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Yugoslavia: Russia Urges Return Of Media To Opposition

Moscow, 30 May 2000 (RFE/RL) - Russia has called on the Yugoslav government to return control of Serbia's biggest non-state television station to the Serbian opposition. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued the call after ministry officials met yesterday in Moscow with a delegation of leading Serbian opposition politicians. Belgrade's Studio B was seized by the authorities earlier this month.

A Russian statement also called for dialogue between all Serbian political forces, with the aim of activating democratic reforms.

But Serbian authorities showed no sign of easing their crackdown on the opposition. Police yesterday detained more opposition supporters, including from the student movement Otpor (Resistance).

During an appearance to mark the reconstruction of a bridge downed last year by NATO warplanes, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic called on the world to resist American domination.