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Russia adopts document on NATO's 1999 attack against Serbia

Russia has adopted a document on the 20th anniversary of the start of the NATO bombing of the the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).



Tanjug is reporting on Wednesday, citing Sputnik, that the text states that "the initiators of this crime must be held responsible."

According to the document adopted by the Federation Council (Upper House) of the Russian Parliament, NATO's military operation reflected negatively on further development of mutual relations and confidence of European states, while the impunity of those responsible has led to new tragedies: in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. 

Unfortunately, the lessons have not been learned, and NATO continued to use military force against other sovereign states - Iraq, Libya and Syria, today threatening Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua with the same. 

Russian senators recall that NATO used ammunition filled with depleted uranium in the bombing of Yugoslavia, which caused numerous casualties among civilians. 

In addition, the recognition of Kosovo's independence, which followed in 2008 by a series of western countries, "represented only a continuation of what NATO had begun - support of separatism and conflict in the territory of the former Yugoslavia." 

The Federation Council also claims that the de facto secession of Kosovo and Metohija is a precedent in international relations, which has made it extremely complicated to resolve existing conflicts in cases involving unrecognized states, especially given the fact that the West is acting in a completely opposite manner when it comes to Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. 

It is also added that the NATO military operation was an act of aggression against a sovereign state and that therefore the initiators of this crime should be held accountable. 

In this regard, the Council called on parliaments of countries all over the world, as well as international organizations such as the UN, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the OSCE and the European Parliament to condemn NATO's aggression and take all steps to remedy the consequences.


Source: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/world.php?yyyy=2019&mm=03&dd=13&nav_id=106403

Serbia to hold military parade on anniversary of NATO attack

Aleksandar Vucic says the 20th anniversary of the start of NATO's bombing will be marked with a special religious prayer, moleban, and a military parade.



"It's been 20 years since NATO's aggression on one sovereign country, which was not guided only by bombs from the air, it was done almost by any means - political, media," the president told RTS on Tuesday.

He pointed out that it was not only a matter "bombing" - because that was just a technical term. Instead what happened was an aggression on a sovereign country, which did not deserve it any way, but suffered terrible sacrifices. 

"Serbia, despite the fact that it was not conducting the smartest and the wisest of policies, did nothing to deserve that and is not responsible for NATO's aggression," while the terrible suffering the country faced - "from (killed toddlers) Milica and Sara, to many soldiers and policemen who died only for protecting the law." 

"We will (on March 24), in a dignified manner, in the evening ,be in Nis, which was attacked several times, exactly on the anniversary, to address the citizens. It will be a state manifestation, with a moleban that will be led by Patriarch Irinej and the bishops of the Serbian Church," he stressed. 

He added that before that, a military parade will be organized in Nis, where citizens will be able to see 1,500 special purpose soldiers, equipped according to the latest standards, eight to ten MiG-29s, and 19 new helicopters. 

"Serbia is seriously strengthening, its security, its safety. That is the foundation of further consolidation of our state," Vucic said, adding that the program of building new housing for members of the military, the police, and the BIA will continue, as well as work on increasing their wages. 

The president called on the residents of Nis, and those living in the south and south-east of Serbia, to "come and see their army" on the day.


Source: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=03&dd=12&nav_id=106397

Covic: By the end of the week it is possible to harmonize the statement on the formation of state power


Thursday, March 14, 2019

HDZ BiH President Dragan Čović said that he had exchanged with the presidents of the SDA and the SNSD proposals for a statement on forming state power, and that in the next few days, three parties would appoint one representative to agree on the common content of the statement.

- It is realistic to expect a joint statement to be agreed by the end of this week. If this happens, we will have a precondition to sit down and agree on the concept of the Council of Ministers through the departments and to go to the appointment of a mandate holder - said Covic in an interview with BH. edition of "Vecernji list".

He stressed that the HNS parties in state-level negotiations will insist on the ministries of finance and foreign affairs, and that they could also be the head of justice.

- We are flexible here, and these first two ministries are something else. Because of our weak position, primarily in the Presidency of BiH and the will of the Bosniak people to choose two members of the Presidency, we must keep the position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, which enables us, how much, to participate in BiH's foreign policy. In addition, there are three or four deputy positions in the ministries, but this is now a matter of agreement with partners. Initially, all the parties make similar requests, and then we try to align it with some rules, but I believe that this will not be an obstacle to the establishment of power if we agree on other things that we are currently defining in this short statement - said Covic.

When it comes to executive power in the Federation, Covic says HNS is still looking for a partner with whom he can make a software platform.

- At the level of the Federation, we have to have a partner with whom we can make a reform agenda that will ultimately lead to the European Union, which will contain all elements of our integration activities at the entity level, as well as social and economic stability. For us, the first point is electoral legislation, and when we find that partner, we will surely go quickly to establish power at the federal level - explained Covic.

Speaking about the possibilities of constitutional reform before today's meeting in Neum, the "European Constitution for BiH", Covic said that a structure should be created in BiH that will within itself take into account what we have in similar countries, such as Switzerland, Belgium or some other multinational country within European Union.

 I am convinced that on this track, by strengthening the confidence, one can make a step towards finding common solutions that will meet the needs of all three peoples. I, as a representative of the Croatian people, can say what are the minima that must be met when the Croats are in question, but also the minimum interests of other nations should be taken into account - said Covic, adding that it is not realistic to expect a more active role of the international community in That process. 

Source: https://avaz.ba/vijesti/bih/466213/covic-do-kraja-sedmice-moguce-usaglasavanje-izjave-o-formiranju-drzavne-vlasti

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