Vucic: I consider Biden a friend of Serbia and my personal friend

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BELGRADE – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has hailed Joe Biden, who is visiting Belgrade, as friend of his country. The US vice-president was one of the most vocal supporters of the NATO bombing of Belgrade back in 1999.

“I consider Biden a friend of Serbia and my personal friend,” Vucic said during a joint press conference with the outgoing US vice president, who arrived in Belgrade as part of his farewell Balkan tour.

“We’re confident that the US wants a stable and peaceful Western Balkans. We thank our American colleagues for their support on our European journey,” Vucic added.

Biden, on his part, expressed his condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the bombings of Yugoslavia. Serbian sources cite around 2,000 civilians killed in the 78-day campaign, while the pro-Western Human Rights Watch put the number of civilian deaths at “about 500.”

Biden refrained from apologizing for the actual war, waged largely from the air by the US and its NATO allies.

The vice-president also termed Vucic his friend, and said that they “accomplished a great deal” during the Tuesday talks.

He went to compliment the head of the Serbian government, but in an accidental slip of the tongue called his country Croatia, which is another former Yugoslav republic.

“I along with President Obama respect the leadership you’ve shown in some very tough challenging moments, Mr Prime Minister, and your positive vision for the future of Croatia,” Biden said.

He praised the new agreement on extradition between Washington and Belgrade, also saying the US is ready to invest in the Serbian economy.

Meanwhile, hundreds protested the visit near government headquarters. Participants said that the American guest had “desecrated” the country by his arrival.

“Serbia will never forget that Joe Biden was one of the biggest supporters of the bombing of the Serbian people, the killing of our children, destruction, capture of Serbian lands,” Vojislav Sheshelj, the leader of Serb Radical Party (SRS), which staged the rally, said as cited by RIA-Novosti.

It’s unacceptable that “such a villain and evildoer takes honors here and that the Serbian Guard is lined up to greet him,” Sheshelj added.

In the US, Biden is considered a major driving force behind the decision to intervene in the 1990s Balkans wars, but has been accused of “Serbophobia” for his hard-line positions.

The outgoing vice president pushed hard for the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, which the alliance justified by claims that Serbian security forces were committing genocide against the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Evidence of such claims never materialized.

Belgrade agreed to a NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo in 1999, but by 2008 the ethnic Albanian provisional government in the province declared independence from Serbia with the full backing of Washington and its allies.

Biden also urged the destruction of strategic bridges and oil reserves in Serbia, reminding an Albanian activist during a Senate hearing in 1998 that he was “suggesting we bomb Belgrade.”

Addressing the Albanian-American Civic League in 2002, Biden compared Serbia to Nazi Germany as he spoke of his desire “to see exposed those who perpetrated what I consider to be war crimes” against the Albanians.

The vice president suggested that the Serbian people must “shed this notion of victimization” and accept their responsibility for the alleged atrocities in Kosovo, just like the Germans did with Hitler and the Nazis. Until this happens no aid should provide to Serbia, he added.

Even harsher statements about Serbs have been attributed to Biden by Russian and Serbian outlets. A number of Serbian columnists claim that Biden called the Serbs “illiterate degenerates, baby killers, butchers and rapists” in a 1993 appearance on Larry King’s CNN show, and later suggested that Serbs should be put in “Nazi-style concentration camps.”

The outgoing VP did call for a “Japanese-German style occupation” of Serbia in May 1999, during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Visits to both Serbia and Kosovo have been scheduled as part of Biden’s farewell Balkan tour on August 15-17.

According to Balkan Insider, the US vice president will try “boosting relations” between Belgrade and Pristina during talks with the top Serb and Kosovo officials.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I am embarrassed for Serbia and the Serbian people that Vučić has the gall to call Biden a personal friend. I realize that business relations are the objective between the two countries but to be bent over by the Americans in this arrogant manner is in my mind shameful.
    Politics is such a dirty, low and disgusting job that only the most moraly and ethically worthless can participate in playing it.
    Luckily for us in Serbia we have the most worthless people to run the country. Another victory for the americans! Thanks Vučić keep those pumped up lips of yours lubricated.

  2. Is this how our Serbian leaders pay respect to our Mother Serbia, that took many Generations of spilled blood to build and protect this country from our enemies, and for future generations to come to live our Lives in freedom, to preserve our proud heritage and our history to remain stamped forever in books written in Cyrillic and on stone walls. To our God given freedom to feel that we are our own Masters of our birth land and our destiny. All this passed down through the hands of our Great Grandfathers and Grandmothers and by all the brave known and unknown Heroes, who sacrificed their lives and who were sacrificed for a place in our Hearts called SERBIA .

    Mr. Vucic may the Red carpet you walk on …lead you and yours with Smiles on the road to HELL !

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