Former FM of Yugoslavia:

"The US and NATO military expansion in Eastern Europe is the root cause of the current Ukraine crisis," Zivadin Jovanovic, former minister of foreign affairs of Yugoslavia has said.

Iran PressEurope: In an interview with Xinhua, Jovanovic, who currently presides over the think-tank Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, said that the crisis resulted from the US-NATO strategy of military expansion to the Russian borders, rejection of the principle of equal and indivisible security.

"Serbia was the first victim of NATO's expansion strategy," Jovanovic recalled.

In 1999, NATO troops led by the United States blatantly set the UN Security Council aside and carried out a 78-day continuous bombing of Yugoslavia under the guise of preventing humanitarian disasters, killing and injuring over 8,000 innocent civilians and uprooting nearly 1 million.

Jovanovic called for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine, and taking into account legitimate security concerns of all countries and peoples involved.

"We hope that the Ukrainian conflict will be resolved as soon as possible peacefully, through dialogue, taking into account the need for equal security of all countries and peoples. Sanctions, threats, double standards, one-sided approaches ans etc. are undermining peace efforts and therefore should cease," he added.


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