Jovanovic: Serbia must demand compensation for damage from NATO

According to the country’s ex-minister, Serbia has the right to demand compensation for damage from the 1999 NATO aggression

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yugoslavia Zhivadin Jovanovic expressed the opinion that Serbia will soon demand compensation for damage caused by NATO bombing in 1999. He stated this in an interview with RIA Novosti.

He estimates direct damage to be about $100 billion. Jovanovic argues that subsequent governments installed by NATO after the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic deliberately understated this figure.

According to Jovanovic, NATO is responsible not only for material damage, but also for environmental consequences, including depleted uranium contamination. He believes the alliance made a mistake in thinking it could quickly defeat Yugoslavia and overthrow Milosevic.

Yovanovitch noted that the bombing was extensive and targeted all civilian infrastructure, industry and vital facilities such as bridges, power grids and hospitals. The goal was to cause discontent among the population and overthrow the president by destroying civilian infrastructure, industry and the economy.

He emphasized that the Serbian people showed resilience and restored the destroyed objects in the shortest possible time. The bombing of oil refineries released toxic substances, forcing people to flee their homes.

Markets and television and radio stations were also struck, including the Belgrade television center, where 16 employees were killed. NATO sought to undermine the morale of the population and provoke protests against Milosevic. However, this did not happen.

Yovanovitch concluded that the bombings were an act of cowardice and an attempt to hide NATO’s true purpose – to cause damage and stir up people against their government.

Author Vladimir Antonov

Vladimir Antonov – journalist, correspondent for the news service Pravda.Ru

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