By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade
The 1999 NATO attack against Serbia represented a breach of the international law, Gerhard Schröder, who was German Chancellor at the time, admitted on Sunday. “The current developments in Crimea are also a breach of the international law”, Schröder said alluding to Russian military interference in Ukraine peninsula.
Speaking at the panel organized by the German weekly “Zeit” in Hamburg, Schröder, however, refrained to directly criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin. Schröder is currently the chairman of the board of Nord Stream AG, a consortium for construction of the planned Nord Stream submarine pipeline between Vyborg in Russia and Greifswald in Germany, a project initially promoted by him and Putin.
Nonetheless, Schröder admitted his responsibility for what he called the breach of international law in Yugoslav conflict. “We have sent our planes … to Serbia and together with NATO forces we have bombarded one sovereign country without the permission of United Nation Security Council, Schröder said adding that he was therefore “cautious with pointing the finger” and that both bombardment of Serbia and Russian interference in the Crimea were “formally” a breach of the UN Charter.