Serbia "has friends everywhere, doesn't interfere"
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić stated on Thursday that his country has friends everywhere in the world - "in the east, west, north and south alike."
Furthermore, Serbia "does not interfere in any potential disputes of other countries unless it is specifically asked to provide advice or assistance," he remarked.
Addressing a joint news conference after a meeting
with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Nikolić noted that Lukashenko is Serbia's "big friend and his personal friend as well," and that he was "always the first to come to Serbia's aid when Serbia was having difficulties."
There are no obstacles between the two nations and they can only unite if the governments followed the wishes of their people, Nikolić said that Lukashenko and himself are acting in keeping with the wishes of their people.
The Serbian president recalled that Serbia and Belarus have endured major challenges and that they are joined together by common problems.
Serbia wants to become a member of the EU and Belarus is a member of the Eurasian Union and these two unions will never have a better connection than that shared by our two countries, he said.
Lukashenko noted that Belarus has always supported Serbia's territorial integrity and will continue to do so, and added that his country welcomes the efforts the Serbian government is investing in the normalization of relations with Priština.
"We are willing to continue developing the friendly ties with Serbia," Lukashenko said and noted that Serbs will "always be seen as a brotherly nation in Belarus" while his country will "always stand by Serbia's side in all difficult situations."
Noting that the two countries signed eight intergovernmental agreements on Thursday, he expressed the hope that this would contribute to the improvement of bilateral cooperation and added that Belarus is willing to open a joint company in Serbia if such interest is present in Serbia as well. He specified that the company would employ Serbs and a few Belarus and deal in export of their products on third markets.
Speaking about economic cooperation, Nikolić underscored that the two countries' economies are complementary but Serbia's industry has come to a halt and "has lost a lot in the mindless rush to privatization and through crime-abounding privatization cases."
"Belarus has managed to preserve its economy and Serbia has lost its economy and jobs, which is why the assistance Belarus promised in opening new jobs by creation of joint companies, joint holdings and joint presentation on third markets is so precious," Nikolić noted.
He warned that Belarus should not make the same mistakes if it at some point comes to face the challenges Serbia experienced.
"By this, I primarily refer to the economy, agriculture, the attitude to the country's factories and the private sector," Nikolić noted and added that Serbia recklessly allowed for all of it to disappear before its very eyes and for thousands of people to lose their jobs and take to the streets without any means of existence and no future.
"We are now trying to bring about improvements and any government which does not leave behind a better situation than it originally faced upon constitution has no right to tell the people that it functioned well," Nikolić stated.
June 12, 2014 | 16:47 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The London School of Economics has no record of a doctoral thesis authored by the rector of the private Belgrade-based Megatrend University, Mića Jovanović.
June 12, 2014 | 14:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko continued his official two-day visit to Serbia on Thursday by meeting with the country’s president, Tomislav Nikolić.
June 12, 2014 | 12:27 | Source: B92, Nedeljnik | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Interior Minister Nebojša Stefanović has denied that he plagiarized his doctoral thesis, adding that "this was the first and last time" he spoke on the subject.
June 12, 2014 | 11:39 | Source: Danas, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BERN -- President Tomislav Nikolić and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić "are maintaining constant communication and there are no disagreements between them."
June 12, 2014 | 10:44 | Source: Beta, RTS, Tanjug, TV Pink | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BERLIN -- Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić says he found a high level of understanding in Germany for the Serbian position on "the situation in Ukraine and Russia."
June 12, 2014 | 10:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić has appointed Miomir Udovički as Serbia's ambassador and head of the country's mission to NATO in Brussels.
June 12, 2014 | 09:26 | Source: B92, Danas, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Hero on Mt. Avala near Belgrade late on Wednesday.
June 11, 2014 | 17:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BERLIN -- Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said on Wednesday in Berlin that Serbia would "do its best to be a reliable partner to Germany."
June 11, 2014 | 15:40 | Source: Danas, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović has said that "the message to Serbia's leaders remains the same."
June 11, 2014 | 15:33 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić’s decision to go to Sarajevo for his first official visit was "a visionary step."
June 11, 2014 | 12:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- German Ambassador in Serbia Heinz Wilhelm stated on Tuesday that his country "sees Serbia as the key country in the region," Tanjug reported.
June 11, 2014 | 11:36 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A petition is calling on the minister of education to immediately form an independent academic commission to analyze the doctoral thesis Nebojša Stefanović.
June 11, 2014 | 10:29 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- In order to remain in power Hashim Thaci has offered a coalition agreement and the PM post to Ramush Haradinaj, leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo.
June 11, 2014 | 10:05 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić on Wednesday starts his two-day visit to Germany where he will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
June 10, 2014 | 16:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia Michael Davenport stated on Tuesday that freedom of expression is a fundamental right on which any democratic order rests.
June 10, 2014 | 16:18 | Source: B92 | Comments: (26) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- According to media reports, the new prime minister of Kosovo will be Ramush Haradinaj, leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo.
June 10, 2014 | 14:17 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday the Balkan nations were "as one family" and could settle all their differences "in a brotherly way."
June 10, 2014 | 12:42 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Marko Đurić said on Tuesday that "the distribution of seats following the early parliamentary elections in Kosovo has yet to be completed."
June 10, 2014 | 11:54 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia "practically already lives in the EU, as it is surrounded by it, but it can build good relations with Russia and Belarus as well."