Milosevic's trial at the Tribunal has been going on for four years (file photo) (AFP)
18 January 2006 -- Moscow is considering a request by former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to come to Russia for medical treatment.
Milosevic, who is suffering from a heart condition and high blood pressure, has asked for a provisional release from detention in the Netherlands, where he is being tried by the UN war crimes tribunal on
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said Russia is considering the issue.
"Russia has presented the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia with the necessary package of documents, on the basis of which the tribunal should decide to free Milosevic temporarily for a trip to Russia for treatment.”
He added, “Besides, Milosevic himself has given guarantees to the Tribunal that he will return to The Hague immediately after the completion of his treatment."
Milosevic's trial has been going on for four years. The prosecution is believed to oppose him going to Russia because of concerns he may not return to The Hague for the rest of his trial.