March 24, 2023

Vucic: International law died 24 years ago, but Serbian spirit was not broken

International law died 24 years ago, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday at the main ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the start of the 1999 NATO aggression on Serbia, noting that, at the time, big powers had tried to break the Serbian spirit but had not broken it, and never would.

“Contemporary international law finally died 24 years ago – that sounds like an insignificant bureaucratic sentence, but it is much more than that,” he said.

“Since then, nothing that is going on in the world can be worse than what they did to a small country whose only fault was that it wanted to be independent on its own soil, free and freedom-loving and, as such, it was not liked by those who created a new order in 1989 and 1990, in which only they decided about everything, while the disobedient were to be punished,” Vucic said in Sombor, northwestern Serbia.

“They succeeded in destroying the Soviet Union and proceeded to Yugoslavia, and then it was the turn of ‘disobedient’ Serbia, which did not want to accept diktat,” he said.

Serbia wants no conflicts, Vucic also said.

“My message is that we want peace and that we want no conflicts with NATO or anyone else, but we are telling everyone clearly: We will protect our country. And when we tell you what our red lines are, do not play with that and do not pressure us any further, because you will then get the answer of a proud, dignified and heroic Serbia,” Vucic said.

“Our answer is: We are not giving Serbia away, and we will never give it away to anyone,” he said.

“We will not give our children away to anyone, and we will never forget all those killed in the NATO bombing,” Vucic said.