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West unleashed a war by attacking Yugoslavia, Putin says

Moscow, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) President Vladimir Putin on Sunday accused the West of unleashing a war in Europe by bombing Yugoslavia 25 years ago.

“A big tragedy. What the West did is unacceptable. Without a United Nations Security Council resolution, it started military operations, in fact, a war in central Europe,” Putin said on Sunday, in an interview with Rossiya-1.

On March 24, 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) launched an aerial bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, which at the time consisted of Serbia and Montenegro.

NATO claimed that it was trying to stop the wave of ethnic cleansing against Kosovar Albanians.

During the 78-day military attacks, NATO bombs killed more than 2,500 civilians, including 87 children, and caused economic damage worth some 100 billion dollars.