried out ethnic cleansing of thousands of Albanians in Kosovo and provoked a humanitarian catastrophe there.

    According to the Serbian authorities, about 2,500 people died, while some 12,500 were injured during the NATO bombing.

    Topic:
    20th Anniversary of NATO's Bombing of Yugoslavia (16)

    Related:

    German FM Believes NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia Was 'Right, Responsible Approach'
    Remembering the Bombing of Yugoslavia, Twenty Years On
    Yugoslavia a 'Warning' for Canada's Multicultural Mosaic - Journo
    Tags:
    bombing, NATO’s 1999 military intervention in Yugoslavia, Bombing of Yugoslavia, NATO, Yugoslavia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik