Serbia no longer has enemies, says Nikolić

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić has said in Moscow Serbia improved politically in 2013 and is no longer an outcast of the international community.

Source: Tanjug, Voice of Russia

"Serbia has opened a door that was closed a long time ago and some other doors it has never opened before and re-established all its old friendships. Serbia no longer has enemies in the world. No one says bad things about Serbia. Serbia is no longer an outcast of the international community," Nikolić, who was visiting Russia, told Voice of Russia.

According to him - "2conomically, Serbia is also a part of the global community, but it is also suffering from the consequences of the global crisis, which it could not influence as a small country."

Serbia has incurred too much of a debt, but it has also changed its economic policy. It no longer desires loans, but strategic partnerships, concessions and other ways of revitalizing its economy, he noted.

Europe is unfortunately the only continent that is currently falling behind in economic development, he stated, adding that Serbia was improving its relations with Russia, China, United Arab Emirates and Africa.

Commenting on the country's cultural scene, he stressed the events related to the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, which ended the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.

"Serbia, unfortunately, does not have the funds needed for its culture, tradition and potential to present itself in the world with enough force, but it is trying its best," the president remarked. Serbia also organized an unveiling of a statue of Nikola Tesla in New York to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his death, he added.

The country is preparing to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One next year, he said, adding he would contact Russia, Greece, France, the UK, "and the other allies to organize a joint event."


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