Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic during the meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stated that his country does not intend to introduce sanctions against Russia, even if it requires the external policy of the European Union.
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
Belgrade may not impose restrictions on Moscow, “if it means alignment with the foreign policy of the EU,” said Nikolic at a meeting with Biden. According to the President of the Republic, it is impossible “not only because of the historical friendship and Alliance during the two World wars, but also because of the close cooperation in the economic spheres.”
Nikolic also noted that the United States lives numerous Serb community, and once again expressed the desire of Serbia to enter the EU. Biden, in turn, said that Washington does not expect that Serbia will choose between the West and Russia, and supports her on the way to European integration.
Recall that two years ago Serbia had opposed the introduction of sanctions against Russia. In March 2016, the representative of Serbia to the UN, Ana Ilic said that the country will never join the sanctions against Russia.
In April the Minister of foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dacic stated in the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Belgrade is interested in joining the EU, however, ready to abandon European integration, if such a step will lead to the deterioration of relations with Moscow.