As Yugoslavia’s fledgling political regime prepares for government, officials and ordinary people here say the country’s relations with its Slavic big brother, Russia, are likely to remain good, Russia Journal reports. The best guarantee for good relations between Russia and Yugoslavia is President Vojislav Kostunica, said Gasa Knezevic, a member of the Presidency of the Civic Alliance of Serbia (CAS), one of the parties that form the Democratic Opposition of Serbia. "He likes Russia and, because of that, the future for our relations is great." The importance of the relationship between the two countries was echoed by people on the streets of Belgrade. Relations between Russia and Yugoslavia under the new government will be the same as before, said Georgi, a translator for an international humanitarian organization. "We are the same sort of peoples – Slavs. We want to live better like [Russians] want to. Russia is big, we’re small, but the main things are the same."
The British press has recently reported that Russia was going to conduct a nuclear test either on the borders with Ukraine or in the Black Sea.