Vladimir Putinto: Alexei Nikolsky / RIA Novosti
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin in interview to the program “Moscow. The Kremlin. Putin” revealed his role in the organization throw in Pristina Kosovo and the capture of the airport “Slatina” in 1999. This is reported by RIA Novosti.
The head of state said that the possibility of carrying out this operation, he said the chief of the General staff, then General Anatoly Kvashnin. The Russian leader at the time held the position of Secretary of the security Council. As Putin says, he said that if appropriate, it is necessary to carry out this operation.
“To the question “Why?” he (Kvashnin, approx. “Of the tape.ru”) said that it is clear that we will have out when to leave, but will have something to bargain,” he said.
Putin added that Kvashnin did not dare to negotiate with the Ministry of defense and other senior officials this operation, but it was done.
The Russian March to Pristina from Bosnia in the night of 11 to 12 June 1999, aimed to strengthen airport Slatina without coordination with other troops. It is believed that a subsequent designation of the NATO leadership to “beat the Russians at any cost” could become the beginning of world war III.
From 24 March to 9 June 1999, Serbia and Montenegro, then part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), was bombed by the North Atlantic Alliance. The official reason of the operation “allied force” was called ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.
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