"Serbia will not erode relations with Russia"
The Serbian representatives voiced the "principled position" that Serbia does not want to take any steps that would erode its ties with the Russian Federation.Source: Tanjug
This is what Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said late on Monday in Brussels, stressing that "no objection was made to the stance," which resulted in "no particular discussion."
Speaking to reporters after the 23rd round of the Belgrade-Priština dialogue, Dačić said that EU High Representative Catherine Ashton did not raise the issue of Serbia's position regarding Ukraine, and said that he and Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić voiced a position "based on the fundamental orientation that Serbia wants to continue on its path towards the EU, and that, on the other hand, it does not want to take any steps that would endanger its relations with the Russian Federation."
"At the start of the meeting, Ashton said that, as opposed to reports in our press, she does not want to discuss this, but we ourselves presented very clear positions and there were no discussions or objections on their part," Dačić said.
Dačić said that the questions of territorial integrity and sovereignty are very important to Serbia as both have been violated in Serbia as well.
With that in mind, Serbia's foreign policy and positions will be balanced according to those principles, Dačić also said.
Serbia, a non-EU member country that is under no obligation to align its positions with those of the EU, aligned its positions with Brussels' views in 29 out of 32 cases last year, Dačić noted.