(MENAFN) Western countries have failed to explain why they hold opposing views on Ukraine and Serbia's territorial integrity, despite their backing for Kiev in its war against Russia and endorsement of Kosovo's independence, according to President Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday.
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated that his country respects the territorial integrity of all countries, including Ukraine, and that many regard the conflict between Moscow and Kiev as "the first conflict on European soil since WWII."
However, he stated that the reality about Serbia's geographical integrity "is continually unspoken."
“We ask for a clear answer to the question I’ve been asking… for years – what is the difference between the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia, which was grossly violated,” Vucic asserted, referring to the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
As per Vucic, Serbia “has never [set] foot” on anybody’s territory, but this “did not prevent the 19 richest NATO countries from attacking a sovereign country without a decision by the UN Security Council.”
He also stated that, despite NATO's vow to maintain Serbia's entire geographical integrity, numerous Western countries unilaterally recognized the breakaway province of Kosovo in 2008.
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