NATO generals should be tried with Mladic: Russia envoy

26th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia's ambassador to NATO called on Thursday for NATO generals to be tried alongside the detained Bosnian Serb former military chief Ratko Mladic.

"Of course Mladic will bear responsibility," the often outspoken ambassador Dmitry Rogozin told Moscow Echo radio, following Mladic's arrest by Serbian security forces.

"But Serbia will not feel his guilt until ... it sees that members of the international community who shot at peaceful civilians are punished."

Rogozin said both sides in the Bosnian war had committed crimes but only one side was getting punished.

"Responsibility rests not only with the Bosnian (Muslim) leadership, but also with those who enticed them into action, who stood behind their backs. We should be talking about the responsibility of NATO generals."

Rogozin has no formal link to the Russian foreign ministry and often expresses more extreme views than those presented in official Moscow statements.

The Russian foreign ministry is later expected to issue its own statement on the arrest of Mladic, who had spent almost 16 years on the run.

Russia views Serbia as a historic and cultural ally, and also strongly opposed NATO's 1999 campaign in Kosovo.

© 2011 AFP

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