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‘We bombed you to save you’ – NATO head Stoltenberg speaks about 1999 bombings on visit to Serbia

Via RT


Although many people in Serbia hold “poor” memories of NATO’s 1999 bombing of their country, it was, in fact, done precisely to protect them from their own government, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said in Belgrade.

He was answering questions about the bombing and about the NATO campaign against the government of the former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, during a meeting with the students of Belgrade University.

“I stressed that we did this to protect civilians and to stop the Milosevic regime,” Stoltenberg said, as quoted by the local media, claiming locals have poor memories of the events.

So NATO wants the alliance and Belgrade to “look into the future.” Stoltenberg also boasted of an “excellent relationship”between NATO and Serbia, adding that the military bloc “respects” Belgrade’s decision not to join the alliance. Still, he maintained that NATO wants to be Serbia’s “partner.”

He also said that NATO supports “dialogue” between Serbia and its breakaway region-turned-self-proclaimed state Kosovo, not only diplomatically but also “in the form of KFOR” – the NATO-led international peacekeeping force deployed to Kosovo.

His words came about a week after a brief escalation of tensions between Belgrade and Pristina sparked by the visit of Kosovo’s leader to a northern part of the breakaway region, which is populated by Serbs who refuse to recognize Pristina’s authority. The KFOR stayed conspicuously inactive during the incident, according to some reports while others suggested that the NATO-led force had even accompanied the Kosovo representative on that trip.

In March 1999, NATO launched airstrikes in what was then Yugoslavia, without the backing of the UN Security Council, after it accused Belgrade of “excessive and disproportionate use of force” in a conflict with insurgent Muslim ethnic Albanians in the region of Kosovo, which unilaterally declared independence nine years later, in 2008.

During the bombings, NATO dropped “between 10 and 15 tons of depleted uranium, which caused a major environmental disaster” and prompted Serbians to sue NATO over its actions, linking them to a rise in cancer-related illnesses across the region.

“In Serbia, 33,000 people fall sick because of this every year. That is one child every day,” a member of the international legal team that was preparing the lawsuit told RT in 2017. Back in 2015, Stoltenberg himself expressed “regret” for the civilian casualties of NATO’s 1999 bombing

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And we should be thankful for what Donald Trump and the Deep State are doing via our support of Saudi-funded head choppers, Israeli apartheid-murderers, Wall Street crooks, and larcenous plutocrats everywhere. i feel thankful. Don’t you?

Sean
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Why didn’t Serbia arrest this war criminal and put him on trial for crimes against humanity in Serbia?

regolo gellini
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Holy words, man !

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Especially after “Hague Tribunal Exonerates Slobodan Milosevic Again”

regolo gellini
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Stoltemberg would happily start the third WW here in Europe because he is the direct inheritor of Adolf Hitler’s principles which are: hatred against Russia and generally all the slaves .
Just look at his effing SS face ! Really a hateful and dangerous person !

Mathew Neville
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Mathew Neville

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is & was a neocon & war-monger.
Supported the US/Israeli agenda full time — thats why he got the “job”…

These neocons sanctioned & bombed countries to “save them” ?????
Their slogan “A price worth paying” remember that one as they murdered MILLIONS.

pepa65
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pepa65

Poor memories — does he mean inaccurate or unpleasant? The former is the proper meaning, the latter the actual reality of how these war crimes are remembered…

yokkker
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Hopefully the world can return them in the same way their explosive favor, son of a bitch.

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