Serbia's stance on Ukraine "must be responsible"

Serbia's view concerning the situation in Ukraine "has to be and will be completely responsible" and will not be adopted by the outgoing government.

Source: Tanjug

This is according to the SNS party leader and deputy prime minister in the caretaker cabinet, Aleksandar Vučić said on Saturday.

"Serbia has always been and is in favor of following international norms and respecting the territorial integrity of countries, but we cannot be lectured on it by those who have easily violated Serbia's territorial integrity," Vučić told a news conference in Belgrade over the weekend, held after his meeting with RS President Milorad Dodik.

"Serbia is on a path towards the EU, it honors its obligations, but it will not take a hostile stand towards Russia and that is all I can tell you at this moment," Vučić stated.

Serbia will have a responsible attitude towards its people and territory, so its opinion regarding the situation in Ukraine has to be responsible and balanced, said Vučić, adding that he believed that view was supported by every citizen once emotions were taken out of the equation.

"This is not about balancing between Europe and Russia, because the Serbian government is neither Russian nor German, but Serbian," he stressed.

"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.

The deputy prime minister underscored that the government was behaving "very seriously and responsibly in the situation while taking pressure from different sides, but above all protecting the interest of the Serbian people."


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