"Most countries understand Serbia's position on Ukraine"

Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has said that a majority of EU member-states "demonstrated understanding for Serbia's stand on the issue of crisis in Ukraine."

Source: Tanjug

After an informal meeting in Athens which gathered 28 EU members and candidate countries including Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey late last week, Mrkić announced that High EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton should visit Belgrade in late April.

The agenda of the gathering included topics such as the Eastern Partnership and the crisis in and concerning Ukraine and the talks also covered Syria and other hot spots in the so-called EU's southern neighbourhood, Mrkić told Tanjug over the weekend.

Mrkić noted that Serbia was mentioned during the talks on several occasions and in 90 percent of the cases it was referred to with understanding concerning Belgrade's position on the situation in Ukraine.

”We explained our view of the entire situation and reiterated what is already a well-known stand - that a strong government would soon be set up in keeping with the will citizens expressed in the elections and it will voice its stands both in principle and concerning individual events regarding various crisis spots including Ukraine,” he said.

Mrkić added that he had bilateral meetings with several of his colleagues, two of which had been scheduled in advance, that is the meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil and newly-appointed Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

The ministerial meeting in Athens was chaired by Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Evangelos Venizelos whose country currently holds EU presidency.

According to the release issued by the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrkić's participation in the Athens meeting points to heightened dynamics of the relations with the EU since the initiation of Serbia's EU accession talks.

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