US developing plan to unseat Milosevic

MOSCOW, December 30 (Itar-Tass) - Russia's Defense Ministry has information that the United States is developing a plan to unseat Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic and further partition the country, military and diplomatic sources told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

The sources said "a US operation on further division of Yugoslavia may begin in March-April 2000 with the deployment of NATO troops in Montenegro."

To lend "a democratic appearance" to the overthrow of Milosevic, US representatives are now actively working with the Yugoslavia's opposition. According to Russian sources, the US has stepped up the volume of financial assistance to opposition forces in the country.

The US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, is the main strategist of the plan, the sources said, adding that American strategists assume that Russia will be too preoccupied with Chechnya to attend to Yugoslavia.

Russian military experts said the US and NATO, while realizing their failure in the Yugoslav settlement, are "trying to "make international noise" in connection with Russia's actions in Chechnya.

If the US implements its plans on Yugoslavia, the Balkans will slip into a spell of "stable instability", while for Russia, the threat of NATO expansion will become real, the experts said.


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