1. Yeah, when it comes to Russia, these principled stances are easily forgotten. But the EU (i.e. the member states that recognized the self-proclaimed state of Kosovo) should better keep their mouth shut about 'territorial integrity' and 'indisputable borders' when it comes to Ukraine.


    But the EU is supporting Serbia's arguments about the 'territorial integrity' and 'indisputable borders'; don't you agree with those principles?


    I expect the transition of Crimea from Ukraine to Russia going a lot smoother and peaceful than the creating of the democratic, multi-ethnic dream state of Kosovo. Will the Russian majority on Crimea now stone cars and buses with Ukrainians and vandalize cemeteries and churches? I don't think so. Wanna bet?
    (Comm. Parrisson, 25 March 2014 19:41)

    You have won the bet already. The Russians (not the Crimean ones) are attacking people; no need to go after the cars and buses...
    (icj1, 26 March 2014 04:22)

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  2. The Serbian stance should be simple "Western recognition of the unilaterally declared independence by Albanian institutions in Kosovo i Methija opened a pandora box just as Serbia predicted it would".
    (Ari Gold, 25 March 2014 12:51)

    OK, so according to you Serbia should support the view that the above is wrong (as it has done for many years now).
    (icj1, 26 March 2014 04:19)

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  3. Will the Russian majority on Crimea now stone cars and buses with Ukrainians and vandalize cemeteries and churches? I don't think so. Wanna bet?
    (Comm. Parrisson, 25 March 2014 19:41)

    I'm willing to make that bet on one condition. Redirect the focus a little. Let's bet that they will treat the Tatars like . They will mess with their lifestyles their mosques etc. I am sure I will win this bet because they treat minorities like crap in Russia already. They beat people up for looking Asian. You talk about neo-nazis; what do you think those Putin youth members are?
    (J, 25 March 2014 23:23)

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  4. "the EU is not pressuring Serbia on anything... The EU just thought that Serbia was serious when Serbia for years preached the inviolability of borders of a recognized UN member state...."
    (icj1, 25 March 2014 04:38)

    Yeah, when it comes to Russia, these principled stances are easily forgotten. But the EU (i.e. the member states that recognized the self-proclaimed state of Kosovo) should better keep their mouth shut about 'territorial integrity' and 'indisputable borders' when it comes to Ukraine.

    I expect the transition of Crimea from Ukraine to Russia going a lot smoother and peaceful than the creating of the democratic, multi-ethnic dream state of Kosovo. Will the Russian majority on Crimea now stone cars and buses with Ukrainians and vandalize cemeteries and churches? I don't think so. Wanna bet?
    (Comm. Parrisson, 25 March 2014 19:41)

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  5. The Serbian stance should be simple "Western recognition of the unilaterally declared independence by Albanian institutions in Kosovo i Methija opened a pandora box just as Serbia predicted it would".

    It's not stopping with Crimea. Veneto, Catalonia, Scotland & Republika Srpska are all actively engaged in independence movements. The Basque, Sardinia, Wallonia, the Croatian part of Bosnia, the Albanian populated part of FYR Macedonia are not too far behind.

    ALL are for different reasons no doubt. Some have absolutely no resemblance to the scenario in Serbia. But historically, the West will be judged for opening the gates to all this when it's all set and done.
    (Ari Gold, 25 March 2014 12:51)

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  6. Serbia must be neutrual in relations to Ukranian and Russian political disputes, Eu has no right to pressure Serbia to follow its political policy toward being hostile towards Russia.
    (Ned k, 24 March 2014 11:42)

    the EU is not pressuring Serbia on anything... The EU just thought that Serbia was serious when Serbia for years preached the inviolability of borders of a recognized UN member state....
    (icj1, 25 March 2014 04:38)

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  7. Dumb people learn from their mistakes.

    Intelligent people learn from, other persons with experience.

