BELGRADE – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Alexander Chepurin agreed Monday that the ICTY verdict in the Radovan Karadzic case must not be used for attempts to impose collective guilt on one nation or question the status and the authority of Republika Srpska issuing from the Dayton Agreement.

Chepurin expressed solidarity with Serbia and the Serbs on occasion of the anniversary of the start of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, a government statement said.

The grave consequences of the aggression that lead to great loss of life, extensive material damage and drastic consequences for regional peace and stability are visible even 17 years after the tragic events, they said.

They also discussed the matter of Serbia’s military neutrality as a significant factor contributing to strengthening security and stability in the Balkans and Europe as a whole.

The Russian diplomat protested against the campaign of lies by some NGOs about Russia’s role in the WWII liberation.