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Fight for Yugoslavia on the diplomatic front

What to do when your country is the strongest global players are torn to pieces, and in the only power that could be a friend and support, everything is not so simple? If you are an ordinary soldier, then your path is clear: to fulfill your duty in accordance with the charter. If you are the head of the country, then you have to not only lead the resistance, but also think about political steps. And if you are a diplomat of your country in this very power, where everything is not so simple, you need, while advancing the interests of your Motherland, try to seek interaction with the state in which you are in the service ...

Such an experienced and wise diplomat, a representative of the fraternal country, was Borislav Svetozarovich Milosevic. Five years ago, he went where he never returned, so there is reason to remember this man, who did a lot for the friendship between Russia and - then still existing - the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Between the Russian and Serbian people, as well as the Montenegrin people, whose representative he was himself.

Yes, now Montenegro, unfortunately, has gone to NATO, and the Serbian leadership is pursuing a controversial policy. However, among ordinary Serbian and Montenegrin citizens, an extraordinary attitude towards Russia prevails, which many still see as their older brother. And the Serbian leadership cannot but reckon with this - relations between Moscow and Belgrade are, on the whole, quite good. Serbian power, even the way it is now, is in no hurry to join the European anti-Russian hysteria. And in many respects it is the merit of that leadership of Yugoslavia, which was before the October 5-6 coup of the 2000 of the year (and earlier - that maintained relations with the USSR).

Borislav Milosevic was first a representative of the great Yugoslavia (Yugoslavia) in the USSR (as an employee of the embassy), and then a representative of the FRY in Russia - as head of the diplomatic mission.

The future diplomat 8 was born on July 1934 in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, in the city of Niksic, in a clan that originates from the Montenegrin village of Lieva-Reka. His father Svetozar was a clergyman, as well as a teacher of Russian and Serbo-Croatian languages. His mother, who was called Stanislav, was a convinced communist.

The war began with the Nazis. Yugoslavia was occupied. The family moved to the Serbian city of Pozarevac. Borislav's parents assisted the partisans. In Pozarevac, Svetozar and Stanislava had a second son, Slobodan, who would later be destined to lead the country in its hardest time. Thus, the elder brother considered himself a Montenegrin, and the younger - Serb.

After graduating from school in Pozarevac, Borislav went to the capital, where he entered the law faculty of Belgrade University. After graduating from school, he worked in the department of international relations under the Central Committee of the Union of Communists.

In 1969, Borislav Svetozarovich became an adviser to the Yugoslav embassy in the Soviet Union. Since he was fluent in Russian, during the visit of the SFRY leader Joseph Broz Tito to the USSR he served as his translator, including at a meeting with General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev.

In the Soviet Union, the diplomat worked until 1974. Returning home, became an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1985, he was sent to Algeria as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. After 1989, he worked in the representative office of the foreign trade company Inex in Paris.

Thus, when Borislav Milosevic became the ambassador of Yugoslavia in Moscow in 1998, there was already a considerable amount of diplomatic experience behind him, he knew three languages. In no case can one say, as claimed by some evil tongues, that he was appointed to this high position only because he was the brother of the president.

And the work did not promise to be easy. Especially if you remember what happened before in Yugoslavia and that in Russia ... It was a period of destruction of both strong countries. The global power - the Soviet Union - suffered a defeat in the Cold War, which could not but affect all the countries of Eastern Europe. The regional power in the Balkans - Yugoslavia - was also destroyed with the direct intervention of external forces. And only Serbia and Montenegro remained together at that time, as part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (this was no longer the country that had previously been, but its surviving fragment).

So, if you remember how then Yeltsin Russia belonged to the former ally of the USSR, - unfortunately, there was no question of any fraternity. “Diplomacy” of Yeltsin’s associate Andrei Kozyrev, supporting all the anti-Serb and anti-Yugoslav resolutions, is still remembered by many as a shameful phenomenon. And those who came to replace Kozyrev were hardly better.

And in these conditions, it was necessary to establish ties between the FRY and the Russian Federation. Such connections, which are possible in this situation. And Borislav Svetozarovich developed bilateral relations.

In 1999, ominous NATO aircraft appeared over the cities of Yugoslavia. The younger brother - Slobodan - defended the country in Belgrade, and the eldest, Borislav, fought for her in Moscow. His position has always been firm, clear and reasoned. He treated his service wholeheartedly. He not only served as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, but also began to speak in the press, on Russian TV.

