Slobodan Milosevic (file photo) (CTK)
25 February 2006 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry today expressed its regret at the decision of the International Tribunal for former Yugoslavia not to permit former Serbian and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to travel to Russia for medical treatment.
It said that the tribunal appeared to have paid no attention to the guarantees given by the Russian government that the former Yugoslav leader would return to The Hague promptly once his treatment was complete.
Milosevic is defending himself against a 66-count indictment for war crimes it is alleged he committed in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Croatia in the 1990s.
The court said it could see no medical reason why Milosevic should travel to Moscow for treatment and that it was not satisfied that if he left for Russia that he would ever return for the continuation of his trial.
(Ekho Moskvy, AP)