Lavrov tells Tillerson about NATO's attack on Serbia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking about the recent US missile strike on Syria, recalled Washington's previous military operations abroad.

Source: Tanjug
(Tanjug/AP)
(Tanjug/AP)

Lavrov also mentioned the 1999 attack on Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) which was carried out without the consent of the UN Security Council.

"When it comes to Syria, we talked about historical facts and Rex told me that he was a new man in the US administration, and did not want to deal with the past. However, the world is such that if we do not learn from history, we will achieve nothing in the future, either," Lavrov said at a joint press conference with US Secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Moscow on Wednesday.

In this regard, the Russian diplomat commented on former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, "because of whom NATO started a war in the heart of Europe and thus in the crudest manner violated the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act," Sputnik is reporting.

"The (TV) transmitter on Avala (near Belgrade) was bombed, which was a military crime according to all interpretations of the Geneva Convention, residential parts of the city were bombed, the embassy of China was targeted, bridges and trains. It was only after two months, when they already run out of ammunition and targets, that these (NATO) countries turned to the security Council," said Lavrov.

He gave more examples: former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was hanged after the invasion of Iraq, and the killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"We've already seen experiments designed to overthrow a dictator and we know very well how it ends. I cannot recall any positive examples. That's why, when it comes to Syria, Russia does not play on the card of an individual, like Assad, but advocates agreement by all warring parties. The dialogue must be inclusive, while the fate of the country should be resolved exclusively by the Syrians," the Russian minister concluded.

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