Thursday this week marks the 23rd anniversary of NATO`s bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which began on March 24, 1999, and lasted 78 days, Serbian media reported.
The European security crisis began in 1999 when US/Nato started to bomb Yugoslavia, and that was then erosion of all foundations of the world order, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in an interview with Russian Tass.
«Back then, these bombs in addition to killing civilians started destroying the system of international relations. It was exactly then that NATO (and when we say «NATO», we mean «Americans») started to bomb the foundation of the world order, which led to the European security crisis, which we are living through today», the spokesman underscored.
This is exactly in line with what I have said in my recent articles. Putin`s war in Ukraine has many sides. Putin is attacking the European globalists, and globalization is dead.
Peskov pointed out that this crisis primarily involves the European continent. Russia and other states are located, most of which are currently unfriendly towards Moscow. «The very Americans, who instigated all this, they suffer from this crisis much less, we must understand it well», he added.
Serbia was attacked as responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe in Kosovo, and the immediate cause was the events in Racak and the failure of negotiations on Kosovo`s future status in Rambouillet and Paris, according to Novinite.
NATO’s air operation began at 7.45 p.m. on 24 March 1999. Nineteen NATO countries began bombing ships in the Adriatic and four air bases in Italy. First, the air defenses and other Yugoslav military sites in Pristina, Batajnica, Belgrade, Mladenovac, and elsewhere were bombed.
According to the Serbian Ministry of Defense, 2,500 civilians were killed during the NATO airstrike, including 89 children and 1,031 members of the army and police. 6,000 civilians were injured, including 2,700 children and 5,173 soldiers and police, and 25 are still missing.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said last night that there was no justification for NATO aggression in 1999 but that if he had been in Slobodan Milosevic’s place, he would have acted differently, Politika reported.
“In a few days, I would have stopped it, either by resigning or something else. 78 days is too long to cripple a country that had no chance to defend itself and wait for someone else to help us, but we knew that no one would,” Vucic said in an interview with RTV.
The president noted that Russia at the time, led by Boris Yeltsin, was weak. Vucic also pointed out that the one who leads the country must take care of how to save his people.
“I am now looking at the conflict in Eastern Europe and wondering why some people are not thinking well about the consequences”, Vucic said.
Serbian President Aleksander Ucic said in an interview on March 24; «“Now, after 23 years, one can see with clarity how despicable, ill-judged, unlawful and immoral this operation by 19 NATO countries was” and how “ridiculous, even stupid, to hear them now blaming Russia for its so-called aggression against Ukraine”, adding that “the morals, principles, and values they constantly talk about do not exist at all”. Does China have any comments?
Wang Wenbin is a Chinese politician diplomat, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, deputy director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department, and a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He had a speech and said this on CCTV:
«On March 24, 1999, US-led NATO forces blatantly bypassed the UN Security Council and began the 78-day incessant bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a sovereign country, in grave violation of relevant international conventions and basic norms governing international relations.
In 12,000 strikes, over 10,000 tonnes of explosives were dropped and more than 3,000 missiles fired, targeting everything from medical facilities to ancient cultural relics, residential buildings, and schools.
Thousands of innocent civilians including three Chinese journalists were killed. During the bombing campaign, NATO even used depleted uranium bombs prohibited by international conventions, causing long-term damage to Serbia’s environment and people’s health.
The people of Serbia will not forget NATO’s aggression, nor will the people of China and the rest of the world.
NATO is convening a summit on Ukraine on the 23rd anniversary of its bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. I wonder if the US and other NATO members have asked themselves:
What is the root cause of the Ukraine crisis?
What responsibility should the US and NATO assume?
Before reflecting on their crimes against the people in countries like Serbia, Iraq , and Afghanistan, the US and NATO have neither right nor authority to judge others.
Born out of the Cold War, NATO serves no other purpose than war. It has never contributed to the peace and security of our world and will never do so. All those who truly love peace and are committed to advancing peace will resolutely reject NATO’s continued expansion».