25 years since NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

On Sunday, Serbia marked 25 years since the beginning of the NATO bombing of the then FR Yugoslavia, after which the Yugoslav security forces withdrew from Kosovo.

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, said on that occasion that on March 24, 1999, „19 of the most powerful countries attacked Serbia without any right and for the first time without a decision of the UN Security Council.“

„They destroyed our country for 78 days. They killed children. Tore our territory. Nevertheless, despite everything, Serbia lives. Awakened. Stronger, Braver. Defiant. And most of all, free. Freedom is more important than air, freedom will never be taken away from us. Long live Serbia,“ Vucic wrote in a post on Instagram.

Foreign policy commentator Bosko Jaksic said that while NATO officials emphasize that cooperation with Serbia is at an excellent level, official Belgrade is trying to hide partnership relations from the public eye.

During the 78 days of NATO airstrikes on Yugoslavia, over 1,000 people were killed and thousands more were wounded. Infrastructure, military and civilian facilities were severely damaged, and the damage was estimated at around $ 30 billion.

The action was carried out without the approval of the United Nations Security Council.

The war ended with the signing of the Kumanovo Agreement on June 9, 1999, and the following day UN resolution 1244 was adopted, and the Yugoslav army withdrew from Kosovo.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on February 15, 2008.

(N1, 24.03.2024)


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