Saturday, March 27, 1999 Published at 21:37 GMT
Russian Duma condemns Nato
Protesters in Moscow demonstrate outside the US embassy
The Russian parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution condemning the Nato air strikes against Serbia.
And the State Duma has recommended that Russian President Boris Yeltsin recall a draft law on ratifying the Start-2 treaty on nuclear arms reduction, as a response to the Nato action.
The Russian leadership's anger about the bombing, and support for the Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been gathering pace since the strikes began.
Mr Seleznev said a meeting between President Boris Yeltsin and Milosevic was possible, adding: "I do not rule it out, anything is possible".
And in a speech to the Duma, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said the issue should be brought before the UN General Assembly.
His comments came a day after the 15-member UN Security Council defeated a Russian-backed resolution calling for an immediate end to the bombing.
On Friday, the Russian Government asked the Nato representative in Moscow to leave the country.
Mr Ivanov told journalists at the Kremlin: "We no longer have, and shall have no more contacts with the Nato leadership, including its secretary general, until the aggression against Yugoslavia stops."
Signs of discontent
President Yeltsin's call for a return to the search for a peaceful settlement has received support from Nato members Greece and Italy.
"It is time to go back to political dialogue to seek a political solution to the problem and to stop the bombing," said a spokesman for the Greek Government, Yannis Nikolaou.
He said Greece had informed both the leadership in Belgrade and members of the international community of its position.
But Italy's Defence Minister Carlo Scognamiglio said the government would continue to back Nato action against Yugoslavia despite disquiet among many Italians.
"Representing the people sometimes involves taking decisions which are not popular or are not fully backed," he said at a conference.
On Thursday, the Italian Prime Minister, Massimo D'Alema told reporters at a European Union summit meeting: "The scenario is opening up for initiatives to return to the political track."
But in parliament on Friday, Mr D'Alema acknowledged qualified support for Nato's air strikes.
Meanwhile, in Macedonia, emergency preparations are under way to house scores of refugees fleeing the bombing in Serbia.
"Macedonia is Nato-orientated and we have given complete logistical support to the alliance, but we would like to see a peaceful solution to the conflict," he said.
According to Mr Gligorov, the fighting is likely to have a destabilising effect on the Serbian and Albanian communities in Macedonia.