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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yugoslav Ambassador Milosevic Says Goodbye to Moscow

Yugoslav ambassador Borislav Milosevic, brother of ousted President Slobodan Milosevic, bade goodbye to Moscow Thursday at a lavish farewell reception attended by a host of diplomats and government officials.

Borislav Milosevic, a prominent spokesman for his brother's administration during and since NATO's 1999 air war against Yugoslavia, was one of 17 ambassadors recalled by Belgrade's new authorities.

A fluent Russian speaker, he told reporters he planned to leave Moscow next week but would be back to visit and promote his country's interests. He declined to say what duties he would take up in Belgrade.

Among the guests warmly greeted by Milosevic at his embassy was Central Bank chairman Viktor Gerashchenko, Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu and Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, the defence ministry's hawkish international relations chief.

More predictable guests included veteran Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov, Russian nationalist Sergei Baburin and Soviet-era Prime Minister Nikolai Ryzhkov. Prominent Western diplomats appeared to have stayed away.

Borislav Milosevic had served as ambassador since 1998 and was viewed as a senior member of Moscow's diplomatic community.

New Yugoslav Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic said the ambassador's replacement was natural given political changes and Moscow's friendly attitude towards the new Belgrade authorities.