"Serbia should say attack on neighbors is not good idea"
BELGRADE -- U.S. Ambassador Michael Kirby stated on Monday that he believes Serbia will act in keeping with its own interests in the matter of the crisis in Ukraine.
The diplomat also stated he believed Serbia "would say that an attack on neighbors is not a good idea, especially from the perspective of a small country."
Asked by Radio Beograd 1 whether the outgoing Serbian government is expected to state its view on the sanctions for Russia, Kirby said that it is up to the government itself to make the decision.
Commenting on the efforts made in the public for the country to maintain a strictly neutral policy, the U.S. ambassador said that Serbia must examine its own interests and noted that neutrality is sometimes misinterpreted as not taking any stand.
"If something constitutes an injustice, neutral sides can decide whether and what to voice as their stand and this does not have to bring them into a conflict with either side, but they do need to remain consistent in their viewpoint and consider the ways to make a contribution to the matter," he said.
When asked to what extent the 1999 "events" - when 19 countries of NATO led by the U.S. attacked Serbia - pose a burden on the Belgrade-Washington ties, Kirby said that the events from the year of 1999 happened and there is no way of changing it, but the U.S. wishes to maintain good relations with Serbia.
"It is up to Serbia to realize this and decide what kind of relations it wants to maintain with the U.S., Kirby said and added that he believes the entire scope of bilateral relations should be borne in mind, not just the events which occurred 15 years ago," Kirby said that "people should look to the future instead of remaining stuck in the past."
April 1, 2014 | 16:56 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić met with Czech President Miloš Zeman on Tuesday in Belgrade and stressed the importance of stabilizing the economic situation in the country.
April 1, 2014 | 16:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sent a message congratulating Aleksandar Vučić on his party's victory in recent early parliamentary elections.
April 1, 2014 | 16:16 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian and Czech presidents Tomislav Nikolić and Miloš Zeman have said that relations between the two countries are marked by a long-standing friendship.
April 1, 2014 | 15:35 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić has announced the possibility of a new resolution on Kosovo and Metohija to be adopted by the Serbian parliament.
April 1, 2014 | 14:56 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Sulejman Ugljanin congratulated on Tuesday Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party on winning the local elections held on March 31.
April 1, 2014 | 13:51 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SNS leader Aleksandar Vučić will present the program of his future government at the SNS presidency session on Saturday, writes a daily.
April 1, 2014 | 13:24 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
SNS leader Aleksandar Vučić has told Deutsche Welle that the new government will strive to work as a team, with ministries that are "no longer party fiefdoms."
March 31, 2014 | 20:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The Serbian representatives voiced the "principled position" that Serbia does not want to take any steps that would erode its ties with the Russian Federation.
March 31, 2014 | 20:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić says "the best possible result for Serbia and Serbs in terms of judiciary in Kosovo and Metohija was achieved, under difficult conditions."
March 31, 2014 | 16:29 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The session of the Serb Progressive Party (SNS) concerning the constitution of the future government will be held on Saturday, April 5, Tanjug said it learned.
March 31, 2014 | 15:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- A spokesperson for EU's Catherine Ashton says Serbia's stance towards the crisis in Ukraine will not be the topic of today's Belgrade-Priština dialogue.
March 31, 2014 | 15:00 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- While in the government, the URS "did not siphon off money from the Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) through party members."
March 31, 2014 | 13:10 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Milovan Drecun says he "does not believe that the EU will take advantage of today's round of the Kosovo dialogue to influence Serbia about Ukraine."
March 31, 2014 | 11:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (32) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- "The Kosovo parliament declared the independence of Kosovo from Serbia in a legitimate democratic process under UN administration," says the U.S. embassy.
March 31, 2014 | 10:33 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- Prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo, Ivica Dačić and Hashim Thaci, are meeting today with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton for a new round of dialogue.
March 31, 2014 | 09:50 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Leader of Progressives (SNS) Aleksandar Vučić will start official talks on forming a new government with potential partners early next week, writes a daily.
March 31, 2014 | 09:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
JAGODINA -- Ivica Dačić says Serbia’s national and state priorities are its road to the EU, along with fostering good relations with traditional friends at the same time.
March 28, 2014 | 17:08 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Almost two weeks after Serbians voted in elections, "post-election silence" seems to be in place, with only some media speculation about the future government.
March 28, 2014 | 14:32 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- German Marshall Fund of the United States Senior VP for Programs Ivan Vejvoda says he has not spoken with anyone about joining Serbia's government.