    Idiots continue along the same destructive path expecting different results.
    (50% didn't vote, 24 March 2014 21:32)

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  8. Russian Republic of Serbia is a full blown Russo puppet. I wouldn't be surprised to hear them say "Putin we will pick up your poo"
    (LOL, 24 March 2014 20:00)

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  9. "I ask you, what policy do you think would be good for Serbia? Do you want us to introduce sanctions to Russia, to have an unfriendly attitude towards them? I think that is not responsible. Do you want us to say that we support a violation of territorial integrity, so that others would say to us: 'You have abandoned Kosovo,' or to say that we are going to abandon our European path," Vučić asked in comment to media speculations about foreign powers influencing the creation of a new government in Serbia.

    -- I completely understand this. Even from an adversary position this is totally reasonable. Serbia has an agenda and it thinks this is the best way to achieve it. Now, can we cut the BS about principled positions, international law and principles? If you are ok with Russia breaking these laws and principles and do not voice any opposition when these principles and laws are broken, then you are not principled and do not care about international law. All you care about is your agenda and your interests. Coming out in the open and stating this plainly would make Serbia more respectable; even as an adversary. The way it is behaving now stinks of hypocrisy. Only world powers can be hypocrites and get away with it. Serbia is to small, too poor, to weak to behave like a bully. Nobody is taking you seriously. Be honest for once.
    (J, 24 March 2014 18:36)

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  10. Vucic your statements make sense. However, I'll have to disagree on the fact that Serbia should not have a "hostile" attitude towards Russia.
    Why not? What has Russia done to Serbia? Nothing.
    Why don't you learn from the Greeks? They are members of NATO and EU but they have never upset Moscow nor Washington.
    (Walter, 24 March 2014 18:07)

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  11. Instead of solving thier problems through negotiations and comprimise, The European powers want to force everyone to do as they are told by them even neutral countries that have nothing to do with the problem. The European Union can denounce Russia all day long, they can even throw a birthday party for the Svoboda radicals and not invite Putin, but none of this is going to solve any problems. None of this is going to improve the situation for the Ukraine, or for anyone else. The minute Serbia gets involved is the minute we are waist deep in the manure that the European Union made for itself with its empty words and laws.

    I ask myself if they are so powerful, and so right, what do they need with us? I think the answer to that is that their power is nothing more than an illusion, and it only exists when they can scare a country into doing their bidding. Their bidding itself has no virtue or solution, it exists merely to continue their fraud.

    They are going to choke the European economy with all this manure, that not even a muletrain could pull. Serbia should tell the EU that they should establish good neighborly relations with Russia.
    (marKo, 24 March 2014 16:06)

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  12. Comm- yeah right, imaginary until they happen and Russians are treated as second class citizens on their land. Sound familiar?
    (Jeff, 24 March 2014 14:46)

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  13. The comment from Timisoara is completely right..The embarassment for what is happening is huge in many countries..in italy the boss of ENI has gone to the parliament and said that S.Stream has a dark future or maybe no future or maybe will have a future..Total chaos...
    (Luigi, 24 March 2014 14:24)

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  14. "I ask you, what policy do you think would be good for Serbia? Do you want us to introduce sanctions to Russia, to have an unfriendly attitude towards them? I think that is not responsible. Do you want us to say that we support a violation of territorial integrity...?"

    And the result is: Saying nothing, i.e. not criticizing Putin for severe violation of territorial integrity by overrunning Crimea and 'usurping' military equipment belonging to Ukraine, not praising him for supporting the referendum by the people living on Crimea who prefer to live in Russia than in Ukraine, and for 'saving' Russian minority from (imaginary) dangers and threats.
    (Comm. Parrisson, 24 March 2014 12:50)

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  15. I think that the best thing for Serbia would be to simply say nothing.
    (adrian.timisoara.romania, 24 March 2014 12:28)

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  16. Sebia should just refer to this page and ask if they are proud of themselves:
    [link]

    How can they expect that Serbia takes a stand in this?
    (Joe A, 24 March 2014 11:51)

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  17. Serbia must be neutrual in relations to Ukranian and Russian political disputes, Eu has no right to pressure Serbia to follow its political policy toward being hostile towards Russia.
    (Ned k, 24 March 2014 11:42)

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