Belgrade, Feb 23, 2008 – The Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that at the demand of Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, the Serbian embassy in Russia conveyed today a letter of protest to the Russian state television Rusija regarding the offensive comments aired in the programme Vesti by one of the journalists working for the television.
According to the statement, the letter of protest states that Serbia finds the commentary by journalist Konstantin Semin absolutely unacceptable in which he justifies the murder of the democratically elected prime minister Zoran Djindjic and insults him.
The letter also expressed intense disappointment that such comments were aired on the Russian state television, particularly at a time when Serbia is faced with the problem of safeguarding its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The Serbian embassy demanded that the Russian state television publicly rejects comments made by Semin, and informs the Russian public on the contents of the letter of protest.
The statement issued by the Foreign Ministry underlines that Jeremic once again spoke on the phone last evening with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to point out that comments made by Semin are unacceptable.
Jeremic said on the occasion that he is convinced that individual cases like this will not affect the overall good bilateral relations between Serbia and Russia.