Thursday, March 25, 1999 Published at 03:20 GMT
Russia condemns Nato at UN
Fire fight: A serb military flare lights up Belgrade during the attacks
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Russia and China have condemned the Nato air strikes on Serbia as "an illegal military action".
US assertions in council that Nato had the right under existing UN resolutions were backed by the UK, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Slovenia, Albania, Bosnia and Germany, speaking for the European Union.
The air strikes had already led to "heavy destruction and great loss of human life," he said.
The Security Council meeting ended without any resolution on the deepening crisis as the five permanent members remained divided.
Earlier, Russia's President Boris Yeltsin said he was "deeply upset" by the bombing, describing it as ''open aggression''.
China backs Russia
Echoing Russia's concerns, China's UN Ambassador Qin Huasun said Beijing opposed "power politics of the strong bullying the weak".
China' s President Jiang Zemin had earlier called for the strikes to be halted, saying that he was ''extremely concerned and worried" about action which risked "plunging the region into deeper turmoil".
'Peace on our soil'
Four German aircraft joined the sorties over Serbia - the first time that any of its military have been involved in foreign combat since the Second World War - a prospect which has previously split German public opinion.
But Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said the strikes were "not aimed at the Serbian people" and promised the allies would do all they could to avoid loss of civilian lives.
The Serb chairman of Bosnia's collective presidency, Zivko Radisic, also condemned the action.
The Vatican deplored the use of force as ''a defeat for humanity''. Pope John Paul said he was praying for ''the gift of peace''.
Security stepped up
Meanwhile, neighbouring countries have been reinforcing their borders.
Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit warned: "The fire in Kosovo could engulf the whole Balkans'' and Albania has sent extra troops to its border and set up bunkers and shelters.
The government has also set up more camps to handle refugees from Kosovo.
Greece boosted security along its borders with Albania and Macedonia, fearing a possible refugee wave.
Officials said the Nato member would not join any direct military action against Serbia - a traditional Greek ally.