... I remember September 2000 of the year. Last days before the coup in Belgrade. Then I went with one like-minded person to the embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, on Mosfilmovskaya Street. We did not expect to see Borislav Milosevic there - we just hoped to express our support by meeting with those employees who we found there. And it was Sunday. But Borislav Svetozarovich was at his workplace. And, although this trip to the embassy was even without a specific goal - a purely emotional impulse - he received us very hospitably. I served coffee. And he told that in the days of the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia, ordinary people often approached him, thanked and wished the country victory and peace.

A few days after that, the power in Belgrade fell under the onslaught of the pro-Western coup d'état. For some time after that, Borislav Milosevic remained an ambassador, although it was clear that this was not for long. The road to his homeland was ordered to him in those days - the whole family was subjected to harassment and persecution.

After his resignation, Borislav Milosevic remained in Moscow. He worked as an economic adviser in several Russian companies. But he was not silent, but continued - in the press, on television, wherever he could - to defend his country, to tell the truth about the NATO aggression, about the plight of the Serbs in the occupied province of Kosovo and Metohija. And, of course, to defend his younger brother, who broke one of the other fake accusations at the neo-fascist court in The Hague. It was very difficult for Slobodan to die in prison. Then he had his first heart attack.

We saw him many times after that. We worked on the book “Russian Wreath to Slobodan Milosevic,” which was published in the spring of 2007. He wrote articles on the situation in Serbia and Montenegro in many publications, continued to speak on television, sometimes arguing with those who claimed that the Serbs deserved their fate. Yes, there were such. He also worked on his own book called “Balkan Rift” (unfortunately, it came out in small editions and became a rarity). He defended by his word the surviving prisoners of the Hague Tribunal. In addition to the situation in the Balkans, he spoke on other important issues of world politics, thus continuing his personal battle with the US regime and the bloody NATO bloc.

Shortly before his death, in the fall of 2012, Borislav Milosevic arrived in his native Montenegro. Alas, his health was already deteriorating. 29 January 2013, he died in Belgrade, where he was urgently taken to hospital.

He was a man who until the end remained a patriot of his country - suffering, harassed, tortured ... He became a symbol of friendship between the Slavic peoples. And in the hardest time was on the front. At the forefront of the diplomatic front, where he made a huge contribution to the defense of his homeland.
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  1. Loess
    Loess 31 January 2018 15: 35
    So, if you recall how Yeltsin’s Russia then belonged to the former ally of the USSR, - unfortunately, there was no talk of any brotherhood.
    Yugoslavia has not been an ally of the USSR since the 1949 year. Yugoslavia was in a non-aligned movement. And they started talking about joining the union of Russia and Belarus in Yugoslavia only against the background of preparations for NATO bombing because of the conflict in Kosovo.
    1. pytar
      pytar 31 January 2018 15: 53
    2. elenagromova
      31 January 2018 16: 03
      Are all the "shoals" on the part of Tito - this is an excuse for what was done with this country?
      1. pytar
        pytar 31 January 2018 18: 42
        On the incident with Yugoslavia, there are external and internal reasons. You can’t remove one from the other. It turns out distortion. The Russians have sympathy for the Serbs, understandable. But emotions cannot be made objective analysis! An investigation like “our Serbs, therefore they are right” does not lead to an understanding of what happened there! It would be interesting to hear the opinions of the other side in the conflict! Croatians, Slovenes, Bosnians! In fact, all these peoples are very closely related to each other. The Balkan Slavs have a similar mentality, culture, customs, languages ​​and all have the same origin. There, in general, it is difficult for a foreigner to determine who is a Serb, who is a Montenegrin, who is a Croat or a Bosnian! Someone here wrote that the Serbs and Russians have very similar languages! Yes, Serbs, Croats and Bosnians have the same language on 99%! Unfortunately in RuNet it is extremely difficult to find info from the point of view of other participants in the Yugoslav mess! And partiality will never give true answers! Let's hope everyone at the Balkans has already taken their lessons! Centuries-old conflicts can only be resolved in cooperation, peace and good neighborliness!
    3. Pax tecum
      Pax tecum 31 January 2018 16: 45
      Treat the Serbs as Balkan Russians. That is what they are called in Europe. They are similar to us, not only because the Slavs, Orthodox or almost the same language (very similar to Old Russian / Old Slavonic), but also fate.
      They have a very difficult fate, from the time of the Ottoman Empire (about 500 years of the Turkish yoke), the war for liberation, the First World War, the Second World War, 1990: Civil war, the collapse of the SFRY, the aggression of NATO, the dismemberment of the country ...
      They are in a constant struggle for survival. They do not give up.
      The Yugoslavs (Serbs and Montenegrins, since the Bosnians and the Croats were attracted by the Nazis), like the USSR, met Hitlerites with resistance fire, the only ones in Europe (if you do not take into account the resistance of the Greeks) during the Second World War. In World War I, they generally had initial success ... Some resisted the entire NATO military machine, which even the ground operation was afraid to start, fearing to lose in an open battle.
      And, believe me, if a global war starts, it will be our union enclave.
      During the years of the civil war in the Former Yugoslavia, Bosnia proved worthy. And who does not know that during the deployment of peacekeeping paratroopers from Bosnia to Kosovo, the Serbian militia and the military went ahead and occupied the dominant heights and sections of the terrain so that the Russian "brothers" could not be shot.
      Serbian and Montenegrin volunteers are fighting in the Donbas, just like our volunteers at one time, in Byash Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Kosovo.
      All these points need to know, read and study history in order to understand and realize the importance of our relationship.
      Being, at one time in the middle and the end of the 1990's in the Former Yugoslavia, as a UN peacekeeper and a Russian military man, I was able to truly recognize the Serbian people and country. From there, interest arose in studying the history of the Serbian people.
      I pay tribute to Borislav Svetozarovich Milosevic. True patriot.
      1. Loess
        Loess 31 January 2018 17: 26
        Treat the Serbs as Balkan Russians.

