"International law was broken when Serbia was attacked"
HAMBURG -- Gerhard Schroeder has admitted that "like the situation in Crimea," the NATO attack on Serbia in 1999 was also a violation of international law.
"What is happening in Crimea is a violation of international law," the former German chancellor said during a gathering organized by the the weekly Die Zeit in Hamburg, while not wishing to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Schroeder, however, said that as Germany's chancellor during the Yugoslav conflict he was violating international law.
"We sent our planes there... against Serbia, and together with NATO forces bombed a sovereign state, and at the same time there was no decision of the UN Security Council..." Schroeder was quoted as saying, stressing that this was the reason he was "careful with pointing the finger"and that in both cases a violation of the UN Charter had formally occurred.
Schroeder expressed skepticism when it comes to the motives of the former head of the Ukrainian government, Yulia Tymoshenko, noting that "no one knows what kind of material interests she has," and warning of the danger that financial support, that he was in favor of giving, "could go along the wrong channels."
Schroeder again criticized the European Union and said that leadership of the European Commission did not realize that Ukraine was one "culturally divided country."
He added he "wondered if it was right to make one culturally divided country such as Ukraine" choose between the association agreement with the EU and the customs union with Russia.
March 7, 2014 | 17:02 | Source: IFJ | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- IFJ marked International Women's Day by calling on media organizations and public authorities to confront violence against female journalists.
March 7, 2014 | 09:40 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
MOSCOW, WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone last night for an hour about the situation in Ukraine.
March 7, 2014 | 12:18 | Source: Beta | Comments: (21) | Send comment
ANKARA -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would ban the use of Facebook and YouTube in Turkey after the March 30 elections in that country.
March 6, 2014 | 15:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
CRIMEA, KIEV -- Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea will hold a referendum on March 16 to decide on its future status, Itar-Tass has reported.
March 6, 2014 | 12:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (30) | Send comment
CRIMEA -- The Supreme Council of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea Republic on Thursday approved in principle the legislation enabling it to join Russia as a federal subject.
March 6, 2014 | 10:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO had until further notice suspended regular contacts with Russia on civilian and military level.
March 5, 2014 | 15:07 | Source: RT.com | Comments: (53) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by opposition, "Maidan", leaders, RT is reporting.
March 5, 2014 | 14:54 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- A Russian daily claims that President Vladimir Putin last month convinced Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych to sign an agreement with the opposition.
March 5, 2014 | 09:52 | Source: Reuters, Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he believes Russia can help in finding a political resolution to the Ukraine crisis.
March 4, 2014 | 12:31 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug, ITAR-TASS | Comments: (9) | Send comment
NOVO-OGAREVO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that an unconstitutional coup and armed seizure of power was carried out in neighboring Ukraine.
March 4, 2014 | 09:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered soldiers who took part in a military drill this week to return to their bases, said spokesman Dmitry Peskov.