USA/RUSSIA: Earlier, Joe Biden labelled President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” over Russia’s operation to demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine, launched on 24 February to defend the predominantly Russian-speaking people of the two breakaways, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR, LPR), against deadly offensive attacks by the Kiev regime.
The Russian space chief statement followed POTUS’ move to label Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal”.
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also reminded that the meeting in the video featuring Biden took place just a year before the bombing of Belgrade.
“Biden says he was the one who suggested bombing the Yugoslav capital. I repeat once again – he talks about this even before the actual bombing, explaining that if Belgrade had been bombed, as he advised, then 200 thousand people would not have died in Bosnia. And all this is being said by a representative of a state that had neither common borders nor a common history with Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia posed no direct or indirect threat to the United States or its citizens,” said Zakharova.
Russia’s operation to “demilitarise and de-Nazify” Ukraine, launched on 24 February, was in response to ramped up deadly offensive attacks by the Kiev regime on the predominantly Russian-speaking people of Donbass in southeast Ukraine. It came after Moscow officially recognised the two breakaways, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR, LPR), established in the spring of 2014 in response to the Western-backed coup in Kiev and since then systematically subjected to “abuse, genocide”.
Responding to the official request for military assistance from the DPR and LPR, the Russian government has repeatedly stated that the goal of the current operation was to neutralise Ukraine’s military capacity while not harming the civilian population of the country.
The US and a slew of NATO allies have vociferously been condemning Russia’s ongoing operation in Ukraine as an “invasion”, despite their own bloody track record.
In 1999 NATO waded into the armed confrontation between Albanian separatists from the Kosovo Liberation Army and the Serbian army, that erupted in 1992, launching a military operation against the-then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
The successive administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton had initially shown reluctant to implement the policy. However, finally a measure sponsored by Bob Dole (R-Kansas) and senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut), referred to as the Dole-Lieberman bill, passed by a vote of 69–29 and had the bipartisan support of 21 Democrats and 48 Republicans. The binding legislation prodded the Clinton Administration into taking a more forceful stand.
Yugoslavia’s refusal to sign the Rambouillet Accords, citing unacceptable conditions offered to Belgrade by Western mediators, was initially offered as justification for NATO’s use of force. The decision to move against the sovereign nation was based on allegations by Western countries that the Yugoslav authorities were allegedly carrying out ethnic cleansing of Kosovo Albanians.
Codenamed Operation Allied Force, it resulted in NATO forces pounding the country with cruise missiles and airstrikes.
The operation, which witnessed use of military force by NATO without the approval of the UN Security council, ended up killing scores of civilians and wreaking havoc upon the country’s infrastructure. Numerous bridges, industrial facilities and public buildings got blown up along with actual military targets, as NATO airstrikes continued from March 24 to June 10, 1999.
by Svetlana Ekimenko
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