Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, in a speech on September 21, demanded explanations from Western countries: why do they have different views on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Serbia, given that they support kyiv in its fight against Russia, but approved the independence of Kosovo?
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Serbian leader assured that his state respected the territorial integrity of all countries, including that of Ukraine, but pointed to the fact that many describe the hostilities between Moscow and Kyiv as “the first conflict on European soil since World War II.”
NATO violated Serbia’s territorial integrity, says Aleksandar Vucic
He considered that the truth about the violation of the territorial integrity of Serbia was “constantly passed over in silence”. “We ask for a clear answer to the question I ask […] for years – what is the difference between the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia, which has been grossly violated,” said the Serbian President, referring to the bombing of Yugoslavia by NATO in 1999.
According to him, Serbia “never set foot” on anyone’s territory, but that “did not prevent the 19 richest NATO countries from attacking a sovereign country without a Security Council decision. United Nations”.
Aleksandar Vucic also said that while NATO is committed to respecting Serbia’s full territorial integrity, this did not prevent many Western countries from unilaterally recognizing the breakaway province of Kosovo in 2008.
Earlier in the day on September 20, the Serbian President warned that the world was approaching a world war, adding that “the United Nations has been weakened”, as the major powers “virtually destroyed the order of the United Nations in recent decades”. NATO occupied Kosovo in 1999, after a 78-day bombing campaign against what was then Yugoslavia. The province declared independence in 2008 with Western support. While the United States and most of its allies have recognized it, many other countries, including Russia and China, have not.