President Aleksandar Vucic told retired US Lt. General Frederick Ben Hodges in Belgrade on Tuesday that Serbia will maintain its military neutrality but is prepared to respond to common security challenges, a press release from the president’s cabinet said.
The U.S. and Poland are in talks on boosting the number of American troops in the country, with a final agreement expected before year’s end, Poland’s top defense official said Thursday.
On May 7, 1999, as part of the NATO air campaign in the former Yugoslavia, five precision-guided bombs from a U.S. B-2 bomber struck the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Belgrade. The bombs killed three Chinese journalists, injured around 20 Chinese citizens, and destroyed multiple structures in the embassy compound. The bombing also sparked a diplomatic crisis between the governments of the United States and China, which included major protests against the United States in many cities across China. Those three sentences are close to indisputable historical fact. Everything else about this incident and its aftermath is subject to a great deal of interpretation —interpretation that still, 20 years later, shapes the two countries’ interactions.