"We angered both EU and Russia - we're doing it right"
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic says that by supporting its own territorial integrity and that of Ukraine, his country has angered "both the EU, and Russia."Source: Beta
Nikolic made the remarks on Tuesday in Prague, where he met with Czech President Milos Zeman, the Beta agency has reported.
Angering both the EU and Russia, he continued, is a sign that Serbia is "right."
"Don't think that this view of ours didn't make Russia and the EU angry. Wherever you turn, someone's angry. Perhaps that is a sign that only Serbia is right," Nikolic told reporters.
The Serbian president described Crimea and Kosovo as "two symmetrical situations."
"The EU recognizes the independence of Kosovo, but dismisses Crimea's right to self-determination. Russia does not recognize Kosovo's independence, but has recognized Crimea's right to self-determination. Serbia supports its own and Ukraine's territorial integrity, which I believe is the only correct position," Nikolic said.
The Serbian president - who was praised and supported by Zeman because of Serbia's decision not to join anti-Russia sanctions - noted that the EU imposed these sanctions over Crimea.
"Whereas, who imposed sanctions on EU states over the (1999) bombing of Serbia? Or could it be there is no equality for us in this world, so depending on the state you live in you will have more or less equality, depending on the nation you belong to? For as long as I am president, I will always be against us introducing sanctions anywhere and against anyone," Nikolic said.
The president also "appealed on anyone who is considering doing this to first travel to a country under sanctions and see how the ministers and the rich live, and how the people live."
He described sanctions as "pressure to remove authorities in a country, which becomes meddling in the internal affairs, which nobody wants."
"The EU cannot count on forcing Serbia to join sanctions whenever somebody in Brussels wants it," Nikolic said, adding that he hoped Brussels and Moscow would "make up" by the time Serbia becomes an EU member.
During his visit to Prague, Nikolic also met with representatives of the companies operating in the Czech Republic, inviting them to invest in Serbia. Italy's Penta, doing business in the Czech Republic, said it planned to start working in Serbia next year, the Office of the Serbian President stated.