Whole debt "too much to pay at once" - PM

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has confirmed he will on Wednesday discuss Serbia's debt for Russian gas with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Source: Tanjug

Vučić and Putin will have a phone conversation tomorrow.

According to the prime minister, "Serbia recognizes its debt," and finds it would be "right to pay EUR 100 million" - but that paying the entire EUR 200 million debt immediately, or by March, would be "too great a burden for us."

This would "reflect on the public debt and the fiscal deficit that we wish to keep under control in 2015," revealed Vučić, and added:

"We will try, although we accept and are not running away from our debt. We think there are reasons why Serbia should be met half-way, because we don't think everything is ideal in the business of some companies in Serbia, but we will present these objections in a partner-like manner."

Vučić then stressed that his job was "to protect Serbia's interests," adding he would do that, and, as he did last week when he addressed the issue, the prime minister told citizens "not to worry."

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