June 30, 2000Russian Patriarch voices support to Serbian people
Moscow, June 29 - Kosovo and Metohija is a place where genocide is being carried out not only against the Serbian people, but also against culture and civilization in general, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexei II said in a special TV appearance late Thursday.
The patriarch voiced support to the Serbian people and their struggle for preserving freedom, dignity and independence.
In a show broadcast on Russian TV channel 1, Patriarch Alexei II commented on documentary films on destroyed Orthodox churches and monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija and other barbaric actions by ethnic Albanian terrorists.
The show host said the shots were taken by Russian cameramen in Kosovo and Metohija over the last few days.
Saying that he is deeply touched by what he saw, the Russian Patriarch stressed that the shots proved that Holy Objects of Orthodox culture and civilization are being destroyed in Kosovo and Metohija.
The Patriarch said the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), an ethnic Albanian terrorist organization, was chiefly responsible for the evils committed in the province, which he said has become a center of terrorism, crime and drug smuggling.
It was assessed in the talks that Russia should put more effort in informing the widest domestic and foreign public on the truth about Kosovo and Metohija. The Patriarch pointed out that the claims about alleged genocide against the ethnic Albanian population, which were used as the pretext for the aggression on the FR of Yugoslavia, were mere lies.
The show was broadcasted late last night within the main news program, while the show host reminded that June 28 is a great day for Serbian people, on which Serbs mark the anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo.