"Serbia with EU on Ukraine - except for sanctions"
Source: Beta, Tanjug
VIENNA -- Aleksandar Vučić has said that Belgrade supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and is doing everything so it can be with its EU partners.
"Serbia's position is in accordance with international law and the position of the European Union. The only difference is that it has not imposed sanctions on Russia," Vučić said in response to reporters' questions after a meeting with Austrian Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger in Vienna on Wednesday.
"We're doing everything to be with our European partners. I think it's a clear message of Serbia and I think no one expected us to say publicly that we support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine," said he.
Vučić also spoke about the situation after the floods and said that Serbia and other countries in the region affected by the disaster needed European solidarity and help, but did not wish to give estimates about the damage.
Vučić said that Serbia will make those estimates together with international organizations, "because it wants to be realistic," but added that the first figure mentioned by the EBRD took into account damages of some EUR 2 billion, which, as noted, is "a huge sum for Serbia."
He emphasized that the country has no objection to act together with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia in seeking help and solidarity from the EU.
He pointed out that Austria has sent a very large financial support, "one of the largest donations we received from countries around the world."
"We will not be able to cope on our own. We need European aid and solidarity. I hope we can count on it," said Vučić and thanked his hosts for the assistance provided so far.
According to a statement from his cabinet, Vučić said that economic cooperation between the two countries was good, but there was room for improvement, informing Spindelegger on new economic measures and laws that will be adopted.
"We will do everything possible to create better conditions for foreign investors," said Vučić and asked the Austrian counterpart to present Serbia as a good place to invest to his country's businesspeople, adding that Serbia was preparing a package of tax incentives to be offered to foreign investors.
The prime minister stressed that the European way was the only possible path for Serbia and thanked Austria for the support in the process.
Michael Spindelegger said that natural disasters "affect the whole region, and therefore Austria sympathizes with Serbia and for that reason must and is willing to help."
Speaking about economic relations between the two countries, he said he would recommend to Austrian investors to step up their investments in Serbia.
Spindelegger pointed out that Vienna was convinced that Serbia should join the EU while Vučić said Serbia would not give up on the road toward the EU despite the difficulties that lie ahead.
"We want to support Serbia on this path. We know it's a difficult task to implement reforms in the country, meet all the criteria on the European side. You can count on us because we are convinced that Serbia should join the EU, and we want to support you every day in this way," said the Austrian vice chancellor.
While in Vienna, Vučić will also meet with Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and representatives of the Association of Industrialists.
According to announcements, he will attend the conference "Business Bridge", organized by the Austria-Serbia Economic Senate.
June 4, 2014 | 17:03 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
VIENNA -- PM Aleksandar Vučić announced that the Serbian government will recommend to the Kosovo Serbs to vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections in Kosovo and Metohija.
June 4, 2014 | 12:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Aleksandar Vučić says Serbia was becoming "a pillar of stability in the region" and was "doing its best when it comes to the negotiation process with Priština."
June 4, 2014 | 10:18 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The authors of an article about Nebojša Stefanović's doctoral dissertation say they are unclear what PM Aleksandar Vučić meant when he said it was "stupid."
June 4, 2014 | 09:49 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Representatives of the Srpska election list south of the Ibar River in Kosovo will invite people to go to the polls on June 8, it was reported late on Tuesday.
June 3, 2014 | 16:46 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Political analyst Đorđe Vukadinović says Aleksandar Vulin's statement about "great powers not wanting a prime minister with large support" is "exaggerated."
June 3, 2014 | 16:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The EC is watching closely the media situation in Serbia, and is in constant contact with the authorities, ombudsman and representatives of the civil society,
June 3, 2014 | 15:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said on Tuesday that he would meet with representatives of Serbs in Kosovo discuss elections called there for June 8.
June 3, 2014 | 14:41 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The government has appointed Bratislav Gašić as coordinator of all activities to reduce the impact of floods and provide assistance to residents of Obrenovac.
June 3, 2014 | 12:23 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
ZUBIN POTOK -- Zubin Potok Mayor Stevan Vulović has said that it was his "personal stance" that Serbs should not take part in the election in Kosovo scheduled for June 8.
June 3, 2014 | 11:46 | Source: Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić says the argument given by three scientists that Nebojša Stefanović plagiarized his doctorate was "the stupidest explanation he ever heard."
June 3, 2014 | 10:11 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić said on Monday that the government will take "a joint stance on whether to invite Serbs in Kosovo to vote in the June 8 elections."
June 3, 2014 | 09:49 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Minister of Culture and Information Ivan Tasovac said Monday that the freedom of the media was not under threat in the country.
June 3, 2014 | 09:23 | Source: Beta, RTS | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Labor Minister Aleksandar Vulin has said that "a prime minister of Serbia who has the support of 50 percent of voters does not suit great powers."
June 2, 2014 | 19:59 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović has said in a statement that she and Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić had "a constructive conversation."
June 2, 2014 | 16:57 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Serbia on June 16 and 17, it has been announced in Belgrade.
June 2, 2014 | 16:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić held separate meetings in Belgrade on Monday with the ambassadors of Russia and India, Aleksandr Chepurin and Narinder Chauhan.
June 2, 2014 | 14:04 | Source: Tanjug, TV Pink | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Milovan Drecun believes that authorities in Priština are" interpreting the election law in Kosovo in a way that is unacceptable."
June 2, 2014 | 13:27 | Source: B92 | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has demanded an apology from OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović.
June 2, 2014 | 12:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's international position has improved significantly, and the country is now more often referred to in terms of solving problems, says Ivica Dačić.