        I am very sympathetic to the Serbs. And I do not blame them for anything, but I believe that if Yugoslavia were an ally of the USSR, then history could go a completely different way. But history does not know the subjunctive mood.
        1. Pax tecum
          Pax tecum 31 January 2018 18: 26
          Quote: Less
          Treat the Serbs as Balkan Russians.
          .., if Yugoslavia was an ally of the USSR, then history could go on a completely different path.

          Not a fact, absolutely.
          SFRY was a regional power on the Balkan Peninsula, with the strongest army in Eastern Europe. All negative processes were going on in our countries at the same time. And they started at the same time. Since the end of the 1980's .., strengthening in 1990-1991. The socio-political system was falling apart the same way (we were socialist countries). More were occupied with themselves. Just SFRY was plunged into a fierce civil war and began to disintegrate.
          Russia miraculously (!) Escaped the civil war in 1991-1993. and decay.
          American and NATO sources of that time did not hesitate to call the collapse of Yugoslavia and the Civil War "a working model for the collapse of Russia."

          And, here is the fact that history could go in a completely different way
          (add my previous comment):
          "If we had not withdrawn our troops from the GDR, then there would be no such lawlessness now ...
          The largest group! They kept the whole of Europe for their tricks, together with the allies in the ATS! And the potential front was in the center of Europe, and not as it is now on our borders.
          Former USSR Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov praised the withdrawal of troops from Eastern Europe as a betrayal by Mikhail Gorbachev and Eduard Shevardnadze "...
          And then there would be no collapse of the SFRY, and the strengthening of NATO, and Ukraine now ... and another bad thing.
          1. Loess
            Loess 31 January 2018 18: 41
            Of course, not a fact, but in Europe at one time the communist parties were very strong and the powerful presence of the Soviet Union in Yugoslavia would significantly strengthen their influence. In the same Italy, a uniform mess was going on with red brigades. And the presence of the bases of the Soviet fleet made the participation of Greece and Turkey in NATO practically useless. Moreover, initially there was a civil war in Greece after liberation from the Nazis and the Communists lost there only because of the intervention of the Anglo-Saxons. The same wide field for activity, provided there is a good rear.
            Generally butterfly effect. In the opinion of the amateur.
            1. Pax tecum
              Pax tecum 31 January 2018 18: 52
              Probably. It’s even possible. But, here again we rest against the subjunctive mood. request
      2. Alber
        Alber 8 February 2018 07: 35
        Quote: Pax tecum
        Treat the Serbs as Balkan Russians. AND

        This is really our closest fraternal people. Good warriors, reliable friends.
        Elena Thunder Respect!
    4. Serge khan
      Serge khan 31 January 2018 17: 26
      "Yugoslavia has not been an ally of the USSR since 1949. Yugoslavia was in the non-aligned movement."
      You will not believe it, but in the non-aligned movement there were many allies of the USSR, not only Yugoslavia, but also Cuba, Vietnam, Syria, Ethiopia, Angola ...
      1. Loess
        Loess 31 January 2018 17: 40
        You will not believe - I know !!! But the article does not write about them.