Serbia’s ambassador to NATO, Branislav Milinkovic has leapt to his death from a parking lot in a Brussels airport. Police have launched a probe to find out the motives behind the apparent suicide that came amid Serb talks with NATO officials.
The Serbian government has issued a statement saying that Milinkovic died instantly night after jumping from the 8- to 10-meter-high platform on Tuesday while waiting for Serbia-NATO talks to begin.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the incident, but could not save Ambassador Milinkovic.
“I met with him [Milinkovic] yesterday afternoon, I didn’t notice anything strange, he seemed in a perfectly good mood,”an anonymous source told Italian publication La Stampa. “I knew him well, this doesn’t make any sense, it’s totally inexplicable.”
Milinkovic, 52, is survived by his wife and six-year-old son. Before he was made Serbia’s ambassador to NATO, he worked as the ambassador for Serbia and Montenegro to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Serbia is not an official member of the military alliance, but maintains a diplomatic mission at the institution in Brussels. The Serbian delegation was in NATO headquarters for two days of talks regarding the disputed border zone between Serbia and Kosovo.
Rumors are spreading that he had files against the Dutch Commander to NATO.