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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Sends Serb Refugees Aid

Russia sent a convoy of 49 trucks carrying 150 tons of food, medicine and blankets for Serbian refugees to Belgrade on Wednesday, Itar-Tass reported.

It was the second of three scheduled Russian shipments of humanitarian aid for the refugees, who have been flooding out of eastern Croatia since a series of Croat offensives earlier this month.

The trucks left Noginsk, just outside Moscow, carrying canned fish, dairy products, sugar, blankets and clothing.

Russia has long sympathized with the Serbs, fellow Slavs and Orthodox Christians and their traditional allies.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, President Boris Yeltsin held intensive talks by telephone with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl about the crisis in the former Yugoslavia, Itar-Tass said. Also Wednesday, a top Foreign Ministry official repeated Moscow's objections to military aspects of the latest U.S. initiative in Yugoslavia.

"Further coordination is needed,'' Alexander Gorelik, head of the ministry's department for international organizations, told Interfax.