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Yugoslavia: Russian, Chinese UN Officials Visit Milosevic

Belgrade, 27 April 2000 (RFE/RL) - Russian and Chinese representatives to the UN Security Council made a surprise visit to Belgrade, where they met with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. The visit by Russian UN Ambassador Sergei Lavrov and deputy Chinese Ambassador Shen Guofang came just ahead of a planned Security Council fact-finding mission to the Serbian province of Kosovo. UN officials said they were unaware the two men had planned to visit Milosevic, who has been indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal.

Yugoslavia's state Tanjug news agency said the Russian and Chinese representatives voiced support for Kosovo remaining part of Yugoslavia.

Russia and China strongly opposed last year's NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, which resulted in Kosovo being put under UN and NATO control.