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U.S. Ambassador in Serbia Kyle Scott, the outgoing head of the diplomatic mission, encouraged the Serbs to look at the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 by NATO “in a broader perspective”. This is stated in a farewell interview with the diplomat, which he gave to the newspaper Kurir.
According to him, neither the Serbian nor the American side will not be able to “turn back time”. Scott noted that relations between the US and Serbia were great. “With the exception of the 90-ies and the events during the regime of [former Serbian President Slobodan] Milosevic,” said the diplomat.
As noted by the American Ambassador, since then 20 years have passed, and now we need to move forward to improve relations, because for this there is a “very good Foundation”.
Separately, Scott touched on the topic of Kosovo. Commenting on the freezing of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, the diplomat said that the American side wants to restore the negotiations and in favour of the lifting of the Pristina 100 percent of trade duties on Serbian goods.
From 24 March to 9 June 1999, Serbia and Montenegro, then part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia came under NATO bombing. The official reason of the operation “allied force” was called ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.
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