Comment 01 Nov 16

Serbian Minister Revives Yugoslav Tactic for Taunting US

When the Serbian interior minister wanted to scold the US for allegedly meddling in his country’s affairs, he decided to revive an old Yugoslav retort against Washington.

Milan Misic
BIRN
Belgrade
Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, and US ambassador to Belgrade, Kyle Scott. Photo: Beta

Whenever Americans criticised something in the former Yugoslavia, they could count on getting a standard reply: “But you torment black people.”

On Sunday, Serbian interior minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, in a retort to the US ambassador to Belgrade, Kyle Scott, used that old aphorism as a serious diplomatic argument.

Until now, the US envoy to Belgrade has been criticised exclusively by government-leaning tabloids, sometimes using harsh and even abusive language.

This time, Stefanovic, a close aide of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, after saying that comments by Scott on the Savamala affair represented “brutal meddling” in Serbia’s internal affairs, advised the American diplomat to deal with racially-motivated killings in US cities instead.

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