Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Remarks to the press by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia following meeting with President of Serbia, Aleksander Vučić

Q: How was the meeting with President Vučić? Can Serbia count on Russia [as regards draft UNGA resolution on Srebrenica]?

A: The meeting went very well like every meeting at any level between Russia and Serbia. I would like to underline the dedication that President Vučić is attaching to this matter, which is so important for the Serbian people. We spoke a lot about the historic revisionism that is on the rise not just around this issue, but in general. Some forces are trying to rewrite the history of the Second World War and of the events in the Balkans in the '90s. The manifestation of this revisionism is the resolution that will be voted in the General Assembly. The resolution is very detrimental to the situation in the Balkans and may flare up tensions in the region, not just in the country which is promoting this draft (rather not the entire country, but part of its leadership) but in the wider Balkans region. We realize that the resolution may be adopted, but that will be a Pyrrhic victory for the sponsors.

Q: Are you going to speak at this meeting [of the General Assembly]?

A: Of course.

Q: What will you tell to the other countries?

A: I will keep it to myself as of yet, so that not to alert those who will be addressed in my speech. But you will hear it on May 23. And back to the question that you asked at the beginning, yes, of course Serbia has full support of Russia.