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Russia Warns NATO Aggression Must ‘Never Be Repeated’ as U.S. Rallies Alliance; Russia will retaliate

NATO went ahead anyway, with Moscow protesting to this day.

Russia has issued a warning against a repeat of the NATO Western military alliance’s bombing campaign of Yugoslavia on its 22nd anniversary, as Washington’s top diplomat seeks to rally the alliance for the first time under the banner of U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration. “Such evil, as NATO’s aggression against Yugoslavia, must never be repeated,” Moscow’s embassy in Belgrade, then the Yugoslav capital and today the capital of Serbia, said in a statement Wednesday in reference to the 1999 NATO attack on the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
But on Wednesday, the alliance was hosting a high-profile guest for the first time, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who told reporters he “had a lengthy discussion about Russia” with his counterparts. “I think we all expect our relationship with Russia to remain a challenge into the foreseeable future, but it’s one that we’re prepared for,” Blinken said. “And ultimately, I think what we can hope is to have a relationship with Russia that is at least predictable and stable, and so given that, our intent is to engage Russia in ways that advance our interests while remaining very clear-eyed about the challenges that it poses.” He later named some specific areas of contention between Washington and Moscow, warning of “new military capabilities and strategies Russia has developed to challenge our alliances and undermine the rules-based order that ensures our collective security.” “These include Moscow’s aggression in eastern Ukraine, its build-up of forces, large-scale exercises, and acts of intimidation in the Baltic and Black Sea, the Eastern Mediterranean, the High North, its modernization of nuclear capabilities, and its use of chemical weapons against critics on NATO soil,” Blinken said. He also accused Russia of using “disinformation to erode confidence in elections and in safe, effective vaccines.” The Biden administration has sought to reinvigorate U.S.-NATO ties that were strained under former President Donald Trump, and has lashed out at Russian President Vladimir Putin, agreeing that he is “a killer” and warning he would “pay a price” for allegedly interfering in the 2020 U.S. election.
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