Russia: Europe has failed with the Kosovo plan

Russia: Europe has failed with the Kosovo plan


Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in a recent reply to Serbian media mentioned an ambition in Europe to preach democracy and failed. The most obvious example is the Kosovo incident in 1999.

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Photo of a NATO bombing in Yugoslavia

Zakharova said that the “Kosovo Project” of the West has failed despite the huge resources deployed.

“As for the current situation in Kosovo, it is a ‘black hole’ in Europe, where organized crime and corruption thrive, where extremist terrorist recruits are recruited, where an atmosphere of hatred is forged. and ethnic and religious intolerance.The West’s ‘Kosovo Project’ failed, despite the huge amount of money poured into it and political-media support.It was a complete failure. ” – said Mrs. Zakharova.

The spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry reiterated what the international media had said about the event at that time. Now everything has been completely reversed.

“I remember 10 years ago CNN declared that ‘Kosovo is the land of opportunity’. And now Kosovo is not a state, and there is no chance. On the contrary, in this period, Kosovo has turned into a state. become a ‘problem’ of Continental Europe,” she said.

“It is the duty of those who know history to always remember it and never let this period fade into oblivion. The NATO invasion of your country in 1999 brought a lot of problems. death, a lot of innocent people die, including children. They have never been held responsible for it. It is a pity that it is rare that you can hear words of regret from some politicians. Western countries,” stressed Ms. Zakharova.

NATO’s 78-day war against Yugoslavia began on March 24, 1999, with the primary cause of “preventing the genocide of the Albanians in Kosovo”. The operation, called Allied Forces, involved 19 NATO countries. According to NATO statistics, the alliance’s warplanes made 38,000 sorties during the campaign, including 10,000 bombing raids.

The bombings killed between 3,500 and 4,000 people, while about 10,000 were injured. 2/3 of the victims were civilians. Material damage amounted to 100 billion USD.

During the three months of the bombing, NATO dropped 15 tons of depleted uranium. Then Serbia recorded the largest number of cancer cases in Europe. In the first 10 years after the bombings, about 30,000 Serbian citizens were diagnosed with cancer, and between 10,000 and 18,000 of them died.

NATO ceased its air campaign with the signing of the Military-Technical Agreement in Kumanovo on June 9, 1999 with the Yugoslav government, withdrawing troops from Kosovo. On June 10, 1999, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1244 to establish the United Nations Interim Management Authority in Kosovo (UNMIK).

In August 2013, Amnesty International accused UNMIK of failing to properly investigate the kidnapping and murder of Serbs in Kosovo following the 1998-1999 war.

“Many years have passed and the fate of the vast majority of those missing on both sides of the conflict remains unresolved, their families still awaiting justice,” the organization said.

While NATO has never acknowledged what it did in Kosovo to support Albanian independence, the organization has repeatedly accused Russia of annexing Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014 despite it being what the people of Crimea want through a referendum to secede from Ukraine.

This type of double standard has always been condemned by Moscow because the merger can only be approved if there is consensus through the opinion of the majority of Crimeans who want to be separated from Ukraine and at the same time incorporated into Russia. The peninsula with a large population of Russians has chosen to “return to the Motherland”.

After 7 years, the Crimean Tatar ethnic minorities on the peninsula have also adapted to life on Russian territory and integrated into the population as before.

However, there are still small groups of Crimean Tatars, supported by Ukraine and the West, condemning Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and harboring ambitions of regaining the peninsula back to Ukraine.

Dong Phong

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