1999 Bombing of Former Yugoslavia: UN Security Council Extraordinary Meeting Tomorrow

Russia: the West does not want to reveal the truth about the barbaric bombing of Belgrade 25 years ago

Aleksandar Vucic

Barring last-minute unforeseen events, which cannot be ruled out given the sensitivity of the issue related to NATO’s 1999 bombing of the former Yugoslavia, an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council should be held on Thursday, March 28. The USA, France, and their allies have done everything to prevent an international debate on this sensitive topic. “The West is afraid to publicly discuss the bombing of Belgrade at the United Nations,” said Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s deputy representative to the UN.

The discussion, previously convened to mark the 25th anniversary of the bombings, was canceled on Monday, March 25, following protests by the French representative who said the topic was “not relevant” and asked for a special vote to update the order of day. The Russian proposal, supported by China and Algeria, did not garner enough votes (nine are needed) to put the proposal on the agenda. Three members of the Security Council voted in favor of discussion, the remaining twelve abstained.

“We once again requested a meeting of the UN Security Council, and after a day of fierce resistance by our opponents, we succeeded in getting Japan, the country that holds the presidency in the Council, to schedule the meeting for Thursday, March 28 anyway,” Polyansky wrote on his Telegram page.

Serbia has been in the center of international public opinion in recent days after the Balkan country’s President Aleksandar Vucic wrote on social media, without going into details, however, that he “received very alarming information regarding Serbia’s security and the problems the country and its people will have to face.”

Vucic demanded an urgent meeting with the ambassadors of the so-called quintet countries (Italy, France, Germany, Britain, and the USA) and with the head of the EU delegation to Serbia, Emanuele Giaufret. According to Belgrade media, the discussion will be about Kosovo’s possible membership in the Council of Europe, as well as in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Vucic said Serbia will “react” if Kosovo becomes a member of the Council of Europe, and among the possibilities he mentioned is the country’s withdrawal from the European organization.

According to Vucic, difficult days await Serbia: “It’s not easy for me right now to say what news we’ve gotten in the last 48 hours. They directly threaten the vital national interests of both Serbia and Republika Srpska (the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina). In the next few days, I will inform the Serbian people of all the challenges that await us. It will be harder than ever,” Vucic wrote on his pages on some popular social networks.

Meanwhile, Serbia’s Defense Ministry said the presence of military police and special forces patrols has been increased in the country’s major cities, especially in shopping malls, train stations, and other public places. The Serbian Armed Forces, the Interior Ministry, and security services are taking precautionary and preventive measures to protect the safety of citizens and institutions based on the conclusions of the National Security Council, which met the day after the terrorist attack on the Crocus City Hall in Russia.